To my son
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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