Germany: 10,000 pay respects at Berlin's Treptower Soviet War Memorial.
RuptlyTV May 9, 2015
Around 10,000 people visited the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin to commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany, Saturday.
Along the prominent people present was Russian ambassador in Germany Vladimir Grinin, who brought flowers to the monument, together with other diplomats. He said it was important to remember the end of the war, "for us and for everybody."
People arrive at a Russian War Memorial to commemorate the end of World War II 70 years ago, at the district Treptow in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Sympathizers of the Russian motorcycle club Night Wolves hold various flags during a memorial ceremony on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II at the memorial for Red Army soldiers in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)
A women takes a photo as men in Soviet uniforms pay their respect during a memorial ceremony on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II at the memorial for dead Red Army soldiers in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Two men in Soviet uniforms line up with others to lay down flowers and to commemorate the end of World War II 70 years ago, at the Russian War Memorial in the district Treptow in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Last Edit: May 9, 2015 18:25:54 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Latvia: Thousands celebrate V-Day in Riga with floral tributes to Red Army.
RuptlyTV May 9, 2015
Thousands of residents in Riga gathered at the Victory Memorial to Soviet Army, Saturday, to commemorate the Soviet victory over the Nazis in WWII.
Lithuania: Hundreds lay flowers at Red Army memorial in Vilnius.
RuptlyTV May 9, 2015
Hundreds of Vilnius residents and World War II veterans gathered at the Memorial of Red Army soldiers in the Antakalnis Cemetery, Saturday, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Victory over Nazi Germany.
Last Edit: May 9, 2015 15:53:29 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Russia: Soviet defeat of Nazis inspired worldwide call for freedom - Vietnamese President.
RuptlyTV May 9, 2015
The victory in WWII "laid the foundation" for people across the world to fight for their own freedom said the Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Saturday.
Russia: Putin and Czech President Zeman meet on V-Day.
RuptlyTV May 9, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed bilateral relations between Moscow and Prague during a meeting with his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman in Moscow, Saturday, on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II.
Last Edit: May 9, 2015 16:00:43 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Canada: Toronto's Russian community and WWII veterans celebrate V-Day.
RuptlyTV May 9, 2015
Toronto's Russian community and World War II veterans gathered at the city's Soviet memorial, Saturday, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory Day and pay their respects to those who died to ensure the defeat of the Nazis.
Canada: Soviet veterans honoured at Russian Embassy in Ottawa.
RuptlyTV May 9, 2015
Ottawa's Russian community and World War II veterans gathered at the Russian Embassy in the Canadian capital, Saturday, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory Day and pay their respects to those who died fighting the Nazis.
Last Edit: May 9, 2015 17:06:54 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on May 10, 2015 11:48:21 GMT -5
Feature: Bulgarians celebrate World War II victory.
English.news.cn 2015-05-09 22:55:21 by Marian Draganov
SOFIA, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Bulgarians throughout the country held commemorative ceremonies on Saturday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of victory in the Second World War.
A solemn ceremony at the Monument of the Soviet Army in Sofia was one of the key events in the capital of the Balkan country, bringing together about 5,000 people, decorated with striped black and orange ribbons.
Accompanied by the melodies of Russian, Soviet and Bulgarian songs, people laid flowers and wreaths at the base of the 37-meter high monument, which was built by the thankful Bulgarian people in 1954 in the center of the city.
The famous Bulgarian singer and actress Greta Gancheva performed the Russian song "Victory Day", and dozens of white balloons with the inscription "70 years of victory" and white pigeons were released.
In a congratulatory speech, Mihail Mikov, leader of Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), said Bulgaria, as well as millions in Europe and around the world, honored the heroism of the glorious Red Army and the soldiers of the allied coalition, who with their blood wrote pages that no one can erase.
Yuriy Isakov, Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria, said his country bow to the memory of anti-fascist fighters from all the countries, including Bulgarian participants in the resistance and also Bulgarian soldiers who in the final stage of the war, fought against fascism shoulder to shoulder with the Soviet Army.
Simeon Penchev, 80, was among the people who laid flowers at the monument. "Ninth of May is a great day for the progressive humanity, a day of victory over Nazi Germany," he told Xinhua.
Atanas Merdzhanov, Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Group "BSP Leftist Bulgaria", told Xinhua it was "a very great day for the history of the peoples of Eastern Europe and of course for Bulgaria because this day marks the beginning of vigorous development and modernization of Bulgaria, that has happened never before."
Post by TsarSamuil on May 17, 2015 11:41:50 GMT -5
No one can ignore Russia’s role in defeating the Nazis - Shimon Peres.
