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Remembrance
Against War

A broad coalition rethinking how Second World War is remembered in Europe

Lift the ban on the Ukrainian flag!

We, the members of the civil society coalition “Remembrance Against War”, protest against the ban of the Ukrainian flag, which is included in the order of the Berlin police of 4 May 2022 for the commemoration days of 8 and 9 May and which affects the events on this occasion and fifteen public city areas.

On the 24th of February 2022, Russia has begun a full-scale war with Ukraine. The Second World War is instrumentalized by various actors that play a crucial role in this invasion. While Russia is trying to create a linkage between the “Great Patriotic War” and the assault on Ukraine by calling its actions “denazification”, German politicians keep speaking about the “historical accountability” of Germany towards Russia, which prevented them from giving full support to Ukraine. We want to remind that Ukraine suffered in the Second World War no less than Russia and needs unapologetical support.

The 9th of May, recognized as the end of the Second World War in Russia, is one of the most important days for Putin supporters both in Russia and globally. Russian propaganda will be particularly active on this day, as will self-organized right-wing groups that already did several car rides across Berlin. That is why we, representatives of Eastern European NGOs, experts on the region and anti-war activists, have decided to create this coalition.

This website includes our manifesto/call for action, a list of anti-war events on the 8th and 9th of May, as well as a collection of resources for getting acquainted with the topic.

Image: Bohdan Khmelnitsky monument at Sofievskaya square at day of liberation of Kyiv. Ukraine, 13 november 1943 / Archiv Arthur Bondar