The Baltic Marching Season Has Begun!
Will any Voices from the West say NO?
Those who worked for Hitler were collaborators. Nothing more, nothing less.
What happened to collaborators after the war? They were sentenced, they were convicted and in only a few cases executed. They were publicly humiliated , they had their heads shaved, they were denazified but above all they were told they had crossed a red line.
Thousands of Germans had to join the Wehrmacht, many, once they knew what they were involved in probably didn't want to work for Hitler anymore, they may well have felt, like the Latvians today, that they too were victims of Nazism. Remember, Hitler had not got into power in 1933 with a majority vote indeed only 43.9 percent of the vote, well short of a majority. However, one does not hear Angela Merkel proclaim today that there should be a day dedicated to German soldiers who fought for Hitler whether they wanted to or not, to honour and remember them ( that is something the AFD would like to do instead). A day where thousands of young people can go to the Reichstag, a leading monument in the heart of Berlin, to celebrate old Wehrmacht soldiers with flowers and song. Travel to Berlin, a city that like Riga is an EU, NATO OSCE capital and in turn develop a very warped sense of history.
Orwellian times indeed when a country has sympathy for the collaborator and the perpetrator, when people can only see their own suffering through their own clouded lens and refuse to see the suffering they committed on others. A tragic day indeed when one loses sight of who the true victims were: civilians who were Jews , Roma and Sinti, Communists who did not have guns to protect themselves when they were shoved into ditches and shot. Civilians who were targeted by the Nazis and their Latvian collaborators in 1941, collaborators who later VOLUNTEERED to join the Latvian SS 15 and 19 divisions, collaborators who worked for the most genocidal regime the world has ever known.
There is nothing to be proud of, there is nothing to honour and celebrate. Remembrance services for those who fought for the Nazis should be held in private not in public spaces for the world to view.
In 1941 when the Nazis entered Riga they were greeted with flowers, today their Latvian colleagues are met with the same. Orwellian times indeed.
Canadian military magazine Esprit de Corps (On Target) replies to Latvian ambassador’s acrobatics on worship of Waffen SS (see Scott Taylor’s earlier article. From archives: Monica Lowenberg takes on Latvian ambassador in London in 2012 and in 2013). 11 May 2018
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/views-mainstream-central-europe-54201064- Far right even racist views go mainstream in Central Europe 03.04.2018
https://www.jta.org/2018/03/16/news-opinion/hundreds-accompany-ss-veterans-march-latvia Hundreds march with Nazi SS veterans in Latvia 16.03.2018
http://m.delfi.lv/latvija/article.php?id=49839699 photos from 16 March 2018
http://m.delfi.lv/latvija/article.php?id=49839699#!dgs=dgslv-116621:6190685 honour for the collaborator and their kids!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8289448.stm Miliband refuses to apologise to Pickles
4 October 2009
Add your voice to this petition here: http://www.petitions24.com/stop_the_16_march_marches_and_latvians_revising_history
Junge Welt Online Abo_Aufmärsche zur Ehrung von Nazikriegsverbrechern in Lettland - Gespräch mit der Bundesvorsitzenden der VVN-BdA 16.03.2018
Das gilt heute als patriotische Tat«
In Lettland finden Aufmärsche zur Ehrung von Nazikriegsverbrechern statt. Protest wird behördlich behindert. Gespräch mit Cornelia KehrtInterview: Kristian Stemmler
Schwierige Bedingungen für Antifaschisten: Gegner des Gedenkens an SS-Mitglieder protestieren im lettischen Riga (16.3.2015)
Foto: VALDA KALNIN/EPA
Protest in Berlin Freitag den 16. März 2018, 14.00 – 16.00 Uhr zu einer Mahnwache vor der lettischen Botschaft in der Reinerzstr. 40/41, 14193 Berlin Grunewald auf.
Berlin Association of Victims of the Nazi Regime -
Association of Anti-Fascists e.V.
[Berlin VVN-BdA e.V.]
Magdalenstraße 19, 10365 Berlin
Kundgebung gegen das Waffen-SS-Gedenken in Riga!
- Schluss mit der Ehrung von NS-Kollaborateuren und Mördern!
- Anerkennung der baltischen Beteiligung am nazistischen Völkermord!
- Schluss mit den staatlichen Repressionen gegen lettische Antifaschist*innen
- Council of Europe (§ 87)
“When survivors of Nazi concentration camps in 1945 stood holding signs saying “never again,” they could not have foreseen what is happening today in Riga. These are the people we should be commemorating and this is the message we should remember.” (Richard Howitt, British Labour Member of the European Parliament, and spokesperson for the European Parliament Human Rights Sub-Committee, on 13 March 2014)
Commitment: MEPs should challenge their European colleagues on these narratives that seek to minimize or downplay the Holocaust.
Each year since 1998, former Latvian SS veterans have, on the 16th March, been marching in the centre of the capital city of Riga, accompanied by supporters of all generations, to commemorate and herald their fallen colleagues as war ‘heroes’. The marches have over the years increased in alarming numbers and have frequently been, and continue to be supported by Latvian officials.
Nazis can march and anti fascists are refused to protest. Democracy and freedom of speech are clearly dirty words for the Latvians.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/1552217-on-target-latvia-wrong-to-glorify-nation%E2%80%99s-nazi-past 11 March 2018
https://www.timesofisrael.com/poland-isnt-the-only-country-trying-to-police-speech-about-the-holocaust/ 7 February 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBANKlgBaoE SEARCHING FOR THE UNKNOWN HOLOCAUST, Boris Maftzir`s project. 30 Jan 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/26/opinion/holocaust-eastern-europe.html?smid=tw-share Jan 26 2018
Paul Stock article on NATO's latest film, Hope Not Hate Nov/Dec 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5rQFp7FF9c NATO's most recent film on the Forest Brothers 11 July 2017
Latvian Court Rules Against a Protester Who Turned Out Against the Annual Waffen SS March by Aleksandr Kuzmin (Riga) published by Defendinghistory.com 16 October 2017
http://espritdecorps.ca/on-target-4/on-target-nazi-connections-minister-freeland-deflects-and-latvia-openly-celebrates by Scott Taylor published by Canadian Military Magazine March 13 2017
"Don’t Stand By!", Mr LidingtonBy Monica Lowenberg published by Hope Not Hate, Sunday, 20 March 2016
article with full links:
Riga, Capital of European Culture: Waffen SS, Stags and Silence?
By Monica Lowenberg, published by DefendingHistory.com 4 February 2014 http://defendinghistory.com/riga-capital-of-european-culture-waffen-ss-stags-and-silence/63468#more-63468
https://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2012/03/latvia-riga-waffen-european 16 March 2012