About 200 people have died of right-wing violence
in Germany since 1990. German authorities have, for far too long, downplayed the danger posed by right-wing terrorism.
In West Germany, an in-depth public discussion of Nazi crimes did not take place until decades after the end of World War II. And even in the 1980s, there was still much criticism when the 8th of May 1945 was first honored by a West German President as Liberation Day. Today, on the one hand, we have a well-developed culture of remembrance: every schoolchild is aware of the Holocaust, and in the streets, the so-called Stumbling Stones, the Stolpersteine, remind us of the murdered Jews.
All this is very nice, but unfortunately, our public remembrance has become somewhat one-sided. The extermination machine in Auschwitz was not in full swing until the beginning of the annihilation campaign against Russia, though the first half of Buchenwald’s oath "Never again war, never again fascism!" is gladly ignored. The fact that the Red Army liberated Auschwitz, that 3 million people were killed in the Siege of Leningrad alone, that in the Soviet Union probably 27 million people fell victim
to the fascist war of annihilation — all this is too little known in Germany or is mentioned less and less often.
There are reasons for that. One is that the German government would prefer to avoid raising the issue of compensation for Nazi war crimes again, which the Greek government did a few years ago. Above all, however, the fundamental lesson that war shall never again come from German soil no longer fits in the German foreign policy.
Since the mid-1990s, the Bundeswehr has been sent on foreign missions, the EU and NATO have been expanding further and further to the east, and more and more taxpayers' money is being spent on armament. This year, a vast NATO military maneuver Defender Europe 2020 was expected to be carried out, of all places, next to the Russian border.
It is true that the majority of the German population has learned from history and wants peace and reconciliation with Russia.