‘Embarrassing Mistake’? Der Spiegel Says Americans Liberated Auschwitz — and It’s Not the Only One

Perception managers are starting to fall for their parallel reality

The German weekly Der Spiegel “mistakenly” said the US Army liberated the notorious Auschwitz death camp. They have company in erasing the Soviet Union’s role in ending the Holocaust from WWII history, too: the White House.

Der Spiegel published a graphic on social media platforms last week saying the “amerikanischen Armee” (US Army) was the one that liberated Auschwitz, the largest Nazi death camp.

That would have been news to anyone in the 322nd Rifle Division of the Red Army’s 1st Ukrainian Front, which actually kicked in the gates of the camp on January 27, 1945. That date was later adopted as the international Holocaust Memorial Day.

Der Spiegel owned up to “this extremely embarrassing mistake” fairly quickly, saying they made it on Thursday evening and had corrected it by Friday morning.

“We assume that the screenshot from Thursday is circulating as a just punishment,” the magazine later tweeted.

When this happens once, it’s an “extremely embarrassing mistake” indeed. When it’s reinforced by speeches from the top two US officials, however, one is tempted to conclude something else is afoot.

On the same day Der Spiegel published the flagrantly false claim, US Vice President Mike Pence – speaking at the World Holocaust Forum in Israel – described the camp’s liberators as mere “soldiers,” without saying whose.

He went on to talk about two million US soldiers who fought in Europe and suffered “appalling casualties” to free the continent “from the grip of tyranny” – while reducing the far greater contribution of the Red Army and the Soviet Union to a token phrase about “all the Allied forces.”

There was zero pushback from US mainstream media to this appalling revisionism. By Monday, US President Donald Trump was committing the same sin of omission in his Holocaust Memorial Day proclamation.

While it acknowledges “the heroes who risked their own lives—many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice—to help liberate the camps” there is no mention of who they are, aside from the very abstract “forces of freedom.”

Between Pence’s speech and this, one might get the impression that these heroic soldiers were Americans, not Soviets.

Trump’s proclamation ends with resolving to “combat evil and oppressive regimes with democracy, justice, and the compassionate spirit that is found in the hearts of all Americans,” suggesting that the process of erasing the Soviet Union’s contribution to WWII and ending the Holocaust is pretty much complete in Washington – and Der Spiegel was just ahead of its time by a few days.

Source: RT

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Garry Compton
Garry Compton
11 months ago

The only place that the US liberated, was the Federal Reserve and Israel. Both got liberated, new printing presses and the keys to the country and parts of the World.

Rowdy-Yates
Rowdy-Yates
11 months ago

There as no “death camp. As for Auschwitz the following it true:
Let us hope the schoolchildren visitors are properly taught about the elegant swimming-pool at Auschwitz, built by the inmates who watched the water-polo matches [6]; and were shown paintings from its art class, which still exist; and told about the camp library which had some forty-five thousand volumes for inmates to choose from, plus a range of periodicals; and the six camp orchestras at Auschwitz/Birkenau, its the theatrical performances, including a children’s opera, the weekly camp cinema, and even the special brothel established there. Let’s hope they are shown postcards written from Auschwitz, some of which still exist, where the postman would collect the mail twice-weekly.
[School Trips to Auschwitz – By Nicholas Kollerstrom]

Down to Earth Thinking
11 months ago
Reply to  Rowdy-Yates

And the many skinny emaciated dying jews were just what outcome from all the niceties you believe took palce ? Were they just a figment of many photographs and films from the era of 45/46 ?

Do you also believe Antifa types are not the real Fascist willing to deny any free specch they do not agree with via their own mind effed ignorance ? Just curious.

Rowdy-Yates
Rowdy-Yates
11 months ago

Since the Holocaust is a fabrication the authenticity of the photos comes into question. Were they in starvation due to allied bombing? yes.

CHUCKMAN
11 months ago

“Perception managers are starting to fall for their parallel reality”

I do think there is truth in that.

Down to Earth Thinking
11 months ago
Reply to  CHUCKMAN

There is some truth there but nOt completely or totally the only truth. US/ALLIED and Russians bith liberated different camps. That is just a fct not repersented here for whatever reasons ? I see lot of extrememe leanings here no diffent than deep state junk ? Both are deceptive and dishonest.

persianlilacs
persianlilacs
11 months ago

I learned as a junior in high school American History class. That it was the Soviets who liberated Auschwitz! This was in 1986. Also while people even journalists do sometimes get their facts mixed up. Or leave something out without meaning to. Both Trump and Pence, Trump more so just aren’t very bright!

Plus keep in mind they didn’t mention any of the other Allied Forces. It was very much focused on American accomplishments regarding the war in Europe and the other Countries are just a mere afterthought! Is how I’m reading it.

Trap Is Not Gay
Trap Is Not Gay
11 months ago

I grew up thinking the US was the first country been to space and also the beater of Germans, as it’s been slightly “suggested” by cartoons, movies, etc. I found out that Russia did that when I was already adult.
The “owners” (if you know what I’m saying) of the MSM don’t have shame.

persianlilacs
persianlilacs
11 months ago

I learned in school that it was the Soviets who made it first to space. And the Americans who landed on the moon. Also as noted in my own comment. That it was the Soviets who liberated Auschwitz. This was in a high school American History class in 1986, junior year.

Trap Is Not Gay
Trap Is Not Gay
11 months ago
Reply to  persianlilacs

Not in my country, though.
I guess around 80% of Brazilian people think the US beat Hitler and was the first been to space.

Down to Earth Thinking
11 months ago

Wake up, all of it is BS and all countries are full of crap with their control freak elites shamming you daily

Mychal Arnold
Mychal Arnold
11 months ago

Who owns Der Spiegel?

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