Protest against Potsdam

Germany, brilliantly shaping up a plan for its European conquest by adding national pride and support, one propaganda piece at a time:

AUGSBURG/MUNICH (Own report) – In the run-up to this weekend’s annual “Sudeten German Convention,” the Bavarian regional government has announced the introduction of a memorial day in commemoration of German resettlement. Beginning 2014, the second Sunday in September will annually be dedicated to the commemoration of the German victims of “flight, expulsion and deportation” as a result of the Second World War. The designation of this memorial day is one of the German political establishment’s measures, to seek to embed the notion that the resettlement was “an injustice” in the mindset of future generations. Based on this – historically erroneous – opinion, Germany can raise advantageous political claims vis à vis Eastern and Southeastern European countries. Besides the creation of a memorial day, Bavaria is also supporting, with 20 million Euros, the establishment of a “Sudeten German Museum” in Munich. The German Bundestag has earmarked another 10 million Euros to the project. An exposition, which could serve as the centerpiece of the museum, put the legitimacy of the founding of Czechoslovakia into question, using controversial quotes from Nazi sources. The Bavarian prime minister will be honored, with a Sudeten German Homeland Association award at Sunday’s events for his support of the “expellees.”

The Younger Generation

As can be seen in Bavaria’s prime minister’s statements, the institution of a memorial day is also aimed at influencing future debates. Until recently, it had always been claimed – for example in the controversies surrounding a “Center against Expulsions” or the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation [6] – that personal satisfaction must be given to those who fled or were resettled since 1944. This is viewed as necessary, even though the majority of those concerned have died. The Bavarian prime minister, on the other hand, even proclaims that “the memory of flight and expulsion must be kept alive, particularly for the younger generation.”[7] In fact there is an upsurge in government activities around resettlement in the field of collective memory policies, because those, who had been resettled are either no longer alive or they are very old – and their associations, which had kept the memory of resettlement alive, proclaiming it an injustice, are steadily losing influence, due to their decline in membership. For Prime Minister Seehofer, the resettlement must be embedded in the memory of the “younger generation,” because it will be they, who “will configurate the European house of tomorrow.” The memory of resettlement and its classification as “injustice,” permit Germany to uphold its political demands vis à vis Eastern and Southeastern European countries. (german-foreign-policy.com reported.[8])

Central European People’s Order

At the Sudeten German Convention, on Sunday, Bavarian Prime Minister, Horst Seehofer, whose government has reliably supported the Sudeten Germans and their homeland association, will be presented the Sudeten Germans Homeland Association’s European Karlspreis Award – “for his contributions toward a more just people’s order in Central Europe.” The award is named after Emperor Charles IV, who “was king of Germany and Bohemia, at the same time.”[11] The Sudeten German Convention, at which also this year, the extreme right-wing “Witikobund” [12] will be officially present, is financially supported by the Bavarian government, from its budget of the Ministry for Employment and Social Order, Family and Women.

Over the next few weeks, taking the occasion of the official “expulsions” commemorations offensive, german-foreign-policy.com will continue to report on the thrust in the collective memory policy of others of the more important resettled associations, alongside the “Sudeten German Homeland Association.”

Full article: Protest against Potsdam (German Foreign Policy)

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