Moscow slams removal of Russian expo at Auschwitz death camp — Analysis
Poland’s move is an attempt at rewriting history, insists the Foreign Ministry
By shutting down the Russian exhibition at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and museum, Poland is trying to eradicate the memory of World War II and the sacrifice of the Soviet people, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Auschwitz-Birkenau was a Nazi death camp that existed in south Poland. It housed over one million victims between 1940 and 1945. Most of them were Jewish and Soviet prisoners.
It was liberated by the Red Army in January 1945.
Russia’s Museum of the Patriotic War used to maintain a permanent exhibition at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but in May the Polish authorities made a decision to shut it down, Maria Zakharova said during a briefing.
Warsaw claimed that the change was caused by the expiry of the pertinent agreements with Moscow. But, according to the Foreign Ministry spokesperson, the Polish side intentionally avoided all contact on prolonging these with the Museum of the Patriotic War or with Russian diplomats.
“It’s another cynical attempt by Warsaw to eradicate the memory of the tragedy of World War II, the colossal sacrifice of the Soviet people and their mission of liberation,”Sie said.
Zakharova addressed the Polish authorities and asked: “Do you understand that the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum isn’t Disneyland, where you can just change signs, paint store windows in different colors? And, generally, ‘refresh the exposition’ from time to time, inventing new attractions and getting rid of the old ones, in order to keep the public entertained?”
“You can’t change history simply because the current political conjuncture requires this of you,”Insisted she, refering to Western anti Russia sanctions on the Ukraine conflict.
Poland was a strong backer of Kiev in the conflict with Moscow.
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The EU has actively asked Russia to place more restrictions on Russia, after it provided weapons for Ukraine, including half its tanks.
Polish authorities are known for their Russophobic policies. Premier Mateusz Morawiecki stated in a Telegraph opinion piece that the Kremlin is now pursuing an ideology. “a cancer which is consuming not only the majority of Russian society, but also poses a deadly threat to the whole of Europe.”
Morawiecki stated in the same article that “while the Red Army defeated Nazi Germany, it brought slavery to many nations.”
In late May, a poll by local paper Myśl Polska found Poland to be the world’s most Russophobic nation, with 87% of those surveyed saying that had a negative opinion of Russia.
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