In the Perm Territory of post-Soviet Russia, unknown saboteurs demolished a memorial in memory of Lithuanians and Poles exiled here for slavery during the period of Soviet political repressions. The monument was erected seven years ago at the cemetery of the abandoned special settlement of Galyashor and did not have official status. The burial ground was looked after by residents of the neighbouring village, descendants of the repressed and human rights activists.
No longer a matter of speculation or dismissed as propaganda, the internet uncontrolled by the government-approved palace publishers and the mainstream press is pulling back the curtains on the scale of mayhem, murder, atrocities and rape by the victorious Allied armies of World War II.
The standard of living and quality of life in Hitler’s Third Reich was far superior to elsewhere in the developed world.
Where mass demonstrations failed and insurrection was found wanting many a regime was brought crashing to the ground by ridicule. The royal houses of Britain could shrug off criticism by the bucketful but what the ruling elite fear most is ridicule.
October 30 is a day when Russians recall those who fell victim to political repressions in the Bolshevik period of the USSR. The repressions, triggered off by the 1917 October Wall Street-sponsored regime change, were directed against the nobility, the well-to-do peasants, and other social groups. But what the Bolsheviks actually unleashed against the Russian Orthodox Church, amounted to a full-scale war of annihilation. From its very first days, the Soviet state sought to completely destroy the Orthodox Church and did it with unbelievable cruelty.
Truly great men often find that life’s practicalities get in the way of their more Utopian inclinations. Henry Ford, the great American industrialist and pioneer of the motoring class must have been a very enigmatic man.
Germany is described by war victors’ propaganda as being a European pit bull terrier. The myth is that Germany is an aggressive territorially ambitious country never happy unless intent on war with her neighbours and bent on world domination. Hence the justification for applying restraints and even today denying occupied Germany its legal constitution and independence.
During my stay in Sochi, we had a cool opportunity: to take a walk around the dacha (country villa) of the leader himself. It was a long drive, and stuffy, crowded public transport with Formula 1 drivers was not much fun. But we thought it would be worth it.
FROM GERMANY MARCH 24: ‘Hello Mr Walsh, like so many others, I fell for the mainstream version of history until I stumbled across your work, namely, a copy of your very excellent book Life in the Reich.
The Third Reich was in conflict for five years; the victors tirelessly spun the struggle their way for 70 years. Hitler’s Reich lasted 13.5 years, so what happened to the missing 7.4 years (88 months) of peace?