Jewish leaders slam memorial day for expelled Germans
BERLIN (JTA) -- Jewish leaders and political groups in Germany condemned a proposed national day of remembrance for the 12 million ethnic Germans expelled from Eastern Europe after World War II.
The proposal was to be heard in parliament Thursday.
Stephan Kramer, general secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told reporters that "One could almost call [the proposal] a kind of retaliation" against remembrance of the victims of German war crimes.
The governing political coalition parties -- the conservative Christian Democratic Union, its sister party the Christian Social Union, and the center-right Free Democratic Party -- proposed the annual memorial day for Aug. 5. On that day in 1950, the association of Germans from the annexed regions signed a Charter of German Expellees in which they "renounce revenge and retaliation."
According to news reports, the parties argued that the memorial day would not dissociate the expulsion of ethnic Germans from German responsibility for the war and for war crimes, but they said it was time that the stigmatization in Germany of expellees and their descendants come to an end.
Opposition political leaders and a group of historians have condemned the proposal as revisionist and avoiding German guilt.
Kramer said such a memorial day could have a "catastrophic effect" on Germany's image abroad.
The president of the League of German Expellees, Erika Steinbach, told Deutsche Welle that the 1950 charter was about the expellees "overcoming their own justified resentment to say that they wanted to look forward and bring about a peaceful coexistence in Europe."
She said she expected "the sympathy of the German state ... for the particular fate of a substantial part of the German people."...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
These racist Jews are attempting to suppress the history of Jewish Bolshevik/Communist mass murder and ethnic cleansing, because they know it implicates large elements of the Judeofascist ethno-religous ideology.
They also want to maintain the revisionist history that WWII was all about their own suffering and no one else's.
As in most enterprises, they seek to attain and hold a monopoly in order to advance their own fascist group interests.
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