Czech Jewish community against Putin’s presence at Auschwitz event



2014/12/20 • News

The Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic does not want to see Russian President Vladimir Putin among the guests at the international forum marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (Oswiecim). In a press release issued Friday, December 19, the Federation states that in light of the current political situation, the Federation of the Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic “considers a visit by President Putin for commemorations on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance for the victims  of the Holocaust inappropriate.” The commemorations will be held in Prague and Terezin on January 26-27, 2015, reports Espreso TV, citing Radio Liberty.

The Federation of Jewish Communities explains that the reason for this step is “the fact that the regime established and supported by Vladimir Putin is not complying with international agreements, is aggressive, and is occupying  the territories of a neighboring state by force.”

The press release states that the decision was reached on December 17, 2014, by the “vast majority” of the community. The Federation of Jewish Communities wanted to convey to the public  that “it has nothing to do with the invitation of the Russian president to Prague.”

As reported by Czech media, President Vladimir Putin was invited to the Czech Republic for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Czech President Miloš Zeman. That information was confirmed on November 18 by the president’s spokesman Irzhi Ovchachek. Miloš Zeman also invited the presidents of UK, USA and France to the commemoration. The forum marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is organized by the European Jewish Congress in cooperation with the World Jewish Congress. In the Czech Republic, preparations for the forum are managed directly by the Federation of Jewish Communities.

The presidents and heads of parliament of many countries are expected in Prague for the commemoration, including the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, who has already confirmed his participation.

The Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp is located in Poland, 60 kilometers west of Krakow. It was liberated  on January 27, 1945, by the army of the 107th division under the command of Lieutenant General Vasily Petrenko. During the years 1941-1945 more than 1.4 million people were killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp, the majority of them Jews.

Since 1947 Auschwitz has been turned into a museum and included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Espreso TV

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  • Brent

    Good to see the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic has more of a backbone then their President, Milos Zeman, and is more of a friend of Ukraine.

  • Paul P. Valtos

    Since Jewish anti-Semitism was a primary cause of pogroms in the Russian Pale, it seems that the last person to be invited to a commemoration of the destruction of Jews would be inviting another chief nut from Russia. From Ivan to Nicholas and now Putin, it seems that the head of the Russian state seems to attract people that are not wound quite well.

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    It was the UKRAINIAN armed forces who liberated Auschwitz and most of the German
    concentration camps, NOT Russians (although this is never stated).Spielberg at the end of his movie “Schindler’s List” libelled the UKRAINIAN people by ignoring this momentous historical fact.

    There are 2600 Ukrainian “righteous” commemorated in Jerusalem for risking/giving
    their lives to save Jews but there are only a mere 240 “russian” righteous. There would be tens of thousands more Ukrainians on the list except that they were wiped out, killed, murdered by Germans and Russians before their sacrificial efforts to save Jews could be documented.

    Finding truth about Ukraine is like finding gold- one must sift, over years, through
    tons of ore to find grams of gold. One must sift through countless tons of russian lies, libel and western disinformation and ignorance of facts to gradually find bits of truth about Ukraine. Here are just a few nuggets about Ukraine:

    No nation, no people on this entire earth gave anything close to what Ukraine gave
    to defeat Germany and therefore to save the Jewish people as did Ukraine.

    67% of ALL German military forces including all elite and SS forces- worldwide- were fighting in UKRAINE NOT “russia”.

    The entire German effort in the East focused almost exclusively on… UKRAINE, not
    “russia”, as of late 1942.

    Russia, as commonly stated did not defeat Hitler. Hitler was defeated in UKRAINE by
    UKRAINIANS as Churchill wrote: Germany was defeated in Ukraine.

    Statistics commonly state that 23 million “russians” perished in WW2 . UKRAINE’s
    population fell by 14 million from 1941 to 1945. the other 9 million were from all the other soviet republics together plus russia.

    For every American who died in WW2, 56 Ukrainians died.

    It is time for the ADL and other organizations to stop their sensless and graundless libel against UKRAINE and UKRAINIANS, embrace them and acknowledge their primary role in saving the Jewish people from the holocaust!

    Yet all we ever hear is the falsehood of “Russia, Russia,
    Russia, Russia, Russia…Russia” This must change.

