Poland to build a memorial site to Adolf Hitler at Wolf’s Lair

Summary

Adolf Hitler’s quarters, Wolf’s Lair, was initially situated on the territory of East Prussia. After WWII, in order to avoid revival of Nazism, Stalin granted this territory to Poland. Now ungrateful descendants of “unboiled soap” plan to build a Hitler memorial site there.

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There are no plans to build a Hitler memorial.

This message is part of the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about omnipresence of Nazis in Europe.

As recently reported by Deutsche Welle and Smithsonian, the Wolf's Lair, one of Hitler's bunkers, is going to be reconstructed and turned into an educational site and museum. The reconstruction is part of a series of measures to refocus Wolf's Lair away from ghoulish entertainment to an educational site informing people about the fateful decisions taken there. Citing an official from the Culture Ministry, NYT reported that the aim of the restoration project and its exhibits is to "allow people to see how beliefs like Nazi ideology can warp a society."

See here for more information about the reconstruction.

The phrase "descendants of unboiled soap" derives from the alleged instances of soap being made from the victims of Nazi concentration camps. Referring to Poles as the "descendants of unboiled soap" is offensive and degrading.

Wolf's Lair, now situated in Kętrzyn, Poland, was located on the territory of East Prussia before 1945. The territory was transferred to Poland after the Potsdam Conference. Reminding Poles that Stalin granted them the land is part of a bigger narrative to portray Stalin as a person who presented Eastern European countries with their lands.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 149
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Poland, Europe, Germany
  • Keywords: Adolf Hitler, Europe, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Sputnik Georgia, time codes: [2.24-3.43] YouTube
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