170 firme contro il revisionismo

‘Respect
for Historical Memory in Europe’. More than 170 intellectuals sign
open letter against EP resolution.

On the initiative of
transform! europe, more than 170 intellectuals, including scholars,
teachers, and politicians from all parts of Europe, have signed an
open letter in which they reject the latest resolution of the
European Parliament (EP) regarding the politics of memory, urging
Respect
for Historical Memory in Europe
’.

This resolution –
Importance
of European remembrance for the future of Europe

– , adopted on 19 September to mark the outbreak of the Second
World War, was supported by a majority of 535 to 66, including most
members of the social democratic and Green political group in the EP.

transform! europe regards the resolution as an
attempt to whitewash historical fact in order to justify the equation
of the murderous Nazi regime with socialist and communist ideals.

Memory is not something to
entrust only to specialist historians; it is a fundamental part of
our present and our democracies. This is exactly transform! europe’s
aim. It regards the open letter as the start of a European movement
to revitalise the spirit of antifascism which originally informed the
founding of our democracies and the striving for European unity,
which historical revisionism must not be allowed to marginalise.

One of the first
institutions to reject the resolution was the International
Federation of Resistance Fighters –
Association of Anti-Fascist
s which
characterised it as ‘narrow-minded, decretive and instrumental’
(see
https://www.fir.at/en/2019/09/23/english-a-bad-message-from-the-european-parliament/).

In the face of
emerging neo-fascist parties with increasing electoral support and
the intensification of nationalist hatred, growing anti-Semitism, and
racism in many European countries, a debate about which lessons we
must draw from the victory over historic fascism has indeed become
crucial.

Inquiries and
Contact

Walter Baier

Political Coordinator transform! europe

+43 (0) 676 6969000

Barbara Steiner

Director transform! europe

+43 (0)1 504 66 86-30