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IN MY OPINION IT IS A MISTAKE TO CONFUSE RESISTANCE TO OCCUPATION AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR

 

Dear Aage

The Second World War in Europe was a war fought against fascism – in particular the German variant exemplified by Nazism – and including also Italian fascism. The Second World War in Europe ended with the surrender of Germany; a surrender to which Russia was the major contributor because Germany was largely defeated at Stalingrad and Kursk and was always in retreat afterwards.
The Resistance in Lithuania against Soviet occupation was a heroic effort by some Lithuanians to obtain freedom for their country. In my opinion it is a mistake to confuse resistance to occupation and the Second World War. After the end of the Second World War there have been many occupations of many countries by Capitalist and Communist powers and each side has tried to characterise any resistance to its forces as an act of the ‘Other’ side.

Resistance to Occupation has a very long and courageous history in Europe and throughout the world and no ‘side’ has a right to claim the heroic activities of resistance fighters/activists to support its ideology. Inevitably that requires misrepresentation of the motives and objectives of the resistance; part of the theme of the book “The Ugly American” about the then developing Vietnamese war. It is also the type of misrepresentation that leads to one 'side' claiming “We are all Georgians now”.
This misrepresentation is a major cause of the inability of ‘Western’ countries to think in any clear way about the activities grouped under the label of ‘terrorism’ and it is better to avoid such ideologically driven commentary/analysis.

Kindest Regards
Robert Jennings, Ireland-Lithuania

Category : Opinions



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