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In Memoriam of the Warrior-Brother Fallen

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To my son

Farewell of the Slavic Woman



This is my traditional article.


Here we are between the May 1st  and May 9th  Holidays. Both are not celebrated in the US. May 1st   originated even on the Haymarket Square in Chicago. There is a monument there; Obama, a Chicagoan  should  know about that. In Russia, in my childhood we  studied the history of the May 1st Holiday, the International Day of the Workers’ Solidarity very thoroughly. We were told  to  memorize the names of all those workers who were shot there. I still remember one of those names-Albert Scanlon.  In Russia that was a spring holiday- people  marched  down  main streets with  flowers, there was a lot of laughter, rather a rare thing in Russia.  I loved that Holiday.  Our paranoid- delusional Congress in 1958 denounced it as a  ‘Commie day’ and  moved the Holiday to the labor day in September. What a  remnant  of  McCarthyism!


 And in about a week after that there is  a  ‘Holiday  With Tears’- the sacred  Victory Day,  May 9th, the day  commemorating the end of the most bloody carnage in history, the day for which 27 million Russians paid by their lives, three generations of  young people  went to eternity and  the whole world was saved. The world was saved. Now it doesn't want to  acknowledge that.

May 9th  is not celebrated anywhere but  in Russia. No  congratulations, no telegrams, no commemorations. There are Holocaust museums throughout the world  with  names of  the victims where children are brought in to ‘adopt’ a name  of the dead person and ‘go through the process’ (as if that bizarre necrophilia could  make them feel anything but fear and disgust). Why aren’t there  any  WWII museums with the names of all those 27 million Russian citizens (including   Jews, Roma and  Communists who were so viciously exterminated) so that a visiting person could adopt a warrior for an hour, say?  I wouldn't mind if  there were names  of all  those who fought  and died for freedom from Jean Mouline to  General Patton,  from  Joseph Bros Tito to   Janush  Korchack (Henrik Goldshmidt). Why not?  We have to pay  tribute to those people, all of them as Russian poet Alexander Tvardovsky said, ‘I know there is no fault of mine that others  did not come home from war. But still, but still, but still,,,’ Come to think of it- why  won’t in the Russian Halls of that Memorial   the Tvardovsky’s verses be recited; his immortal  ‘On The Day  When The War Ended’ and ‘ I Was Killed At Rzhev?’ Maybe American schoolchildren should hear those poems; they would understand the sense  without   knowing the language.  Passion speaks volumes.


There are literally thousands   of volumes written by the Western historians about the WWII as well as numerous movies and most of them are pure garbage. That is because there is one taboo, the   elephant in the room  those historians as if in solidarity pretend not to notice- starting from June 22, 1941 when Germany attacked Russia  the war became a Crusade. Yes, those 4mln soldiers  who attacked Russia on that fateful day were Crusaders; only instead of  the Crosses on their backs they had ‘Gott Mitt  Unst’ (God is with us) on their uniform belts. Like the actual truly first Crusade in  the Y1209 in the South of France against Albigeyseans,  this one was the Crusade against  fellow- Christians, just because they (Russians) decided to have a different way of life, different interpretation on what was  happiness, duty, joy, satisfaction, faith, love. That’s why in the Nazi Germany they proclaimed, ‘If Jesus had resurrected now He would be  the follower of the Fuhrer’- and  no Pope excommunicated them, no Lutheran priest cursed them in the US or in  England.  As in 1209 the Prophets of the Crusade proclaimed  indiscriminant  killings on the ‘ Eastern Territories’ as a ‘joyful duty’; they  literally unleashed the worst in the people  and proclaimed it to be the best.  The similar thing we can refer to  when we talk about Spanish colonization of America and US whites exterminating Indians.  Every century has its Medieval Times, said  Kazimeszh  Brandyce, and it was the  Medieval Crusade crossing the Russian borders on that fateful night when  all the children in the children’s camp where my father  was were killed by a bomb. All but three.


Oh, but weren’t they atheists?  Those Commies in Russia, all 200mln of them, they all were Godless, right? They  denied God, they destroyed the churches, they made them into museums and used the treasures to develop steel mills.  Even Jews there were atheists, so they had succumbed to evil and  in sorts- deserved  their fate. That’s what I hear   from many. Covertly, inadvertently, through malicious whisper I hear that. And here's my answer- go, f&ck yourself, morons.


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The writer is 66 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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