Seventy years after Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union to begin the Second World War, the world still needs a sort of “vaccination against fascism”. To this end, countries have to join forces and set up an anti-Nazi coalition, Russian experts and human rights activists believe. It will be aimed at acquainting people with the historical truth about Nazi atrocities, as well as seeking to toughen punishment for xenophobia. Many decades have passed since the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal delivered its sentences to fascism and fascists, but Nazi sympathizers seeking to justify those crimes can still be found worldwide. The scale of Nazi glorification sometimes goes beyond all boundaries, says Iosif Diskin, the chairman of the Russian Public Chamber’s Civil Society Development Commission. "Europe is about to realize for whom the bell tolls and that Nazism is being revived just around the corner. Here are just a few examples: Hungary’s ruling party is not called half-fascist thanks to political correctness alone; a party in Finland defines people in terms of their ethnicity; there are pro-fascist organizations in Belgium, the Netherlands and other countries and so on. The ghost of Nazism is popping up all over Europe, with even ultra-liberals seeing that there is a line which, if crossed, will let the Nazis roam the European capitals," Iosif Diskin said.
Experts are particularly pointing to the Baltic States, where the authorities are not only trying to rewrite history but have also got “absorbed in playing fascist games”. Latvia, for one, is annually holding marches of Waffen-SS veterans, many of whom took part in mass slaughters. Russia has made a number of fruitless attempts to draw the world’s attention to this issue but only encountered indifference on the part of European officials. Meanwhile, many countries are successfully combating various manifestations of Nazism through special-purpose public organizations. Among them are: the Simon Wiesenthal Center engaged in tracking and catching Nazi criminals all over the world, the “Night Watch” in Estonia and the International Human Rights Movement “World Without Nazism” established in Russia to unite the anti-fascist organizations of 30 countries. Their activities really offer tangible results, the movement’s deputy chairman Valery Engel said. "We try to monitor the Nazi threat in today’s world. By the end of the year we plan to release a book with information on the level of this threat in different countries. The book is supposed to become an international political instrument to help us ensure tougher punishment for Nazi-friendly ideas, nationalism and xenophobia in Eastern Europe," Valery Engel emphasized.
Experts warn that the glorification of Nazism is fraught with tragedy and new xenophobia-motivated crimes, destroys European values and undermines stability and security. Russia takes a stand for the unification of anti-Nazi organizations into a single international human rights movement with common goals and programs. It will aim to develop a single strategy to fight the reviving of Nazism, which requires joint preemptive action. Human rights activists therefore urge the establishment of a new international anti-fascist coalition.
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