Revisionist debates about WW2 are raging as the old media hegemony disintegrates, and others have a chance to present their side of the story.
On the Russian side, you have the argument that it was the Soviets who did the lion’s share of the job, and don’t get enough credit for it. Ukrainian nationalists argue that they were on the right side in joining Hitler against the evil Bolsheviks. And conservative voices, including in Germany, are arguing that Hitler never wanted war and that the war was forced on him by England and the US, who did want it, and that among other things, the Holocaust never happened.
RT’s documentary film division makes a high quality contribution to the debate supporting the Russian view. It contains extensive interviews with German historians confirming much of what the Russians are saying. From RT:
A new RT documentary “Remembrance” examines the revisionist narratives about World War II that have muddied the Soviet Union’s role in defeating Nazi Germany, and obscured the sacrifices made by its people.
“I think World War II has been distorted incredibly by the Anglo-American media, and that’s because they wanted to diminish the role of Russia and Stalin who actually defeated Hitler, you know. It wasn’t the United States and Britain that defeated him, it was really Stalin,” says Dan Henderson, a US journalist.
As the crew journeys through Poland, one of the main ideological battlegrounds where perception of the conflict still influences present-day politics, it speaks to those who view the Red Army as liberators, and increasingly those to whom they were invaders. It discusses war landmarks such as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and lend-lease and sees how their perception changed during the Cold War, and again since the fall of the Iron Curtain.
“Red Army soldiers as liberators? In Poland, the situation’s different. It’s hard for Poles to speak of liberation. We were liberated only in 1989, it’s a different topic altogether,” says Krzysztof Kowalec, professor at the Institute of National Remembrance.
“In 50 years, Polish kids will think Poland was liberated by… the US Army and not the Red Army. But we won’t allow that!”responds Tadeusz Kowalczyk, a Polish army colonel, defending the opposite view.
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