A Russian student who spoke about the horrors of World War 2 in the German Parliament earlier this week has been harassed online and received death threats ever since.
The boy claimed that the German troops sent to capture the USSR during World War 2 were also victims of the conflagration. Nikolai Desyatnichenko, the author of the speech, said he researched the topic and the story of a German soldier changed his optic completely.
Back in his home country, some Russian lawmakers were outraged by the Russian government said the reaction was exaggerated. The Kremlin, however, thinks that the country’s education system should be revamped.
The schoolboy explained that he researched the story of German soldier Georg Johann Rau who was captured in the Battle of Stalingrad and sent to a death camp in Siberia. The boy told German MPs that Rau’s story “touched” him, and prompted him to visit the graves of German soldiers in Siberia.
[…] I saw the graves of people who died innocently, many of whom wanted to live in peace and did not want to go to war,
Russian Student’s Speech Sparks Outrage in Russia
That aspect “deeply saddened him”. The student expressed hope that common sense would unite humanity and prevent such horrors from happening again. His speech went unnoticed for a couple of days.
It went viral after a Russian user posted the video on Facebook on Sunday. That user thinks the speech was “disgusting” and his comments received more than 1,000 likes. Some pro-Putin users accused him of trying to downplay the Nazis’ crimes in his country.
On Twitter, the topic spurred over 10,000 tweets in less than a day. In Russia, the boy was accused of “liberal propaganda” on national TV. Putin’s office accused the boy’s critics of “hounding” him. The Kremlin blamed the education system for his views.
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