Disinfo: The West is trying to review the results of the Nuremberg trials

Summary

We see many attempts to present history in a completely different way. For example, Western officials, summing up the results of World War II, only talk about the contribution of the USA and Great Britain, deliberately ignoring the key role of the USSR in the victory over fascism. They try to revise the results of the Nuremberg Tribunal.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation on World War II and historical revisionism, accusing the West of rewriting history and trying to deprive Russia of its glorious victory over Nazi Germany. The claim about the attempted revision of the results of the Nuremberg trials, is speculative with no evidence provided. This disinformation narrative baselessly accuses Western countries of rewriting history and labels anyone daring to challenge the Kremlin’s version as “Russophobic”.

Western historians acknowledge the role played by the USSR in defeating Nazism and do not question the Soviet contribution to the victory in WWII and the status of the USSR as a country which had won in WWII.

See other examples of Russian disinformation narratives on WWII in our database, claiming that Western countries revise history to avoid responsibility for allowing Hitler to attack the USSR; that the USSR had no role in the outbreak of the war; that Western democracies are primarily responsible for this conflict; or that by defeating Nazism, Stalin atoned for crimes against his own people,  European countries try to rewrite history of the WWII – Russia preserves the truth, that Ukraine revises the verdict of the Nuremberg trials or Belgium installed a Waffen-SS memorial, violating the Nuremberg tribunal’s decisions.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, USSR, US
  • Keywords: War crimes, Historical revisionism, WWII

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

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Disproof

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Disproof

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