    • Михаил

      First, my respect to the Federation for their integrity and courage. Regarding the role of Ukrainians in WW2, it was indeed greatly underestimated first by soviet and then by Russian historiography. But to my mind it is a big exaggeration to say that Hitler was defeated by Ukrainians. I don’t think it is a good idea to fight the Russian lies by such ungrounded statements.

      • disqus_aJpixObjG7


        You are telling Churchill- not me- that he is a big exaggerator. It is not my statement that you are disputing, you are disputing Churchill himself who wrote that Germany was defeated in Ukraine.

        I repeat, Germany was defeated in UKRAINE, wrote Churchill according to the FACTS.

        Who was fighting the Germans in UKRAINE? Not “russians” but the 1st, 2nd 3rd, 4th and 5th UKRAINIAN FRONTS comprised not of any “russians” but of 7. 4 MILLION (seven point four million) UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS.

        The Truth shocks and disconcerts when it overturns long held illusions and published propaganda.

        By the way what “integrity and courage” do you refer to? And to what “federation”? Are you speaking about- “russia”?

        It could not be “russia”. Russia shows no integrity whatsoever but rather only genocidal criminality since 1917. This too is a FACT, not anyone’s personal opinion.

        What “courage” do you refer to? The FACT that russian political forces and their heroes such as brezhnev and khruschov commanded military security forces safely behind the front, machine-gunning down hundreds of thousands of UKRAINIAN troops who hesitated to advance against the Germans because they were given no weapons? Is that the “courage” you refer to?

        To what “federation” do you refer? “russia”? “russia” is NOT A FEDERATION. this is again a FACT, not a mere opinion such as yours. By definition, “russia” is no federation rather an illegitimate unelected (“elected” by fraud and farce only) oppressive dictator state, ruled by low level , uncultured criminal elements and fulfilling the exact definition of a mafia banana republic such as Nigeria.

        This again, may sound unpleasant, but it is not a personal opinion but a FACT. The truth and its FACTS should never be watered down to appease mere sentiments or personal opinions.

        • Михаил

          Sorry for complete misunderstanding. I am afraid you are taking everything too emotionally.

          1. “Federation” stands for the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic.

          2. I did not argue with Churchill because as myself he did not mean Ukrainian soldiers, but rather Ukraine as a country, where Germany was defeated.

          3. Under no circumstances I meant Russian soldiers saying about the role of other nations in defeating Hitler. Their role was so greatly exaggerated, that I completely agree with all your statements about them.

          4. My criticism was regarded to your statement about Ukrainians that simply reminded me similar soviet/russian exaggerations about the Russians. There were many other nations in the Red Army, as well as many other armies contributing to defeating Hitler. To my mind, mathematical calculations for proving an exceptional role of ANY specific nation is just improper. And particularly in the light of the similar improper approach of the soviet/russian historiography, which you rightfully criticized by yourself.

          • disqus_aJpixObjG7

            Dear Mikhailo,

            Yes there was a misunderstanding about “Federation.” I mistakenly thought you referred to the russian “federation”.

            God bless the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic for their stance for truth and what is right, in standing by Ukraine, former homeland to more Jews than any other nation on this earth. (15% of Ukraine’s population were Jews and 30% of many urban populations in Ukraine were Jewish!) Ukraine is also the homeland of Hasidic Jewry- of the Bal shem Tov.

            It is time for Jews and Ukrainians , like a divorced married couple, to embrace each other and be at peace together. Russian lies have created the split.

            Now regarding your statement. re “the role of ANY specific nation” here is what I stated according to facts:

            Statistics commonly state that 23 million “russians” perished in WW2. UKRAINE’s population fell by 14 million from 1941 to 1945. Therefore the other 9 million were from all the other soviet republics put together plus “russia”.

            I do believe that it is time to come out from the yoke of russian cultural oppression and to openly declare the truthful role of the specific nation of Ukraine in its historic achievements. UKRAINIANS PLAYED THE PREDOMINANT ROLE IN DEFEATING GERMANY. This FACT needs to be trumpeted until it obscures russian lies and western ignorance!

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    please copy and send this email or similar to the director(s) of the Metropolitan Opera. Here is their email address. Their behavior is utterly inexcusable

    [email protected],

    For the attention of

    Ann Ziff

    – Chairman

    W. Kennedy

    – President and Chief Executive Officer

    T. Bass

    – Vice Chairman


    – Secretary


    – Treasurer

    C. Morris

    – Chairman of the Executive Committee

    B. Lindemann

    – Vice President

    F. Hunter


    The Met “proudly support” an opera diva publicly
    lauding and financially supporting Hamas or Al Qaeda?

