The Prague Declaration proponents in European Parliamentary circles, having renamed their movement the ‘Prague Process’, are triumphantly reporting on their latest initiative to bring to fruition yet another of the movement’s stated objectives: to overhaul all the history textbooks in Europe to reflect the supposed ‘equality’ of Nazi and Soviet crimes, in other words to continue with the far right’s revision-of-history project to downgrade the Holocaust in the course of Double Genocide ideology.
As ever, the group is able at critical moments to wheel out Lithuania’s right-wing Jewish MP, Emanuelis Zingeris, himself a signatory of the Prague Declaration, who publicly resigned from his country’s Jewish community many years ago, but continues to run the ‘Jewish track’ of a complicated double-game policy that has led, in 2011, to the absurdity of a year to remember the Holocaust as well as a year to commemorate some of its local perpetrators who are glorified as ‘anti-Soviet heroes’ (see here, here and here).
“There is a need of an adjustment and overhaul of European history textbooks and curricula, so that young generations can learn and be warned about all the totalitarianisms in the same way as they have been taught to assess the crimes of the Nazis.”
from the most recent ‘Prague Process’ conclave
There is also once again the implied notion that in order for Europe to be united there has to be one ‘true’ version of history, theirs, a position that has led to shameful legislation in Lithuania and Hungary criminalizing the opinion that the Holocaust was the actual genocide in those countries (rather than part of the Double Genocide, as now legislated by the ‘democrats’ in power).
The red-brown movement has recently placed on Wikipedia the results of their most recent conference, held March 29th:
- “On 29 March 2011, the European Parliament hosted a public hearing on ‘What do Young Europeans know about Totalitarianisms?’. The hearing was organized by MEPs Sandra Kalniete, László Tőkés and Milan Zver. The panel included, among others, Jerzy Buzek (EP President), Heidi Hautala (chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights),Doris Pack (chair of the Committee on Culture and Education), Joseph Daul (EPP chairman), Emanuelis Zingeris (PACE Vice President), Hubertus Knabe (historian), Daniel Herman (Director, Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes), and Jan Björklund (Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Education, Sweden). The purpose of the hearing was to ‘focus on the importance to provide objective and comprehensive information about the totalitarian past, as public discourse can lead to a better, deeper understanding of our shared history and a greater feeling of unity. There is a need of an adjustment and overhaul of European history textbooks and curricula, so that young generations can learn and be warned about all the totalitarianisms in the same way as they have been taught to assess the crimes of the Nazis; to keep the memories of the millions of victims alive, to warn future generations of the dangers of totalitarianism, and to promote a greater feeling of unity and understanding among Europeans.'”
For more on the Prague Declaration and the ‘Prague Process’, see here. For a brief history of opposition, see here.