MEMO: Victory Day and historical erasure by the West
May 9, 1945 marks the culmination of Russian Victory Day celebrations over Nazism.
For decades, the western powers have carried out a counter-propaganda campaign against the war effort of the former Soviet Union (USSR) and after the end of Bipolarity, they continue their media actions against Russia.
Almost all of Hollywood’s filmography – which grew a lot with works narrating the Pacific War (the conflict between the United States and Japan) – solemnly ignores the Eastern Front of Nazism, the occupation of Eastern Europe and the enormous loss of life in the Soviet countries.
Ignoring the Russian role in the defeat of the Nazi-fascist Axis has been an ongoing goal since 1947 (when the Cold War nominally begins).
In the troubled 1990s, propaganda cooled down a little, especially due to the crisis provoked by the aim of devaluing the Ruble and the squandering of Soviet public assets (through an alliance between volatile capital and oligarchs).
From the turn of the 21st century with the resumption of control by the state apparatus over the most important assets of the economy of the Russian Federation, the mainland country has again become a “visible enemy”, including propaganda operations and “strategic culture” ( according to the CIA’s own manual), also aiming to ignore the Russian role in the victory over Nazism.
From the beginning of the internal conflict in Ukraine (February 2014), the war against ethnic Russians and the breaking of the Minsk Accords, the situation becomes even more tense.
After February 2022 and the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, one of the recruitment and mobilization bases of the Kiev government is precisely the paramilitary formations oscillating between ultranationalism and philo-Nazism.
The resurgence of Nazi wings – which are financed by the West – or, at least, ignored by the member countries of the Organization of North Atlantic Treaty Countries (NATO), is part of a strategy of erasing the memory of the second half of the 20th century, acting in the set of so-called “post-Soviet European spaces”.
It is worth emphasizing that the West solemnly ignores the philo-Nazi presence in Ukraine, although the legislation of several member countries of the European Union prohibits the dissemination of these same ideas and values.
It is a simultaneous “cultural” conflict on multiple fronts.
In the territory under the control of post-Soviet states, such as the Baltic States and Eastern European countries (taking Poland as an example), they continue to destroy all monuments and remove memorials that documented for decades the role of the Red Army in the defeat of Nazism.
It would be simply impossible to defeat the war machine of the Third Reich without the Soviet counter-offensive, the defense of Stalingrad as a perimeter of protection for the oil province of Azerbaijan (with refineries in the Azerbaijani capital Baku itself).
With the Nazi defeat on the Russian eastern front, the theater of operations became the Ukrainian territory, where the German forces had national collaborators.
After the defeat of the military loyal to Hitler in Ukraine, the Red Army entered Poland, liberating the country and ending the abominable concentration camps.
The former USSR lost more than 27 million lives in World War II, which today would be equivalent to more than 10% of the population of the Russian Federation.
The Second World War is called The Great Patriotic War, and it was a fundamental event of the internal coalition of the Soviet republics and of the member countries of the former Warsaw Pact.
There is a deep blemish in this story and it needs to be told.
There were pro-Nazi and anti-Russian (and also anti-Soviet) collaborators supporting the occupation of Hitlerite forces in all European countries.
France had the shameful “Vichy government”; already on the peninsula of the southern Slavs, the constitution of the now extinct Federal Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia was the result of the victory of the war of liberation against the Nazis and the anti-fascist civil war.
The Italian Peninsula was freed from Nazi occupation after overthrowing the nefarious government of Dictator Benito Mussolini.
However, at the height of the Cold War on the European continent, NATO almost always supported the extreme right fractions – former collaborators or key allies of the Third Reich – in order to expand the anti-Soviet “sanitary corridor”.
The two years after Hitler’s defeat by the Red Army along with the Western allies at the time marked a turning point in the relationship between NATO member countries and former Nazi or fascist opponents.
Oppositions from countries under Soviet influence had different shades – including forces to the left of Moscow’s line – but there was also always some fraction of former collaborators of the Third Reich.
The shameful trajectory also occurred concomitantly with the Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Western Europe, in countries such as Italy, where the political force heir to fascism, in the post-war period of the 1940s – then known as MSI, had broad support from the CIA in the 1948 election.
Another example of an alliance between the western allies and collaborators of the Nazi occupation took place in the Greek civil war (1946-1949), with the supply lines and logistical support of the United States and England in support of the extreme right forces of that country.
Less than twenty years later, a coup d’état (1967-1974) culminates in a war between NATO member countries, in the conflict between Greece and Türkiye.
The ultimate goal was to establish the “last line” of anti-Soviet defense, beyond NATO military bases, whose majority contingents were of US origin (as they are to this day, including “military consultants who trained more than 400 thousand Ukrainians from 2014 to 2022).
The famous Gladio Network, was responsible for the attempt at a fascist coup – by former supporters of Mussolini (the Borghese Coup, December 1970) – and relied on Western intelligence for such an attempt.
As if that were not enough, there was also a de facto alliance between NATO and the fascist regimes in Portugal (with Antonio Salazar and Marcelo Caetano, in the Portuguese Estado Novo, from 1933 to 1974) and the phalanxes of Francisco Franco and his heirs (1939- 1975).
Contrary to what was propagated in the French Resistance, there was no advance by the joint forces of Free French and Anglo-Saxon soldiers, going to meet the populations that were victims of Hitler’s allies in the Iberian Peninsula.
It was just the opposite, with support, business, military bases and rare connections between former Nazis and the arms trade with the Colonial Zionist Apartheid State.
Any resemblance to the tenebrous relations of the “west” and the supremacist Republic of South Africa is no coincidence.
Going back to Victory Day, on May 9, 1945, there was the surrender of Nazi forces to the Red Army (the first to enter Berlin).
The other “allies” then commanded by Great Britain and the United States celebrate the day before, on May 8th.
There was a tradition of celebrating the date in the other countries of the Warsaw Pact and the member republics of the USSR.
As there is a NATO propaganda war effort to erase the historical memory of the second half of the 20th century, younger generations and public spaces in Eastern Europe do not learn about anti-fascism and even less are they informed about the shameful relations between “West” and the allies of Nazi-Fascism after Hitler’s defeat in World War II.
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