A Curious Inclusion

by Andrew Stuttaford

Daniel Hannan takes a close look at a poster apparently produced by an organization called Europe4All and on display in the EU commission. The poster is of an EU star, containing within it various religious and quasi-religious symbols. It’s captioned “we can all share the same star”. Click on the link and take a look and see if you notice what Mr. Hannan saw.


Alongside the symbols of Christianity, Judaism, Jainism and so on is one of the wickedest emblems our species has conceived: the hammer and sickle. For three generations, the badge of the Soviet revolution meant poverty, slavery, torture and death. It adorned the caps of the chekas who came in the night. It opened and closed the propaganda films which hid the famines. It advertised the people’s courts where victims of purges and show-trials were condemned. It fluttered over the re-education camps and the gulags. For hundreds of millions of Europeans, it was a symbol of foreign occupation….

Yet here it sits on a poster in the European Commission, advertising the moral deafness of its author (I hope that’s what it is, rather than lingering nostalgia). The Bolshevist sigil celebrates the ideology which, in strict numerical terms, must be reckoned the most murderous ever devised by our species. That it can be passed unremarked day after day in the corridors of Brussels is nauseating.

If such a poster had included a swastika it would (rightly) have been disowned and torn down, but the emblem of another cult responsible for the death of tens of millions of Europeans (not to speak of communism’s tens of millions of victims elsewhere) is, it seems, just fine and dandy.

A small thing in some ways, a poster, but telling. And, as Mr. Hannan notes, nauseating.

We’ve heard a lot recently from some in the Polish and Baltic leaderships about the advantages of closer European integration, and it’s not hard to understand the historical reasons for that. They need to remember, however, that not all those now building a Greater Europe read history in quite the same way as they do.

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