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No place for a gallery on the Holocaust in the new Canadian Museum of Human Rights?

by David Hirsh, April 8, 2011, originally at engageonline.wordpress.com

In the Baltic States and in Eastern Europe, where post Soviet narratives of nationhood are being written, there is a temptation to emphasize the crimes of the Stalinists and to de-emphasize the crimes of the nationalists.  The crimes of the Stalinists against the nations of Eastern Europe are of course real and terrible – and also largely forgotten, particularly during Soviet rule.  Not least amongst the historical crimes of the nationalists, however, was help given to the Nazi movement in perpetrating the Holocaust.

Buried within rhetoric about remembering all these historical atrocities equally is a temptation to rehabilitate perpetrators of the Holocaust as partisan heroes against the Stalinists, and to criminzlise Jews as supporters of Communism.  Buried within the rhetoric about remembering “equal genocides” is sometimes a wish to portray Stalin as being worse than Hitler.

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