Disinfo: The West has been trying to whitewash Nazi crimes

Summary

There have been attempts recently by the West to whitewash Nazi crimes and transfer responsibility for World War II to the Soviet Union.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attempting to link the West and its allies in the Baltic countries, Ukraine, and Poland with NazismFascism, and anti-Semitism. The accusation of Nazism is a popular propaganda technique used by pro-Kremlin outlets as explained in our following analysis Nazi east, Nazi west, Nazi over the cuckoo's nest.

The statement that the West tries to whitewash Nazi crimes is a conspiracy theory and a part of the Kremlin’s efforts aimed at historical revisionism, and absolving the USSR of any responsibility towards the instigation of World War II and shifting it instead to Western countries.

This is part of a recurring attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact through statements that the USSR was forced to sign this pact; other European countries signed various international agreements with Adolf Hitler and the Munich Agreement triggered WWII. The signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was a mutual decision of two totalitarian regimes (Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR) aimed at the division of Eastern and Central Europe between these two powers. It is a fact that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries between the USSR and Germany.

As other examples of this narrative, read the debunking of the claim that the European Union is a Nazi Project here. In addition, see similar disinformation cases such as Europe is becoming Nazi again, and the EU continues aggressive policies of Nazi Germany.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 197
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: USSR, Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: United Nations, Historical revisionism, WWII, The West, Nazi/Fascist

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on WWII and the West.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message focusing on Finland and Russia's Karelia during WWII. In October 2019, Russia's Security Service FSB released "secret documents" about the conditions in the Finnish camps. In April 2020, more documents were published, and former prisoners of the Finnish concentration camps asked the head of the Russian Investigating committee Alexander Bastrykin to launch an investigation into crimes of the occupying authorities during the war.

While it is true, therefor, that Russia's investigative committee has indeed launched such an investigation, the media outlet in question repeats its questionable claims without challenging them.

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Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory connected to recurring disinformation claims about the US allegedly developing bioweapons at secret facilities. See related examples of disinformation about the Lugar lab in Georgia. These messages are a longstanding element of pro-Kremlin disinformation - and especially in the current context of the coronavirus pandemic, pro-Kremlin media have been actively spreading disinformation claims about the US - or the West more broadly - manufacturing biological weapons; see here for an overview.

Also see related disinformation cases alleging that US laboratories in Ukraine are deadly; that COVID-19 brings attention to secret US laboratories on the borders of US and China; that US is afraid of leakage of infectious substances on its territory so it builds secret laboratories in colonized countries.