Polish President Andrzej Duda told Polish television he would skip the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem if he is not given the same opportunity to speak, as was extended to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
– Both contradicted each other over cause of WWII.
By LAHAV HARKOV
Warsaw and Moscow’s argument over who collaborated with the Nazis continued this week, with Polish President Andrzej Duda threatening to skip the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem this month if he is not given the chance to speak like Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Duda told Polish television station TVP on Sunday night: “I found out that the presidents of Germany, France and Russia, whose countries collaborated with Nazi Germany, will give speeches.” Continue Reading »
Russian President Vladimir Putin, “The Holocaust is a non-healing wound, a terrible lesson, a warning to all current and future generations.
“Such tragedies, crimes against humanity cannot, should not be forgotten.”
By Reuters , Israel Hayom Staff
The crimes of the Holocaust will never be forgiven, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday at the inauguration of a memorial dedicated to the Jewish resistance in Nazi concentration camps and ghettos.
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the opening ceremony of the monument to the heroes of resistance in the fascist camps and the Jewish ghetto (Moscow, the Jewish Museum and the Center of Tolerance) – Photo: Embassy of Russia in Israel
Standing on stage next to oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, the monument sponsor, and Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, Putin said, “Mass killings of people which turned into an industry are a beastly crime of Nazism that cannot be forgiven. Continue Reading »
Opponents of the new law say Russia’s aim is to silence historians & journalists who dispute the glorification of the ex-USSR’s actions during World War II.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday making the denial of Nazi crimes and distortion of the Soviet Union’s role in the World War Two a criminal offence punishable by up to five years in jail.
Russian military vehicles rehearsing for Victory Day parade, Red Square, Moscow, May 5, 2014. – Photo: AP
The law, described by critics as an attempt to curb freedom of expression to appease conservative Russians, the ex-KGB spy’s main support base, also criminalizes the public desecration of war memorials. Continue Reading »
Israeli Knesset honors unsung heroes of WWII Tuesday.
Veterans will march in Tel Aviv on Thursday in full uniform marking Victory
By Associated Press
Once a year, Israel’s Jewish war veterans don suit jackets and uniforms dripping in Red Army medals, the shiny bronzes and silvers pinned to their chests in tight rows like armor.
Boris Ginsburg, Ashdod (Photo: AP)
About 500,000 Jews served in the Soviet Red Army during World War II. Most of those still alive today – about 7,000 – are said to live in Israel.
Every year on Victory Day, which falls on Thursday this year, they parade in uniform throughout Israel to celebrate Nazi Germany’s surrender to the Soviet Union. Continue Reading »
The heirs of 2 Jewish families whose paintings were stolen during World War II will receive 7 paintings from France.
France will return seven paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries to the heirs of two Jewish families whose artworks were stolen during World War II, the French culture ministry told AFP on Thursday.
Six paintings by Italian and German artists will be returned to Thomas Selldorff, the octogenarian grandson of Austrian textile magnate Richard Neumann, who was forced to flee his country in 1938.
Neumann came with part of his art collection to Paris but fled to Spain when the Nazis occupied France and eventually reached Cuba, where he settled. Continue Reading »