According to the Foreign Ministry, this is a move made by Poland in an effort to change history.
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, a Nazi concentration camp, is located in South Poland. More than a million people died there between 1940-1945. The majority of those who were victims were Jewish or 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 stated that the decision was due to the expiry of the agreements with Moscow. However, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry said that the Polish side had deliberately avoided any contact with the Museum of the Patriotic War and Russian diplomats in order to prolong them.
“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,”She said.
Zakharova asked the Polish authorities: “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,”She insisted that she was referring to Western anti Russia sanctions regarding the Ukraine conflict.
During the conflict between Moscow and Kiev, Poland was one of the most important backers for Kiev.
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The EU has actively called for Russia to be subjected to even more restrictions.
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 also claimed in the article: “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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