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70 Years. The Marble of Lieutenants

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( my traditional June 22nd   article)


"And   the marble of   lieutenants,

The plywood monument'


B. Slutzky (in translation)




In a very good   WWII novel   "The Young Lions' by Irvin Shaw there is a scene when Noah Akerman spends   his first night with   his future wife Hope. That takes place     on the June 22nd.   They listen to the radio after making   love    and   hear   about the German invasion of Russia. Then Hope says, "I will remember this day, June 22nd     forever."


I first read that book in Russian translation.   I remember feeling    a   profound   disbelief and disgust when   I read that episode.   How could a person   associate     that day with something   joyful, something positive. On that day my dad was    bombed in a children's camp. On that day thousands     died   and that was only   a   start of the   slaughter. That day did not live in     infamy.   It lived in horror.


Now, after 70 years had passed   since that day, in another country and   watching the bombing of   Libya I   understand Hope   better.   Horrors are a part of life anyway; joys of true love are rare. Her own world was     complete   at that moment and although Noah Akerman   eventually was sucked into   the mangle   of war,   that very day   would be the only   shining beacon in her life further on. Somebody    must   remember something good about every day.


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