RT.com May 15, 2015 15:19
Former Israeli PM Shimon Peres has praised the Russians for crushing the Nazis in World War II. His comments came during a new holiday on the Jewish religious calendar - the “Day of Salvation and Liberation,” commemorating victory over Nazi Germany.
“Anything can be said about Russia, but nobody can ignore its enormous contribution to the victory,” Shimon Peres, Israel’s Nobel Prize-winning former prime minister and president, said in a video address to delegates at an international conference in Moscow.
He added: “The Jews are grateful to the Red Army and the Russian people,” reminding the audience there were half a million Jews in the Red Army, many of whom sacrificed their lives for the victory.
Peres’s address comes as Jewish communities in Israel, Russia, the US, France, Germany and elsewhere are for the first time ever celebrating what’s already been dubbed “Jewish Victory Day”. The Day of Salvation and Liberation has made it to the list of Jewish religious holidays after an initiative by the vice president of the Russian Jewish Congress was picked up and endorsed by top rabbis in Israel and across Europe.
Due to the nature of the Jewish calendar, the holiday will be “floating” year on year. This time it falls on May 15, which is six days after the secular celebration of Victory Day.
The traditional Victory Day festivities on May 9 in Moscow became a real apple of discord for world leaders before they even started. Many Western politicians who were invited to the Russian capital for the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II decided to boycott the celebration.
One of the international leaders who refused to attend was current Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. However, shortly before May 9, while addressing World War II veterans in Israel, Netanyahu emphasized it was the Red Army which liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps.
Alleged Nazi war criminal dies in Canada & escapes justice.
RT.com May 29, 2015 17:09
An alleged 93-year-old Nazi war criminal charged by Russia with genocide earlier this month has died in Canada, his lawyer announced. The man was second on the list of Most Wanted Nazi War Criminals, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Vladimir Katriuk, who was accused of being a key participant in one of the worst mass killings during World War II, the 1943 Khatyn massacre, died after a long illness, lawyer Orest Rudzik said.
Russia charged Katriuk with genocide earlier in May and called on Canada to extradite the man.
The mass killing of civilians in the village of Khatyn (now part of Belarus) was carried out on March 22, 1943 by the 118th Schutzmannschaft Nazi battalion, which had many Ukrainian nationalist collaborators among its ranks. The Nazis drove inhabitants of the village from their houses into a barn, which they then set on fire. People who managed to get out of the barn were killed by machine gun fire. In total 147 people, including 75 children under 16, were killed.
Katriuk was suspected of manning a machine-gun during the Khatyn massacre, firing on people trying to escape from the burning building. He had always denied the accusations against him.
The Canadian government ignored the request for Katriuk’s extradition citing “Moscow’s annexation of Crimea” and “interference in Ukraine.”
The government’s stance stirred indignation on the part of the Canadian Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, which said modern day political disputes should not interfere with “the imperative to ensure justice is served with respect to Nazi atrocities perpetrated against Jews and others during WWII.”
“We call on the government of Canada to review this case and take the necessary steps to ensure that, if guilty, Katriuk be held accountable for war crimes committed in collaboration with the Nazi regime,” the Center’s CEO, Shimon Koffler Fogel said in a statement on Thursday.
Jewish groups had been hoping to see Katriuk on trial for a long time. Alla Gerber, the head of the Russian fund Holocaust spoke about the necessity of a trial in 2012.
After his alleged service in the Nazi army, Katriuk is said to have joined the French Foreign Legion. After the end of the war he stayed in France until 1951. He then immigrated to Canada, where he lived south of Montreal near the US border for more than six decades.
In 1999, the Federal Court of Canada claimed that Katriuk obtained his Canadian citizenship by providing false information, meaning he hadn’t told the authorities about his Nazi background. However, he wasn’t charged for any crimes because of lack of evidence. In 2007, the Cabinet of Canada decided not to revoke Katriuk’s citizenship.
Many ex-Nazis fled following the end of the war, finding shelter in the USA, Canada and Latin America. In October, 2014 the New York Times reported that the USA used over 1,000 ex-Nazis and collaborators as spies during the Cold War.
Germany: Russian Cossacks make it to Berlin after 2,500 km V-Day memorial march.
Ruptly TV Jul 17, 2015
A group of Russian Cossacks, who set off by horse from Moscow over a month ago, arrived at the Treptower Parl Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Friday, after travelling nearly 2,500 kilometres (1,553 miles) to commemorate the 70 year anniversary of the WWII defeat of Nazi Germany.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 16, 2015 15:06:58 GMT -5
Poland probes US historian for saying that ‘Poles killed more Jews than Germans’
RT.com 15 Oct, 2015 22:03
Warsaw prosecutor’s office has launched a probe into a statement made by an American historian, who claimed that Poles “actually killed more Jews than Germans” during WWII.
