Germany Disagrees With Latvia On WWII Interpretation

On May 7, the Latvian Seimas adopted a resolution denigrating the Great Victory, which states:

“World War II was the most devastating conflict in the history of Europe, which was caused by a non-aggression pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, signed on August 23, 1939, also called the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and its secret protocols, in which the two totalitarian regimes shared Europe on spheres of influence.”

On the same day, the magazine “Der Spiegel” published a statement by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas:

“Attempts to rewrite history unhappily over and over again in recent months require a clear clarification of our position, which generally should not be required in the face of undeniable historical facts:

only Germany unleashed World War II with its attack on Poland. And only Germany is responsible for crimes against humanity committed during the Holocaust. Anyone who sows doubts about this and makes other nations to be considered accomplices commits injustice towards the victims. That turns history into an instrument and splits Europe.”