It marks the end of the Second World War in Vienna

Today, the Austrian government marked the anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Austria and the liberation from Nazism.

KARL NEHAMMER: Many in Austria did not see the fall of Nazism as liberation but as humiliation

Karl Nehamer, Foto AP

Numerous guests were invited to the ceremony in front of the seat of the Austrian Government, among whom were the President of Austria Alexander van der Belen, his previous Heinz Fischer, numerous diplomats, but not the Ambassador of Russia.

Speaking about the anniversary of the end of the war, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nechamer pointed out that many in Austria did not consider it a release.

– There were victims, but also criminals, he pointed out.

Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler emphasized that the participation of many Austrians in Nazi crimes was “fanatical and perfidious”.

The officials pointed out that we should thank everyone who liberated Austria, and that is the allies and fighters of the resistance movement.

Kogler also reminded that numerous Ukrainian cities were victims of the Nazi feast of destruction.

He emphasized that today, Russian President Vladimir Putin uses those victims for his political representation and distorted representation, which must be strongly condemned.

Chancellor Nehamer also said that he was shocked that the destruction of the past continues in Ukraine today.

This, as he pointed out, should be a warning to everyone that wars must be prevented and, in the current case, ended.

The Russian ambassador was not invited to this year’s ceremony, although the Russian army was among the liberators of Austria.

Nehamer said that Austria has a special responsibility and that it must face the crimes of Nazism.

That is why, he added, the government bought land where possible, as well as where the former Nazi Guzen camp was located, in order to maintain a culture of remembrance.

Historian Stefan Carner said that despite his resistance, the Nazi regime did not collapse, but had to be defeated militarily.

He stated that the former Nazis only formally expressed regret and bore the consequences for the crimes.

For many, the end of the war was humiliation and awareness in Austria of the criminal Nazi regime developed only during the 1950s and 1960s.

Nehamer warned of the dangers that arose during crises such as the pandemic, when tones of diminishing Holocaust crimes were heard.

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