Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that documents on World War II will be available. This is intended to counteract the falsification of history. At the same time, the head of the Kremlin again criticizes a resolution of the European Parliament.
According to Vladimir Putin, Russia wants to make its archive documents on the Second World War available to the general public. Such an open center and a website should in future work against attempts to falsify history, said the Kremlin chief on Saturday in St. Petersburg. The president commemorated the anniversary of the breakthrough of the Leningrad blockade and met with veterans. The German Wehrmacht besieged Leningrad (St. Petersburg) from 1941 to 1944 to wipe out the city.
“We will shut up those who try to rewrite history … and diminish the role of our fathers and grandfathers, our heroes who died to protect their homes and virtually the whole world from the brown plague,” said Putin according to the Kremlin. He said that some officials abroad could not keep their “shamefull mouth” shutted. They drag the role of the Soviet Union in the liberation from Hitler fascism into the dirt. “I would like to emphasize once again that we will fill this shame with documents, forever.”
At the same time, the Kremlin chief once again criticized a resolution of the European Parliament that gave the Soviet Union partial blame for World War II. “It gives the impression that these people either cannot read or cannot write – or have no eyes,” said Putin.
Russia celebrates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the victory of the Soviet Union on May 9 with a large military parade in Moscow. In addition, state guests from all over the world are expected. French President Emmanuel Macron has already agreed. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and US President Donald Trump are also invited.
Leningrad blockade was one of the most serious crimes of the German Wehrmacht
At the veteran’s meeting, Putin announced a one-time payment of 75,000 rubles (1100 euros) for all veterans on the anniversary. At the commemoration in St. Petersburg, he also praised the State of Israel, which held up the memory of the Holocaust – the genocide of the Jews.
Putin will deliver a speech in Jerusalem on Thursday at the Holocaust commemoration in Yad Vashem. The Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp 75 years ago, which is considered a symbol of the Holocaust. During his visit to Jerusalem, Putin also wants to inaugurate a monument to the Leningrad blockade in Sacher Park. The 900-day blockade is one of the most serious crimes against the humanity of the German Wehrmacht in World War II.
At the command of Adolf Hitler, the city was to be wiped out by systematic starvation of its residents. More than a million people died of hunger, cold and illness, as well as grenade fire and the fighting for Leningrad. The blockade was broken by the Red Army on January 18, 1944 and ended on January 27.