Germany’s special historical responsibility is repeatedly reaffirmed, but at the same time interpreted in a new way – specifically now in the context of the war in Ukraine. Among those who call for German leadership, many like former German President Gauck are reinterpreting history at the European level in terms of the totalitarianism thesis.
For four years a court battle has been waged against the editors of the magazine Brzask, the newsletter of the Communist Party of Poland and that party’s website. The prosecutor’s office accuses the editors of "publicly promoting a totalitarian state system". However, the course of the trial indicates that, in essence, the issue is about
On 19 September of last year the European Parliament – with the votes of the conservatives, liberals, social democrats, and greens – passed a resolution in which the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were made equally responsible for the Second World War. Europe was, so the statement went, the victim of two totalitarian ideologies, one
On 30 October the Madrid City Council approved the celebration on 23 August of the Day of European Remembrance of the Victims of Stalinism and Nazism to pay homage to the victims of the communist and National Socialist regimes and other totalitarian and authoritarian regimes’, following an initiative promoted by the ultra-right group Vox.
Last Thursday the European Parliament adopted by majority the resolution on the Importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe. Read the statement of the International Federation of Resistance Fighters Association of Anti-fascists on this "ideological relapse into the worst times of the cold war".