Disinfo: Western countries revise WWII history to evade responsibility for allowing Hitler to gather strength for the attack on the USSR

Summary

For several years, Moscow has been warning about the attempts of Western countries to revise the history of WWII.
The goal of the revision of WWII history is to approve a new interpretation of this period with the following goals:
a). UK, France and the US get rid of their responsibilities for allowing Hitler to gather strength for the attack at the East (Drang nach Osten);
b). maximal limitation of the role of the USSR in the victory over Germany;
c). the fault of Germany for outbreak of WWII and the fault of the West for its tactical games is divided between Germany and the USSR.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses the West of the “falsification and re-writing” of WWII history in order to “minimise the role of the USSR in victory over Nazism” and to “get rid of its share of the blame for the outbreak of WWII”. The same opinion piece contained other disinformation about the dismantling of the Konev monument in Prague, Western democracies preferring to co-operate with Hitler instead of the USSR in the 1930s and Poland cooperating with Hitler before the German attack on their country.

Any disagreement with the official Kremlin’s view of the history of WWII is automatically labelled by Russia as support for “Nazism”. The perception of WWII history in the EU and the USA is based on facts, shared by the predominant majority of historians. Both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were harsh totalitarian regimes, which directly caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. These two regimes signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with a Secret Supplementary Protocol, assuming the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries.

The European Parliament resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe stressed the fact that WWII was an immediate result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The resolution is aimed at the promotion of historical remembrance about WWII and condemnation of totalitarian ideologies. Western countries do not question the role of the USSR in the victory over Nazi Germany.

See similar examples of the Russian accusations against particular European countries regarding falsification and re-writing of history - Poland creates and promotes its historical myths in an active and aggressive wayPoland and Lithuania question the status of Russia as a country who won WWIIPresident Duda and President Zelensky promote propaganda and Poland tries to adjust history to politics, misinterpreting the historical facts.

[Note: This opinion piece contained other disinformation about the removal of the Konev monument in Prague and Poland and Western democracies cooperating with Hitler.]

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 196
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: UK, Russia, US, Germany, France
  • Keywords: USSR, Anti-Russian, Historical revisionism, WWII, Adolf Hitler, The West, Nazi/Fascist

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The dismantling of the Konev monument in Prague is a result of Russophobia that has recently emerged in Czechia. It is generated by a tiny group based mainly in Prague, but it has a vast reach through particular media. The people promoting Russophobia have a strategic plan that combines both political and economic goals. In terms of economy, they want to move the countries of Eastern and Central Europe away from energy dependency on Russia. In this way, they aim to strengthen the dependency of the region on Western Europe and the USA. In terms of politics, they want to prevent the countries of the region to implement “foreign policy in all directions”, reducing their sovereignty and strengthening their connection to American geopolitical strategy.

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Recurring conspiracy theory consistent with the pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about EU countries being US puppets and the supposedly hostile anti-Russian intentions of the West. It is one of several disinformation cases about the democratically-decided removal of the Konev monument in Prague - an incident that has raised the ire of the Kremlin and even led Moscow to open a symbolic criminal case to investigate the alleged "defiling of symbols of Russia's military glory."

The democratically elected municipal council of Prague 6 voted for the removal of the Konev statue. Using the protocol of the Politbureau's assembly, Czech historians established that on 8-14 May 1968, Konev chaired the Soviet military delegation sent to Prague to prepare the military invasion of Czechoslovakia. Konev was also chief of the Soviet troops in East Germany during the Berlin wall crisis in 1961. In other words, the Red Army brought not only liberation but also  terror to Czechia, as the mayor of Prague 6, Ondřej Kolář, reminded.

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It is known that initially, Stalin tried to find allies among Western democracies, which, however, counted on the clash of two totalitarian systems. This conflict would have destroyed their potential, enabling Western capitals to reconstruct devastated Eastern and Central Europe, not without profit for itself. In the 1930s, the Western democracies had enough force to suppress Hitler’s aggression in the bud and the USSR offered them a coalition against Hitler. Although, they were afraid of Bolshevism, so that is why they preferred Hitler.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by the statements that the USSR was forced to sign this pact; other European countries signed various international agreements with Adolf HitlerMunich Agreement triggered WWII and various historical conspiracies saying that the Western democracies wanted to inspire a war between Nazism and Communism.

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