Russo-german partnership: A museum exhibit. Part one

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September 13, 1955: State visit of Konrad Adenauer to Moscow

Arnold Schölzel
in Junge Welt November 9, 2015

Translated from German by Tom Winter
[Click here for part two]


In Bonn 25 years ago today Chancellor Helmut Kohl (CDU) and the president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, signed the Treaty on “good neighborliness, partnership and cooperation” between the two countries. 

Therein lay the beginning of understanding and reconciliation, of a Europe united through “shared values” towards the purpose of “a lasting and just peace in Europe including the creation of stable security structures.” 

Nearly 15 years later, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on a “strategic partnership for education, research and innovation,” April 11, 2005.

Ten years later, there is little left. 

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The Federal Republic participates in the illegal wars of the West, NATO has moved up to a few hundred kilometers from Moscow, the German air force patrols on the Russian border, they govern in Kiev with the help of US and EU nationalist and fascist forces, whose regime carries out terrorist pogroms against Russian-speaking inhabitants.

Against the residents of eastern Ukraine, with the support of NATO they are conducting a war, a war directed against Russia. The German media provide propaganda. In 2005 Schröder spoke with regard to the then upcoming 60th anniversary of the liberation from fascism that the partnership “in view of our very varied history (…) should not be taken for granted.” 2015 Chancellor Angela Merkel on 10 May traveled to Moscow to hold Putin’s policies as “criminal.” 

A low level of relations in every respect.

The Treaty of 1990 and the agreement of 2005 play a great role in the exhibit of documents and photographs, which can be seen until 13 December, at the Berlin Martin-Gropius-Bau. But the military encirclement of Russia and the hateful elevator music in the Federal Republic over the last 25 years, however, do not. Under the title “Russia and Germany. From confrontation to cooperation,” the Russian state archive has especially provided 211 exhibits, the State Minister for Culture at the Federal Chancellery financed the project, which has been in preparation since 2013 by the German-Russian Museum in Berlin-Karlshorst, the Capitulation Museum, and the Russian archives. In parallel an exhibition on the same subject can be seen in Moscow from tomorrow, Tuesday, with about 100 exhibits more.

to be continued…

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