| The visit of Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center is destined to leave
some polemics behind itself after some controversial declaration
he made to the press.
According to Zurhoff, in fact, the current discussion for
bringing Soviet crimes to the same level as Nazi ones is
a mistake: “I find these attempts of equalizing quite unpleasant
because, as historian I can easily understand that we are
talking about two really different things” he said remarking
that while the crimes committed by the Nazis can be considered
a real genocide, the Communist ones cannot.
“Communists harassed people from different
nationalities – and, let me be clear, by saying this I seriously
do not want to diminish the suffering caused to all these
people. It is true that aslo Jews have been heavily hit by
Communism, however, I think that equalizing the crimes of
the two regimes would mean altering history,” Zuroff said.
Zuroff added also that the Wiesenthal
Center reproach Estonian authorities for not doing all they
can for bringing to justice alleged Nazi criminals.