The International Committee Ravensbrück rejects any war.

01.03.2022

The International Ravensbrück Committee rejects any war.

After the end of the Second World War in 1945, Europe had hoped not to hear more noise of weapons and not to see more populations fleeing from tanks and bombings. This was not the case and over the years we have witnessed the explosion of wars of unprecedented violence in Europe, the killing of thousands of civilians. The Soviet invasions of Budapest (1956) and Prague (1968), the very long war in the Balkans(1991-1999), the war in Chechnya (1994 and 1999), the Russo-Georgian war for the reclamation of Ossetia (2008), war in Ukraine (2014) in which Russia annexes the Crimean peninsula and militarily supports the breakaway republics of Donbass. Today, the advance of Russian tanks on Ukrainian territory, beyond the borders of the Donbass region of which the Russian president blatantly recognizes the autonomy from the Ukrainian central government, suggests a deeper and more prolonged penetration into the country. This military invasion of Ukraine by Russia finds neither political, territorial, nor defense justifications and the similarities with the Sudeten invasion of 1939 when Hitler claimed that territory as belonging to Germany, as it was inhabited mainly by Germans, is deeplay disturbung. One of the hopes of Europe emerging from the war was to move towards a future in which not only there were no more wars, but also differences of nationality, language and origin were overcome. If on the one hand we find favorably that the European population is now multi-ethnic and the differences of origin and language are an integral and enriching part of our experience, on the other we are witnessing territorial and power claims that have ancient origins and that struggle to find solutions. through mediation. The Ravensbrück International Committee, to which the baton of history has been left by the survivors of the Nazi concentration camps, witnesses dismay at what is happening and rejects any act of war, strengthened by the history of those who have been able to find solidarity and strength to fight the common enemy, without distinction of nationality, language, religious belief. This is the teaching that has been left to us and it is what we must spread and pursue.