Did Polish presenter Ida Nowakowska give a Nazi salute to Ukraine at Eurovision 2022?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Polish Presenter Gave Nazi Salute To Ukraine @ Eurovision!
People are sharing a video clip or screenshots that appears to show Polish presenter Ida Nowakowska giving a Nazi salute after announcing that Ukraine won 12 points from Poland!
The video clip is being shared on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram with messages like this :
Truth : Polish Presenter Did NOT Give Nazi Salute To Ukraine @ Eurovision!
The truth is – this is yet more FAKE NEWS created by Russia or pro-Russia netizens, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Invasion Of Poland Started World War 2
First, let me point out that it was the invasion of Poland by both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union on 1 September 1939 that started World War 2.
Approximately 6 million Polish citizens – over 20% of its population – died during the occupation by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, including 3 million Jews.
So it would be ridiculous for a Polish presenter to give a Nazi salute.
If she really did so, you can be assured that it would have been extensively covered in the world’s media.
You won’t see anyone mention this because it never happened.
Fact #2 : Ida Nowakowska Was Giving A Victory Sign
The screenshots that appear to show Ida Nowakowska giving the Nazi Seig Heil salute were intentionally chosen to mislead you.
If you watch the video clip, you will see that she was really giving a victory sign, while saying, Slava Ukraini!
This is no different from what countless people do when celebrating a victory, like Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Conclusion – Nowakowska was giving a victory salute to Ukraine, not a Nazi salute.
Fact #3 : There Are Neo-Nazis All Over The World
The truth is – many countries have neo-Nazis. That includes Ukraine. However, what is untrue are the claims that Ukraine is full of Nazis. Very few people in Ukraine are Nazis, or neo-Nazis.
It is true that some Ukrainian football fans unfurled a Nazi flag and did the Sieg Heil salute in Kiev during Euro 2012. However, they were a small but highly-visible minority.
Ukraine has a neo-Nazi political party called Svoboda, but it only garnered 2.15% of the popular vote in the 2019 election results.
Even the neo-Nazi Azov battalion was small, even after it was absorbed into the Ukrainian National Guard and expanded into a regiment. Only 10% to 20% of its members identify themselves as Nazis.
Not even Russia, which suffered greatly in World War 2, is spared from neo-Nazi influence. On 12 April 2022, Artem Severiukhin – a 15-year old Russian karting champion gave a Nazi salute at the European Championship in Portugal.
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