Although Nazism was condemned at the Nuremberg Tribunals more than half a century ago, its recurrences are still manifest, even if occasionally. This Saturday, July 30th, the small Estonian town of Sinimiae saw another rally of veterans of the 20th Estonian Waffen SS division, which fought Allied troops in the Second World War. Estonia’s antifascists held a counter-rally at the very same time, urging the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and other international organizations to stop the revival of Nazism in Europe. The Voice of Russia has more.

The rallies of Estonian SS-men are regularly attended by their companions-in-arms from Latvia and Finland, the ones that still hold dear the ideas of the Third Reich. Each year, they mark the anniversary of fighting for Sinimiae. Back in 1944, Nazis suffered a crushing defeat from Soviet troops in the battle of Sinimiae, but the former SS-men couldn’t care less. They defy the ban on wearing Nazi insignia and turn up in their Waffen SS uniform at their rallies. Nearby, the international human rights movement Peace without Nazism held their own antifascist rally. The activist of the Estonia without Nazism organization Maxim Reva believes that by authorizing ‘black Sabbaths’ the Estonian authorities create a favourable climate for spreading Nazi ideas both in their country and elsewhere in Europe.

““Neo-Nazi plague”, Maxim Reva says, was revived in the Baltic countries 20 years ago and is now spreading throughout Europe. Antifascists warned EU functionaries years ago that the latter should stop conniving at the ultra-right in some EU nations, or else these ideas would catch on in other European countries. Well, that’s precisely what’s started happening now that Austria’s ultra-right party has won the parliamentary election, and the True Finns Party has secured impressive returns in the election to the Finnish Parliament recently.”

Russia has long since tried to attract Europe’s attention to the glorification of Nazi criminals in Baltic countries, but the PACE and OSCE keep turning the blind eye to what happens there. So, SS veterans keep marching in Estonia and Latvia every year. Meanwhile, in other countries public organizations have been quite effective in checking the manifestations of Nazism. The US-founded Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an example. Other such organizations are the Night Watch in Estonia, and the Russia-founded Peace without Nazism, which brings together antifascist organizations from 30 countries. Here’s more from Maxim Reva.

“Peace without Nazism, Maxim Reva says, has managed to break the problem-related impasse, and the problem of Nazi gatherings in Estonia and Latvia is now taken up by the US State Department and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Now politicians from Latvia and Estonia have to answer some uncomfortable questions. But although on the outside, government support for the Sinimiae SS rallies has decreased, unofficial support for the former SS-veterans is growing stronger, and so is the pressure that the authorities bring to bear on antifascists.”
Yet another evidence of this is today’s detention of the Chairman of the Antifascist Union of Finland, Johan Bäckman, at the Tallinn seaport and his deportation to Finland. Today, 66 years after the defeat of Nazism in the Second World War, the world should obviously get united in an antifascist coalition to fight Nazism. It is evident that the glorification of Nazism results in tragedies and more extremist, nationalist and xenophobic crimes. Fighting Nazism effectively clearly calls for preemptive action.