The museum at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland is at the centre of controversy. Curators have delayed the reopening of the museum’s Russian exhibition amid debate over whether former prisoners from the likes of Poland can be described as Soviet. Moscow has criticised the delay. After the signing of a 1939 non-aggression pact between Germany and the Soviet Union, the Baltic states and parts of Poland and Romania fell under control of the USSR.
The Russian exhibition is dedicated to the role of Soviet troops in liberating the camp in 1945. A museum spokesman said he was confident a solution can be found, but descriptions must be in accordance with what he calls “the historical truth”.
Moscow says “the memory of the victims should not be held hostage” by what it calls “historical-political speculation”.