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Left party against WWII refugee museum

The Local · 25 Dec 2010, 10:43

Published: 25 Dec 2010 10:43 GMT+01:00

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"An archive centre in Berlin, the city where the murderous world war originated, cannot serve reconciliation," said the Left party's culture spokeswoman Lukrezia Jochimsen.

She added that the Foundation for Escape, Displacement and Reconciliation (SFVV), which is organizing the museum, is not fulfilling its role, and the museum as currently conceived will damage Germany's reputation abroad.

Jochimsen claimed that the absence of representatives from the councils of Jews or Roma and Sinti blatantly contradicted the SFVV's mission. The Left party is calling for the foundation to be re-formed from scratch by a parliamentary committee with contributions from international academics, particularly those from Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The SFVV has been consistently dogged by controversy, particularly because of the involvement of Erika Steinbach, president of the Federation of Expellees. Her presence on the SFVV board was heavily criticized in Poland, because of her 1991 demand that Germany not recognize its current eastern border.

Steinbach, a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), was forced to withdraw from the board in February 2010 after a stubborn row.

German Minister of State for Culture Bernd Neumann said the SFVV was now working well and back on course after the conflict over Steinbach. The board is set to convene in January to discuss the content of the exhibition. Neumann said the board agreed on the principle that causes and effects would be clearly represented.

But the minister admitted that the museum would be unlikely to open before 2013, because the agreed venue for the museum, Berlin's Deutschlandhaus, is still in use. "I don't think it can be managed in this legislative period," the CDU politician said.

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00:18 December 26, 2010 by Misterbee
Political Leftists/Progressives are Socialists. Adolf Hitler was the head of the National Socialists. I can fully understand why Leftists do not want anyone to be reminded of the final destination of Socialist programs and policies. Perhaps in 2013 my family and I will be able to visit Germany and tour the museum.
00:41 December 26, 2010 by ChussKeDweele
A big applause for Glenn Beck for the previous post.
04:25 December 26, 2010 by deutschamer
All historical facts should be taught. If not, historical distortions will take hold. For example, in Romania they are taught that entire ethnic German villages in Romania committed suicide at the end of WWII. They really believe this. Of course this is taught to cover up massacres and forced deportations after Romania switched sides and to justify their property being taken by Romanians.

There were millions of innocent Germans killed or forcibly deported after the war, especially in the former east Prussia. Entire ethnic groups were wiped out after WWII, for example the Masurisch. The Masurisch were people with Slavic sounding last names and German first names. Some say they were the result of a mixing of the original Baltic Prussians, Germans, and Poles. They were farmers and loggers in the lakes region of east Prussia. They had the misfortune of being Lutherans instead of Catholics and so were either killed or deported to within the new borders of Germany. Since the remaining Masurisch were spread over all of Germany, their culture was lost., another casualty of WWII.

The suppression of any truth cannot be a good thing. So what if some group or other doesn't support the museum.
15:22 December 27, 2010 by derExDeutsche
The Left wants you to forget what Big::scratch::HUGE Govt. looks like.

Just another reminder, that historically, those who disagree with the Political Leanings of the Average German, are, generally speaking, on the right side of History. recent examples Obama ::cough:: Global Warming ::cough:: the Euro ::cough::

Germans have always considered those who have disagreed as wrong, or worse, in need of Banning;)

So, nothing new, just more of those things MOST German

Banners banning the banned.
11:04 December 29, 2010 by tallady
True,,sounds reasonable,,deutschamer,,some say history is often a story written by the winners,,losers have to live with the misconceptions. But in the end the truth prevails,,I hope..
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