Eastern Europe Remembers the Second World War

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania in a joint statement for justice and freedom

August 28th, 2019
Gloria Algarotti, News from Berlin
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Eighty years ago, on August 23rd 1939, the Nazi-Soviet pact between Germany and the USSR was signed. The treaty defined Soviet and German spheres of influence in Eastern Europe and eventually decreed the beginning of the Second World War. Almost a century later, this day still needs to be remembered.

August 23rd has been claimed by the European Parliament as the European day of commemoration of the victims of Hitler and Stalin’s totalitarian regimes. The five countries divided between the German and Soviet spheres of influences signed a joint statement, on August 23rd 2019, to remember the past and promote historical justice.

The ministers of foreign affairs in the Baltic States, Poland and Romania underlined the importance of remembering and raising public awareness of the brutalities that occured during the War, so that the horrors of the past will never repeat themselves.

It was clearly stated: “Pain and injustice will never fall into oblivion. We will remember [...] We must stand together against totalitarianism. A clear and firm position of the international community will pave the way to further reconciliation.”

The statement was signed by the countries’ ministers of foreign affairs, namely Urmas Reinsalu (Estonia), Edgars Rinkēvičs (Latvia), Linas Linkevičius (Lithuania), Jacek Czaputowicz (Poland), and Ramona-Nicole Mănescu (Romania). The ministers affirm that today's Europe is a safer place for all and that they are ready to resolutely resist any kind of injustice. ”We believe that Europeans will never tolerate totalitarianism or genocide against any people,” they added.


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