"Memory book..." discussed at a round table

6 August 2013 16:41
SIMFEROPOL (QHA) - A round table dedicated to the controversial book of Vladimir and Maria Shirshovs called “Memory book of Eastern Crimea. Asked to remember” took place. The participants expressed their views about the book appealing directly to the authors. A historian Vladimir Polyakov was among the participants. In particular, Polyakov argued content of a chapter ‘The Crimean Tatar issue’. “In this chapter there is no single reference. We don’t know where the figures and facts are taken from”, said Polyakov. He also noted that facts discussed in the chapter have not been proven by any literature sources. Polyakov called on historians be guided by only proven historical facts, when writing books. “Let’s stop lying that collaborationist battalions were Crimean Tatars- they were international. I understand that some politicians want to manipulate public opinion, but we are historians and ethnographers, let’s stick to the proven facts only”, concluded Polyakov. As reported earlier, a book called “Memory book of Eastern Crimea “Asked to remember” that justifies deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from Crimea in 1944 was published in Kirovskiy district of Crimea on the funds from the district budget. According to its authors, Vladimir and Maria Shirshovs, the book should attain the status of a textbook. With that purpose, the book was disseminated in schools and libraries of Kirovskiy district.