Former GDR Minister: Soviet Union’s contribution to the victory over Nazism must not be forgotten

20.11.2019, Milan.

The Soviet Union’s contribution to the victory over fascism cannot be compared to the efforts of any other country, German politician, former Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) Hans Modrow reminded during the presentation of his book on November 17, a Rossa Primavera News Agency correspondent informs.

The presentation of Modrow’s book dedicated to the surrender of the GDR and to the disintegration of the Soviet Union took place in Milan, Italy. During the meeting, he spoke about how the transition from a cold war to a hot phase was anxiously awaited in the GDR.

Because such confrontation between Russia and the West as a whole renewed this time in Ukraine, not in Germany, the Rossa Primavera News Agency correspondent asked the German politician how to avoid the repetition of these historical events, “Thirty years after the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany we can witness how the pro-Nazi sentiments are again growing in Europe. Considering the fact that the communist state stopped fascism 75 years ago and that the contemporary left forces are increasingly losing their popularity, what can and must be done today to prevent history from repeating itself?”

The former Chairman of the GDR Council of Ministers started to answer immediately, but he seemed to be thinking during the answer, “What must be done to learn something from the history? After careful consideration I would say that during the elections the social forces must repeatedly and impressively show to the power structures, as Marco (Secretary of the Italian Communist Party (Partito Comunista) Marco Rizzo actively participated in the discussion – Rossa Primavera News Agency’s comment) argues, what clearly and unequivocally points to new threats in every country,” Modrow replied meaning the signs of the revival of the neo-Nazism and neo-fascism in the European countries.

“As for Russia, it can be specifically said that one must not forget that the last great battle of World War II was fought from the Oder to Berlin until fascism surrendered. And it took place in Germany, in Berlin, not in Normandy, as some people celebrate, that immediately changes the balance of power and the hardships of the war”, said the German politician thus stressing not only the danger of revising the results of World War II but also of rewriting history, which results in a redistribution of merits. Both lead to the fact that History repeats its lesson, Modrow said.

It is worth mentioning that a large number of listeners came to this meeting. The hall with the capacity of 150 people was crowded with twice as many interested young people.

After Erich Honecker, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Socialist United Party of Germany (SED), was dismissed on 18 October 1989, Egon Krenz was elected SED General Secretary.

Until November 13, 1989, the GDR Council of Ministers was effectively headed by SED Politburo member Willi Stoph, who was later succeeded by Modrow. Only the Minister of National Education, Margot Honecker, voted against him. He held this position until 12 April 1990.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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