Presentation to the 4th European Communist Meeting on Education – by Robert Wilkinson.
February 4th 2010 Brussels
First of all I should like to express the thanks of the Communist Party of Britain to the Communist Party of Greece, not just for organising this meeting, but also for their work in exposing the campaign being conducted by the reactionary forces in the Baltic States, Poland and the Czech Republic in their attempts to deny and distort the historical record of the victory of the Allies in the Second World War.
The so-called Prague Declaration that is currently being circulated in the European Parliament under the title ‘European Conscience and Communism’, is a rehash of the persistent attempts by reactionary historians to equate Soviet Communism and Hitlerite Fascism, echoing the old slanders of British authors George Orwell and Robert Conquest, now more recently joined by the release of the film ‘Katyn’ by Andrzej Wajda repeating the old lies of the Soviet massacre of Polish officers in 1940.
This ‘red-equals-brown’ distortion of historical truth is also backed by the ancient accusation linking Communism with a Jewish conspiracy in an attempt to cover up the collaboration of the reactionary forces in the Baltic States with the almost total extermination of their Jewish populations.