Liberation of Auschwitz
January 27, 1945
Only the Most Self-Serving and Reactionary Forces Could Use the Memory of the European Holocaust to Justify Ongoing Violations of Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity
– Louis Lang –
On the occasion of the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazis’ Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Red Army, CPC(M-L) is republishing an article by Louis Lang written on the 75th anniversary of this event in 2020.
In the past week memorial events were held marking the day 75 years ago, on January 27, 1945, when Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Red Army.
Survivors, political leaders, heads of state and clergy participated in ceremonies, especially one at the site of the death camp, to pay tribute to all the victims and survivors. Yet it seems that the world still has not been able to close the book on all these historic events. There is still controversy over World War II and although there have been great words of sorrow for the events and even a sense of guilt expressed by some, no single country in Europe has committed itself to defend human rights, not just as a mere formality, but with the content of defending the human rights of all.
What can we conclude from the declarations and expressions of sorrow and even guilt from various heads of state and political leaders? It seems that their intention is to divert attention from the fact that various authorities are not discharging their obligations, but are attempting to confine the demand for human rights to the forms which suit their purposes.
Not one can say that they have succeeded in changing this situation so that the rights of human beings are guaranteed. Not only have they not succeeded, they have no plan to do so. Since World War II how many examples exist of the rights of human beings being trampled underfoot?
The most recent example of attempts to falsify history has been the resolution passed by the European Union which tries to equate the aggression of Nazi Germany with the role played by the Soviet Union, claiming that both were aggressive powers responsible for unleashing World War II. Such claims fly in the face of facts when everyone knows that the USSR was the country that made the greatest sacrifices to stop the German Nazi aggression.
How can we explain that after such acts of boundless brutality and barbarism and the defeat of Nazi Germany, still, great controversies are created about what happened and how to stop it from happening again?
Seventy-five years after the liberation of Auschwitz, falsifications of history are being put forward under the guise of sorrow for the victims. Instead of de-Nazification, which was supposed to be carried out after the Nuremberg trials and to which many of the western allies paid lip service, today we can see that various east European countries are destroying the monuments that were built to honour the sacrifices and victories of the Soviet army in liberating these countries.
Now these same countries, including Ukraine, Latvia and Poland are erecting monuments to rehabilitate collaborators who assisted the Nazis in putting down the revolt of the people against the German occupation of their countries.
For example, Poland is now passing laws to make it illegal to discuss the role played by various forces who assisted the Nazi occupiers in Poland.
State leaders who spoke on January 27 in Auschwitz, instead of dealing with the real problems faced by the people in their countries, used the occasion to impose their own narrow political goals and invoke the memories of the Holocaust to further their own interests.
The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, used his speech at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on January 23 to justify Zionist aggression in the Middle East and elsewhere. He said, “But for the Jewish people, Auschwitz is more than the ultimate symbol of evil. It is also the ultimate symbol of Jewish powerlessness. It is the culmination of what can happen whenever people have no voice, no land, no shield.”
These hypocritical declarations fool no one. The whole world is witness to the fact that this “shield,” which the Israeli Zionists claim is for self-defence, has been used since 1948 to commit terrorist attacks to expel over 800,000 Palestinians from their lands and has created mass displacement of people whose villages and homes were destroyed.
This continues right to today. For the past 14 years the people of Gaza have suffered continuous bombing and military attacks against civilians by the Israeli Army. Israel has turned Gaza into the largest open air prison in the world where over two million people are under attack and forced to live in inhuman conditions.
To invoke the memory of the Holocaust to justify inflicting such suffering on the Palestinian people is a crime that will not go unpunished.
The speeches by various leaders in the past week are a continuation of the attempt to rewrite history. Not only do they refuse to recognize the unmatched role of the Soviet Union and the Red Army in the defeat of German fascism, at such great sacrifice by the Soviet people, they go even further to spread confusion about the nature of fascism.
They go to great lengths to equate anti-Semitism and Nazism. This is far from the truth because German fascism was far more than anti-Semitism. It was unbridled imperialism with the aim of world domination, which resulted in the mass extermination of Jews and Slavic people like Russians and Poles. Hundreds of thousands of Romani people and people with mental illnesses or handicaps were also executed in the concentration camps. The Nazis carried out politically motivated assassinations as well of trade unionists, communists and anyone who opposed the expansionist plans of Nazi Germany. To reduce Nazi Germany to anti-Semitism and to declare that today criticism of Israeli crimes and Zionism are tantamount to anti-Semitism and constitute hate crimes is to falsify history and use the deaths of millions of people for narrow self-serving political ends.
All the falsifications of history promoted by the Western media on this 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz cannot cover up the real history of World War II and the supreme sacrifices made by the people of the world who fought to uphold the cause of freedom, democracy and peace to achieve victory over German fascism.
1. In August 2019 a monument was erected in the Ukrainian Village of Sambir dedicated to 17 members of Stepan Bandera’s Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, Nazi collaborators who were responsible for the deaths of thousands of Jews and more then 100,000 Poles. Several uniformed Canadian soldiers, serving in Ukraine, participated in the dedication of the monument.
2. The full text of Netanyahu’s speech can be found in the Times of Israel, January 23, 2020.