The European Communist Initiative during the meeting of its Secretariat in Athens on 8/9 issued the following resolution on the 70th anniversary of the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples:
70 years ago at the daybreak of the 9th of May 1945, the seemingly invincible Germany unconditionally surrendered. The Red Army crushed fascism and raised the red flag with the hammer and sickle high over Berlin.
The European Communist Initiative honours the over 20 million dead of the Soviet Union, all those who sacrificed themselves, who were disabled on the battlefields, who contributed with self-sacrifice and heroism to the defeat of fascism. It notes the vanguard role and decisive contribution of the communist parties all over the world to the national liberation struggle.
We honour and defend the unsurpassed contribution of the USSR and socialism, the struggle of the communists from the lies and ahistorical distortions. The peoples of Europe today must reject the provocative and anti-historical aim of the EU and its governments to equate communist with the fascist monster. We must denounce the offensive that has been unleashed by capital’s forces which promote anticommunism, the persecution and bans on the activity of communist parties, the trials against communists, the outlawing of communist symbols and the dissemination of communist ideas, as recently happened in Ukraine, insulting the memory of the militants of the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples. The honouring of the Nazi collaborators and their political descendants is an enormous provocation. The mass celebration of the Anti-fascist Victory is a defiant response to the EU and capitalists that are vainly trying to transform this day into the alleged “Day of Europe”. The history of the Great Antifascist Victory of the PeopLes will not be rewritten.
It has been demonstrated clearly and is confirmed today that fascism is created and nourished by the capitalist system itself, it is the most extreme form of the monopolies’ power that is based on capitalist exploitation. The fascist-Nazi ideology is inherently criminal. This was proved by the appalling crimes of the Nazis in World War II, the mass murders and persecution, the Nazi concentration camps, the criminal activity of the Sturmabteilung against communists, other antifascists, immigrants. The youth in particular must draw important lessons from this history.
The peoples today are suffering due to the barbaric anti-worker offensive of capital so that it can overcome its crisis, in the context of sharpening competition. They are experiencing the new dangers of imperialist wars and intervention, in which the EU-USA and NATO play the leading role. Their enemy is none other than the monopolies and their power. Their future prospects are to be found in the struggle for the liberation of the working class from the shackles of exploitation. 70 years after the Antifascist Victory of the Peoples, its lessons strengthen our unshakeable conviction that socialism-communism is the new world.
LONG LIVE THE ANTIFASCIST VICTORY OF THE PEOPLES