The director of the Auschwitz camp memorial equated Nazi crimes during World War II with the Russian military now in Ukraine.
The curator of the Nazi death camp memorial at Auschwitz compared the recent killings in Ukraine by Russian troops to similar suffering experienced during World War II.
The memorial commemorates the 78th anniversary of the liberation of a camp set up on Polish soil by Nazi Germany where over 1.1 million people (mostly Jews) died from gas chambers, starvation, cold and disease director compared Nazi concentration camps. Crimes against Russians recently committed in Ukrainian towns such as Bucha and Mariupol.
“The same sick megalomania, the same lust for power and the same sounding myths about uniqueness, greatness and superiority … Written only in Russian. Innocent people again in Europe A lot of people are dying,” director Piotr Siwinski said Friday in a speech to an audience that included Holocaust survivors.
“The districts of Warsaw’s Wola, Zamojšczyzna, Oradur and Lidice are today called Bucha, Irpin, Hostmer, Mariupol and Donetsk” of atrocities.
“Being silent means giving the perpetrator a voice,” Siwinski said. “Being indifferent is the same as condoning murder,” he said.
“Russia, which cannot conquer Ukraine, has decided to destroy it. We see it every day, even if we stand here.”
read the address of @Auschwitz Museum Director of the 78th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
“To be silent means to give the perpetrator a voice,
Staying neutral means reaching out to rapists.
Indifference is the same as condoning murder. ” pic.twitter.com/KGGcHArwNE
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) January 27, 2023
Set up by Nazi Germany in 1940 in occupied Poland, it became the largest of Adolf Hitler’s extermination camps.
The camp was liberated by the Soviet-era Red Army on January 27, 1945, but because of the war in Ukraine, Russian officials were not invited to this year’s commemoration.
Russian Senate President Valentina Matvienko on Friday lamented the move as an “ironic” move.
“They refused to invite the liberators to honor the memory of the victims,” she said. “Of course, this is very worrying.”
In a Telegram post on Thursday, Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, accused the West of trying to rewrite history, saying that “the memory of Nazism and the horrors of the Soviet hero-liberator cannot be erased.” Stated.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who attended a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the camp in 2005, on Friday reiterated his claims that Russian soldiers were fighting neo-Nazis in Ukraine.
“This is evidenced by neo-Nazi organized crimes, ethnic cleansing and punitive actions against civilians in Ukraine. It is against that evil that our soldiers are fighting bravely,” Putin said. Told.
“Forgetting the lessons of history leads to the repetition of terrible tragedies,” he said.
At Friday’s memorial service, Holocaust survivors wearing hats and scarves in the blue and white stripes of their camp uniforms laid candles on the ruins of the gas chambers.