April 30, 1945, Hitler commits suicide: 77 years later, they do not forget what ideologies of hatred can lead to

April 30, 1945, Hitler commits suicide: 77 years later, they do not forget what ideologies of hatred can lead to

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On April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler killed himself in his bunker in central Berlin as the Soviet armed forces approached. By a strange falsification of history, now, 77 years later, their descendants now claim to “denazify” Ukraine under the Russian banner even though this former satellite state has a Jewish president, Volodymyr Zelensky, elected with 73% of the vote two years ago. A rewriting of history that Holocaust survivors do not understand.

Return of the March of the Living to Auschwitz, after two years of pandemic. This day of remembrance of the Holocaust still had a bitter taste for many of the participants, Thursday, when the war in Ukraine was in its sixty-fourth day. A war that Vladimir Putin justified by his claim to “denazify” a state which had a Jewish president two years earlier and which relegated the far-right party to 2% of the vote in April 2019.

April 30, 1945 | As Soviet forces near his command bunker in central Berlin Adolf Hitler shot himself.

Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich lasted twelve years, four months & eight days.

We need to commemorate all the victims & remember where ideologies of hatred may lead humanity to. pic.twitter.com/ktmzOqm0U0

—Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) April 30, 2022

So, in front of the famous Nazi formula “Arbeit macht frei” (“work makes you free”) which still overlooks the entrance to the former Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Agnès Kaposi wonders. This Holocaust survivor is one of the 3,000 people who came to gather that day in Poland, a country on the front line to welcome Ukrainian refugees. In front of the AFP camera, she expresses her sadness and incomprehension at this new drama in history. “When I read about what happens to these people, I suddenly remember things that happened to me and the people I loved, and it’s terrible. I find it desperately sad that the world hasn’t taken notice. the lessons of the Holocaust. And ever since, men have been committing atrocities against each other. It’s desperately sad that this is happening to Ukrainians.”

ud83cuddf5ud83cuddf1 In Auschwitz, the “March of the Living” which pays tribute to the victims of the Holocaust took place this year in the shadow of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

By @DSimonart #AFP pic.twitter.com/UinJOUyE8T

– Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) April 30, 2022

But how could the Russians have learned the lessons of history when the two main ideologues of Vladimir Putin’s regime, Alexander Dugin and Alexander Prokhanov, blame the Jews… for the holocaust whose real victims would be – according to them – Russian Orthodox Christians! An ideology that leads Jason Stanley, a famous American epistemologist, to see Vladimir Putin as the true leader of the world far right.

In the era of post-truth where the manipulation of emotions takes precedence over objective facts, there is however reason to hope for Agnès. For the first time, an Israeli Arab delegation participated in the March of the Living to Auschwitz with a group of Israeli Muslims, Christians and Druze who spoke with camp survivors on Thursday, April 28. “We want to understand the pain,” said one of the youths as the march also included an official delegation from the United Arab Emirates and a ceremony in Arabic for the first time. What if delegates from Syria and Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and East Jerusalem reconcile the pessimists with the future!