Another Scandal about Memorial Day
Once again, the National Committee which deals with Memorial and Liberation Days, 4 and 5 May respectively in the Netherlands, has given preference to the German attitude after the war over the wishes of the families of the victims of the German SS’s murderers.
The committee, together with the municipality of the town of Breda refuses to include the names of the 22 victims of the Dutch-German war criminal and murderer Klaas Carel Faber in the list of memorial ceremonies. German President Joachim Gauck will visit Breda on National Liberation Day on May 5th.
A protest committee has been organized which opposes the visit of Gauck unless he brings Faber, who has received a life sentence in the Netherlands but escaped from jail, with him
“Possible neo-Nazis at commemoration Vorden (Google trans from Dutch)
VORDEN -signals that neo-Nazis come to the annual Remembrance Day in Vorden, by Mayor Henk Aalderink in the municipality of Bronckhorst (where Vorden falls under) seriously. He said Thursday morning that he there, after consultation with police and the Committee on 4 may, is prepared.
After the commemoration on the way visitors have the freedom not to walk along the tomb of ten German soldiers. Programme component that caused commotion.Nevertheless, decided the program intact. Because of the extra hustle and bustle is decided that the Vordens men’s choir remains standing and not at the tomb of the German soldiers sings a song of Mozart.”
UPDATE: From the Simon Wiesenthal Center:
May 3, 2012
WIESENTHAL CENTER: DECISION BY DUTCH TOWN OF VORDEN TO HONOR NAZI SOLDIERS ON NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY TO WORLD WAR II FALLEN ERASES DISTINCTION BETWEEN VICTIMS AND PEPETRATORS
Jerusalem-The Simon Wiesenthal Center today harshly criticized the decision by the municipal authorities of the town of Vorden, Netherlands to honor 10 German soldiers buried in the town on the National Day for the fallen of World War II. In a statement issued here today by its chief Nazi-hunter, Holocaust historian Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center denounced the decision which “blurs the crucial distinction between the victims and the perpetrators of the crimes of World War II and reflects a lack of understanding of the history of those tragic years.”
According to Zuroff:
“By honoring the German soldiers who occupied the Netherlands on behalf of the most murderous regime in human history and supported the occupation which helped implement the mass murder of Dutch Jewry, the local authorities of Vorden have basically rewritten the history of the war, erasing the critical distinction between victims and perpetrators. Such a decision is which is apparently based on the erroneous assumption that forgiveness automatically leads to reconciliation, ignores the horrific nature of the Nazi regime and is an insult to its victims. “
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