Jean-Claude Juncker will give a speech at the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the father of the communist ideology. What will Juncker say about the father of one of the most criminal ideologies in the history of humanity?
On May 5th, Jean-Claude Juncker will visit Trier – the oldest German city founded in Antiquity by the Romans. The President of the European Commission will get the chance to admire there the oldest bridge in Germany, also built by the Romans, imperial baths, the Basilica of Constantine with its largest preserved hall from the Roman Empire or St. Peter’s Cathedral, the oldest in Germany bishops church, medieval market, or rococo Palace of the Princes-Electors.
In Trier, there is almost everything that epitomises the magnificence of Europe and symbolises its history. For example, the former basilica with the largest Roman chamber hall that today is an evangelical church.
We don’t know the exact plan of the President’s stay. Probably there isn’t enough time to see all those places, but we know which one he’ll visit for sure. It’ll be the tenement house in Brückenstraße 10 where Karl Marx was born 200 years ago which now houses his museum. It is the celebration of his birth that’s the reason behind Juncker’s visit to the ancient city of Trevisium.
Jean-Claude Juncker will give a speech at the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the father of the communist ideology. The city itself has been preparing for the celebration for some time. Even the lamps in the traffic lights at pedestrian crossings have the shape of a bust of the famous bearded man. A special banknote was also released on the occasion of the jubilee of his birth. Probably without the intended irony, but it came out as everything always in communism comes out: a banknote with face value 0 costs 3 euros.
As Andrea Mina, the Commission’s spokeswoman, explains “Whatever the views of people about Karl Marx, he is a person who shaped history in one way or another and not mentioning him would mean denying history.”
This is quite an apt observation, but it should be noted that he is not the only person who shaped history in one way or another and I’m anxious to think about whom else this could also be said.
And just as everything in Trier is symbolic, this visit too has a symbolic dimension. From the point of view of Poland, which has experienced this shaping of history itself, Juncker’s sentimental journey shows what the Union is and how far it has departed from the teachings and values of Robert Schumann and how slowly the Italian communist founder, Altiero Spinelli himself, emerges as its sole founder. And now Karl Marx.
What will Juncker say about the father of one of the most criminal ideologies in the history of humanity? Will he mention the millions of victims? How will he answer when asked about the purpose and meaning of this visit by someone from Central European countries who only so recently emerged free from the yoke of the mad Marxist utopia? Or maybe he will consider the two-speed Europe, and those unfortunate, unsuccessful nations of Central and Eastern Europe, who nowadays cannot build democracy, just as they could never build socialism. This would be a thought close to Marx, who like Engels divided nations into progressive better ones and worse ones, which as they were called in his New Rhenish Newspaper were racial wastes and which could be best lost.
Probably in Poland, laden with the legacy of communism, we will not understand how deep the sense of this visit is. One could say that the flaw of communism does not allow Poland, Hungary or the Czech Republic to understand the greatness of Marx’s thoughts. And it doesn’t matter that he was wrong in practically all of his prophecies and there isn’t a single example of his ideology bringing the happiness foretold to humanity.
Enough irony. This visit is simply offensive to all those who suffered enslaved by criminal Marxist ideology. It shows the contempt in which the Eurocrats hold countries of Central Europe, condescendingly called post-communist. If they are such, it is after all precisely because Marxism was forced upon them.
There is one country that isn’t reminded of this past. It’s Germany, which is in part post-communist. It was in the Marxist East Germany that Chancellor Angela Merkel was born and raised.
Juncker’s visit is also a symbol of pride. States built on the basis of Marxism invariably fell into the trap of totalitarianism, thus making their citizens suffer on an unimaginable scale. Politicians of the contemporary left, however, still explain that the ideas were right, they were only introduced improperly. EU politicians believe that they will do it better. And they won’t be discouraged by the memory of 100 million victims and examples from countries from all continents and all cultures. So they draw us in – the inhabitants of the centre of Europe – into the same hell which we so recently left after a multitude of sacrifices.
Author: Dariusz Matuszak