Video source: Russia Insight
Below is our translation of an article in mirnovostey.info on the reaction of ordinary German citizens on social media to a Putin documentary in which he expressed that Russians do not hate Germans despite the fact that the German Nazis took 25 million Russian lives. Comments by Vince Dhimos.
Click here for the documentary including the interview with Andrey Kondrashin mentioned below. The link is to a version subtitled in English.
A short segment from Putin's interview that caused a real flurry of pro-Russian sentiment in Germany
As you know, not so long ago (in early 2018), a two-hour documentary film entitled “Putin” went on the air, in which the Russian president gave an exhaustive interview to director Andrey Kondrashev. During the conversation, Putin answered the question about the relationship between Russia and Germany through the lens of the Second World War, and this answer amazed the German viewers who watched the broadcast on the TV channel RT-Germany.
In particular, the president said:
“I cannot speak for every citizen of our country separately, but on the whole I am sure that our people do not hate modern Germans. As they say, time heals wounds. And it would hardly be right to blame all German generations for what their ancestors did – sprinkling ashes on their heads, and scourging themselves for a terrible past (in a cat they did not even live) indefinitely. And although we must always draw conclusions from the past, remembering it in order to prevent this from happening in the future, is also impossible to introduce the principles of collective responsibility into it. ”
Translation of comments:
“That's exactly why Putin is the most respected person and politician in Germany!” Russia lost more than 25 million dead in World War II! And it is the Russians who have the leading right to hate us for what our ancestors did. But nevertheless, Putin and the Russians have enough nobility to separate us, living today, from those Germans who lived and created all this in those times! What does this mean first of all? I think that true traitors are sitting in our ranks and our positions of power! They deliberately honour our enemies - the United States, and scold real friends - Russia. How long can we put up with all this !? ”
“I know that in principle it is impossible, but my Federal Chancellor is Mr. Putin in his mind and in his heart!”
- “Thanks to Putin for these words !!! ???? And forgive us for the actions of our politicians, unfortunately it’s been a long time since we elected them... ”
“It is very pleasant to see that there is at least one politician in the world with a will for strong decisions and sanity. And thanks to Vladimir Putin for these words, reflecting how many Germans also think. Putin, in my opinion, is the best politician in Europe, and not only because of this position, but simply because he has achieved a lot for his country, and has exposed all those levels of injustice in Europe that we have in abundance! In fact, the entire [Russophobic—Vince] hysteria of the EU stems from the fact that Putin is telling the truth, and this is very unattractive for our authorities. Well, the United States simply cannot accept the fact that “Moscow” is again a superpower, and they are putting pressure on it, with us and the puppet politicians of our authorities as their tools”...
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“Of all those who currently the supreme power in the world in their hands, Putin seems to me to be the most honest and sensible person!”
“We should be grateful to Putin and Russia for extending a helping hand to us for years, and apologizing, for turning away from her every time!” After all, who holds us under occupation with 60 thousand soldiers? Who makes us engage in illegal wars around the world? Who constantly says that it will be better for the Germans if the Russians are lised as enemies? Who imposes neoliberal ideology on us? Who the hell is leading a trade war with us? Is this Russia? No - this is America! And who listens to our government? Who engages in industrial espionage in Germany? Who is to blame for the refugee problem? Who puts pressure on our government and has the most military bases in the world? Russian again? No! They voluntarily and as a gesture of peace, left East Germany, dissolved the Warsaw Pact, and NATO continues to advance to their eastern border! And after that Russia is the "enemy"? People, come to your senses, and finally listen to your inner voice and Putin! ”
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“The Russians have forgiven us, despite the huge sacrifices due to our actions, and again give us a chance to live in a world without nuclear conflict!” (referring to the Putin Message to the Federal Assembly, which ensured strategic parity). They are provoked by the West, are under our pressure, and all the same silently reach out their hand in friendship, and we continue to slap it away! Russians have not forgotten what it means to be a family! They show us (when we see it) what it means to love your Motherland! I am glad that we have more and more Germans who understand all this! After all, this means that our countries have a historical chance to become true friends and allies! Putin is doing everything for this, and now it is the turn of Germany and each of us! ”