The Israeli Museum of the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem in Jerusalem apologized for the fact that the materials presented at the world forum, dedicated to the 75 anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz, distorted historical facts about the role of the USSR in the Second world war. This recognition is contained in a letter to Yad Vashem, writes “the Present Time”.
The forum was held at Yad Vashem in Israel, January 23, in the 75 anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp in Poland. In it have taken part the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, Vice-President Mike Pence, President of France Emmanuel Makron and other senior politicians. During their performances on screens in the Museum showed video presentations about the Holocaust and the Second world war.
While these materials are not mentioned, neither the crimes of the Soviet Union during the Second world war, nor the responsibility of the authorities of the USSR for the beginning of it. Also nothing was said about the partition of Poland between USSR and Germany in 1939 as a result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and on the card was incorrectly specified boundaries of Poland and its neighbors and did not contain any references to Ukraine in conflict with the current Russian authorities, listed in a letter to Yad Vashem.
Information presented at the event, which was attended by dozens of world leaders contained “inaccuracies” and “partial statement of facts” that “created an unbalanced impression” recognize in the Museum. In a letter to Yad Vashem recognizes the fact that he made the distortion of historical facts in favor of political and diplomatic interests of Putin.
According to the letter, the forum was engaged in Moshe Canton, President of the European Jewish Congress. He has close ties with Putin, and Forbes magazine estimated the state of the Canton in 2018 of $3.7 billion, putting him in 29th place in the rating of the richest businessmen of Russia.
Putin shortly before the forum stated several times that the USSR was not to blame for the outbreak of the Second world war, accused Poland of collaboration with Germany in the partition of Czechoslovakia and actually justified the Soviet invasion of Poland in September 1939. He also said that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was a great success of Soviet diplomacy. These Putin’s statements provoked a strong reaction from Poland and disputes in the Russian society.