Regarding the proposal of the CDU / CSU planned for June 17, 2004 for debate in the Bundestag to “promote memorials on the history of dictatorship in Germany”.
The CDU / CSU parliamentary group originally submitted an application for memorial site funding that was originally submitted in November 2003 and withdrawn as a result of the Saxon memorial site dispute at the beginning of May, and is aiming to discuss it in the Bundestag on June 17, 2004. Historical revisionist formulas such as “Memorial sites on the history of the dictatorship in Germany” and “Dignified remembrance of all victims of the two German dictatorships” are intended to establish the parallelization of the GDR and Nazi dictatorship in the Federal Republic’s policy of commemoration and remembrance, which has been sought for years and has often been found. The concept presented proves and illustrates: Influential groups in the conservative camp are still in their 60s. Year after the liberation from fascism, unwilling and unable to carry out the long overdue consequent break with Nazi barbarism, also through the unconditional recognition of the uniqueness of world history – and in this sense also incomparability – of the nature and dimensions of their crimes against humanity. It is telling that crimes such as the Europe-wide policy of conquest, plunder and extermination between 1938 and 1945 are not even worth mentioning.
The desired parallelization inevitably leads to previously unimaginable crimes being trivialized. The application lists more memorial sites related to the GDR than to the Nazi dictatorship. The alleged “plurality of conceptions” is expressed in attacks on anti-fascist traditions in the GDR and a lack of criticism of continuities and repressions in the Federal Republic. It is only logical that there are names among the signatories that are symbolic of trivializing the Nazi past. Some of them also showed this in the unresolved Hohmann affair or the most recent debate on displacement, including Peter Gauweiler, Vera Lengsfeld, Günter Nooke and Erika Steinbach.
At the beginning of a new electoral term of the parliament of the recently enlarged EU, the motion represents a provocation of the European victims of fascism, their relatives and survivors, the decidedly anti-Nazi majority of the European population. All members of the German Bundestag, but also politicians, Publicists, scientists, teachers and citizens should be aware of the scope of the upcoming controversies and their personal opinion.