    Dear Met,

    Your curt, dismissive, disdainful and ill-considered response
    regarding Anna Netrebko is indeed shocking and insulting- not just to the
    entire Ukrainian people but to all people. It is unworthy and disillusioning.
    The Met really must consider making a worthy statement (by a senior member) to
    repair this blemish on its dignity.

    Anna Netrebko is an artist who takes a PUBLIC position that
    supports the invasion of sovereign independent states, military aggression, neo-fascism, racism, ethnic and cultural cleansing, torture, murder of news correspondents and
    homosexuals as well as mass bloodshed against innocent civilians as is
    occurring in East Ukraine and Crimea. She should be led to know that she and
    her ilk can not then hide from responsibility behind their art. Nor has any
    cultural institution such as the Met the right to hide them behind its skirts.

    The national institution of Austrian Airlines was not so
    “proudly” supportive of Ms.Netrebko as the Met. They hastened to
    do what is right, viz. to “distance themselves from extreme political positions
    and the use of armed violence,” assuring that the opera diva is no longer the
    face of their company. Netrebko’s political militancy and donation to terrorism
    has gathered wide criticism not only on the internet but also from the Austrian Foreign

    Please consider taking a similar stance against those who
    support what is anathema to all cultured, democratic and morally oriented
    people- a stance worthy of the Met that does not disdain and dismiss this
    important issue but that addresses it consequently such as has Austrian Airlines.

    With thanks,


  • Valera Sceptical

    This “Federation of Jewish Communities ” does not have monopoly on the event. Enough is enough! They concern about “occupying the territories of a neighboring state by force”? Great! Send a protest letter to the most brutal occupier of them all – Israeli Netanyahu. This criminal is almost done with Palestinian land through killing and brutality.

    • Ken Kelso

      Valera, please read this article and the comments after the article which rebuke everything you just said.

      • Valera Sceptical

        Ken, just read your link. It is factually absolutely incorrect. Don’t have time now to get into details – this editorial from Boston Globe is a poster child for US media narrative on Middle East – Israel is peaceful and wants to settle conflict while bloodthirsty Palestinians rejects all efforts by Israel for creation of Palestinian state. What a nonsense! I guess the world is blind too in your opinion, that’s why any resolution critical of Israel passes overwhelmingly. Right? Oops, forgot – the world is anti-Semitic and votes to condemn Israel for its crimes and genocide against Palestinians is irrelevant.

        • Ken Kelso

          What are you talking about.
          Are you talking about the U.N?
          Yes the U.N countries vote against Israel to appease the Arabs.
          There are 22 Arab countries and only 1 Jewish state.
          You do realize this Valera.
          Ask yourself this, how come these same countries oppose a Kurdish state, but support a Palestinian state.
          Because these same countries don’t want to offend the Arabs, thats why they oppose a Kurdish state.
          A great article for you

          Who Truly Deserves a State? The Kurds or the Palestinians?
          By Victor Sharpe
          February 19, 2012

          • Ken Kelso

            Over the past 21 years, we’ve seen what the Palestinians have done with the autonomy generously granted to them by Israel. They’ve slaughtered Israeli grandmothers and toddlers, pregnant women and elderly rabbis. They’ve set off their nail-studded, rat poison-laced bombs in shopping malls, disco’s, pizzeria’s, cafe’s and university cafeterias. These Terrorstinians turned school buses into blazing infernos, invaded home and shot mothers and children in their beds.

            These Palestinian Islamo Nazis murdered 3 month old Jewish babies like Chaya Braun by running her over with a car. They’ve slaughtered Rabbis praying in a Temple and celebrate this by handing out candy.

            They’ve dragged 13-year-old boys to caves and stoned them to death. Those who don’t actually pull the triggers, detonate the bombs or do the stoning, celebrate the atrocities in the streets of Ramallah and Jenin, as they danced in those same streets when other Arabs crashed two planes into the World Trade Center.

            These Arab sadists even built an exhibition celebrating the Sbarros massacre. When do you think the Arabs will realize, that murdering Israeli pizza-eaters, dance-club people, school kids, teenagers and sleeping five-year-olds is barbaric. Do these Arabs have any humanity?
            It is becoming increasingly obvious, that the followers of Muhammed are not human beings.

        • Ken Kelso

          Who wants genocide? I’ll let Valera judge

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