Prague / Warsaw, 23 October 2017. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience has prepared a critical report on the House of European History, a project of the European Parliament in Brussels inaugurated earlier this year. Based on grave shortcomings, a clear ideological bias towards Marxism and historical misinterpretations, especially regarding European values and the history of the Cold War, the Platform calls for the exhibition to be replaced by an objective and professional one, prepared in a transparent way.
Reacting to initial concerned reactions of visitors to the House of European History which opened in May 2017 in Brussels, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience conducted a study visit to the museum in August 2017. A team of professionals active in the field of history and remembrance from 9 countries compiled a report edited by Paweł Ukielski, member of the Executive Board of the Platform and Deputy Director of the Warsaw Rising Museum.
According to the Platform, the permanent exhibition in the House of European History does not uphold and celebrate today’s Europe and the European unification process as a victory of European values – freedom, democracy, protection of human rights and the rule of law – over non-freedom, war and totalitarian dictatorships, but is rather an ideological, neo-Marxist exhibition which grossly misrepresents particularly the history of the Cold War and the fall of Communism.
“It is really embarrassing that an exhibition with such a neo-Marxist message has been opened in the very heart of democratic, free Europe in the year of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik coup d’état in Russia. It is offensive for the dozens of millions of people who lost their lives due to the inhuman totalitarian regime,” says editor of the Report Paweł Ukielski.
“Walking through the exhibition in the House of European History I felt thrown back into my history classes in the 1970s-1980s, growing up in Communist Czechoslovakia. It was depressing and disturbing. The European Union of today must be capable of creating a modern, truthful and inspiring museum of its own history,” says Platform Managing Director Neela Winkelmann.