The leader of Germany Joachim gauck expressed his gratitude to the Soviet Union for the liberation of their country from fascism, which gave the Germans the opportunity of a free and decent life, and Also reminded about the atrocities of the Nazis with regard to Soviet prisoners of war, writes the German media.
Hauk said that in contrast caught from British and American civilians, Soviet prisoners of war were subjected to starvation, torture and cruel forcibly deprived of life. But As emphasized by the media in Germany about it for some reason prefer not to remember, informs the RT. Concentration camp "Stalag 326" - the place where during the war killed more than 310 thousand Prisoners of war, mostly from the Soviet Union. Today in its vicinity was visited by the German head of state Joachim gauck, who said there is a Speech in honor of the end of world war II in the European Union 70 years ago, writes the German magazine Der Spiegel in his article, which publishes Inotv translation.
The Central theme of the speech by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany became a tribute to Soviet prisoners of war, stresses the magazine. The death of more than half of 5, 3 million Soviet soldiers captured by the Nazis in the period from 1941 to 1945, Hauk called " one of the biggest crimes of the war." The German head of state reminded about the fact that they are " painfully die of disease and hunger, they were forcibly deprived of life ". Also Joachim gauck noticed that among the captives from Western countries killed about 3%, " and at the same time, Russians, Ukrainians, Kyrgyz, Georgians, Uzbeks, Turkmen and other peoples of the former USSR were killed in German camps by the hundreds of thousand ". According to him, this war from the very beginning it was planned As an " ideological war, a war of destruction and annihilation." Gauck's speech came at a time of foreign policy instability. Fighting in Eastern Ukraine threaten to turn into a conflict between East and West, relations between Western countries and Russia have long been strained, media reported. The leader of Germany respectfully recalled the contribution of the former Soviet Union in the deposition of the Nazi regime. As said Hauk, who was born in Germany, have cause for gratitude for this selfless struggle: "It gave us the opportunity besprepjatstvenno and honorable to live in Germany Today." Review of Der Spiegel, the Central idea of gauck's speech was insufficient attentive to the memory of the dead in German concentration camps of the Soviet soldiers." for some reason tragic fate of Soviet prisoners of war in Germany never properly taken into account - the memory of it until now remain in the shadows " - drew the attention of Gauk. As suggested by the head, it has the ability to be connected with the fact that in the early postwar years, the Germans thought mainly about their own dead and missing, as well as about the German soldiers in Soviet captivity. As recalled by Joachim gauck, " in the DDR memory of the heroic fraternal Soviet people attached great importance ", But this official pathos in practice left little room for sympathy for prisoners of war, which began in Germany " not brilliant by the victors, victims, indigent and broken ". May 9, 2015 gala event with the involvement of forces and Navy in honor of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the great Patriotic war will be held in 70 cities of Russia, But the main parade, of course, will be in the capital of Russia, in red square. Along with this, for example, the authorities in neighbouring Ukraine doing everything to the feat of Soviet soldiers, and the Ukrainians during the second world war, was forgotten. So, the head Petro Poroshenko in addition to the Victory Day established the So-called Day of remembrance and reconciliation, scheduled for may 8th. At the same time Ukraine has long been a tendency to glamorize the Ukrainian accomplices of fascism. Festive events on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the great Patriotic war on 7-9 may in the capital of Russia will be visited by 27 heads of States and governments. Along with this, In the current year the head of some countries will not attend the Festive event. So, to visit Moscow on may 9 did not want the U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Cameron D., head of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Finland, Montenegro, Croatia, as well as the premiere of the Netherlands and Norway. German Chancellor Angela Merkel Also made the decision not to visit Moscow on may 9 to participate in the Victory parade. Media told that She does not want to " offend the Ukrainian government ". However in a press-service of the Chancellor stated that Merkel will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on may 10. The head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said on may 9 is going to take pardoned in Minsk, But will have the opportunity to visit Moscow on may 7-8. Explaining the decision of the Belarusian leader, In the leadership of the Russian Federation has told that Belarus is a large volume celebrates Victory Day and thus It jointly with Russia.