Jan Tomasz Gross, a US Princeton University professor of history and sociology, who is himself of Polish origin, is being accused of public insult as well as defaming Poland and sullying the country’s good name.
The case against Gross is based on Article 133 of the Polish Criminal Code, according to which the American professor could face up to three years imprisonment for “publicly insulting the Polish nation or the Republic of Poland,” Przemyslaw Nowak, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, said on Thursday.
Gross’ article entitled “Eastern Europeans have no shame” published in the German daily Die Welt on September 13 was the main point of controversy cited by the prosecution.
In the article, he sharply criticized eastern European countries, including Poland, Hungary and Slovakia for their “intolerant, self-righteous and xenophobic” stance on the refugee crisis accusing them of being “unable to remember the spirit of solidarity that brought them to democracy in the last quarter of a century.”
The historian also claims that Poland’s present “heartless, unfeeling and cold-blooded” behavior and rhetoric lie deep in the country’s “murderous past,” which is “yet to be re-thought.”
“For instance, although Poles are rightly proud of their anti-Nazi movement, they actually killed more Jews than Germans during the war,” Jan Gross wrote in the article.
Professor Gross went on criticizing Poles for having little sympathy for the suffering of the “major victims of Nazism.”
“During the occupation times, there was literally no person [in Poland] that did not hear words: “Hitler has done well… to exterminate the Jews” at least once, although people never said such things in public,” he wrote in his article, citing Polish conservative author Josef Mackiewicz.
Gross also said that the Poles who helped Jews during the WWII, were outsiders in their own land even after the war and had to hide their deeds from neighbors out of fear of being shunned or even threatened.
The article has provoked a wave of indignation in Poland. The prosecutor’s office has received as many as 125 legal complaints related to it, Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported, citing Nowak.
On September 14, the day after the article had been published, the Polish embassy in Germany sent a protest note to the Die Welt’s office. The daily was criticized for publishing an “unaccountable and offensive” article seen as an attempt to “re-write history.”
The Polish Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Marcin Wojciechowski, also criticized the text of the article, calling it “untrue, offensive to Poland and harmful to history,” as quoted by Gazeta Wyborcza.
On September 16, a group of activists also launched a petition asking the Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda to revoke Jan Gross Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic. The petition has been signed by more than 8,600 people.
Jan Tomasz Gross, 68, was born in Poland but emigrated in the US in 1968. His focus at Princeton University is on the history of the Holocaust. His books have already provoked heated discussions and have been sharply criticized in Poland.
In his book “Golden Harvest,” Gross claims that Poles profited from the Holocaust by hiding Jews for money or blackmailing them and even committing murders of Jews in order to seize their property and take over their jobs. In another book called “Fear. Anti-Semitism in Poland after the war. The history of moral collapse,” he said that anti-Semitism in Poland after WWII was socially acceptable.
Legal complaints were filed in 2008 and in 2011 accusing Gross of inciting hatred against Poles over his books “Fear” and “Golden Harvest” respectively, but the Krakow prosecutor’s office refused to initiate an investigation both times “for absence of a crime in the act.”
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 10, 2015 22:44:07 GMT -5
Last surviving Soviet Second World War hero to storm the Reichstag dies aged 93: Veteran's regiment raised the Red Flag over the parliament.
By COREY CHARLTON FOR MAILONLINE 15:35 GMT, 9 December 2015
The last of the Second World War veterans to have taken part in the storming of the Reichstag in Berlin has died, aged 93. Soviet-era hero Nikolay Belyaev was the last survivor of the feared 3rd Shock Army troops who spearheaded the taking of the German capital. It was Belyaev's 756th regiment that tore down the Nazi swastika and raised the Soviet red flag over the parliament's broken roof on May 1, 1945. Nikolay Belyaev was the last survivor of the feared 3rd Shock Army troops who overran the Reichstag in 1945
Nikolay Belyaev was the last survivor of the feared 3rd Shock Army troops who overran the Reichstag in 1945
Russian news outlets announced yesterday that the veteran died peacefully in St Petersburg, in western Russia. His long-term friend Valentina Ilyina told local media he was still leading a very active life, while a book about his wartime heroics is expected to be published next year. After the war Belyaev served in the navy in the USSR's Pacific fleet before working in a factory until his retirement.
Georgy Zhukov, the Russian commander in chief, pictured with his U.S. counterpart General George Patton in the victory parade in Berlin in 1945
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