May 9, 61'st anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet People over the Hitlerite murderers in The Great Patriotic War.
This event always had special meaning to me...the Russians winning the war against the Nazi Armies of Hitler. It usually brings out tears when I see the famous photographs from the war by Baltermans and others; the destroyed villages, the crying mothers, the Red Army soldiers riding on their T-34's, the happy soldiers dancing in the streets of Berlin after the battle.
To me it's a vision of great heroism, and when I see these images I see a nation of humble people; peasants, mothers, factory workers, confronting an army of satanic mechanized robots led by a gang of arrogant elitist criminals. This Army comes not as invaders but as colonizers who aim to exterminate and destroy what they see as inferior sub-humans, in order to secure their own survival and expansion as a race and people.
Of course the Soviet propaganda of what was officially the worker's and peasant's paradise helped a lot to create the heroic image, and the term The Great Patriotic War appeared in the newspaper Pravda the day after The Nazi invasion. But the term did not represent the usual bombastic rhetoric of Communism, rather it signaled a call for a patriotism similar to that which had stopped Napoleon from conquering Russia in 1812, a patriotism coming from a deep love in the Russian people for Russia itself (as compared to an increasing lack of enthusiasm for the Soviet State) Now that the fields and villages were being burned, the ancient towns bombed and the people machine gunned on sight, it was time to fight, but not for uncle Joe; for Mother Russia.
For many years after WWII ended, the cold war blurred the events on both sides of the iron curtain. The Soviets never mentioned how important it had been to receive hundred and thousands of trucks, tanks, airplanes and other vital materials from the USA through the Lend Lease Act, and post war Hollywood kept churning out blockbuster movies about the African, Italian, Pacific and Normandy campaigns, but conveniently stayed quiet about the fact that some of the largest land battles in recorded history were fought in Russia during WWII, resulting in over 20.000.000 civilian and military deaths.
Well, the ranks grow thinner every year at the annual parades of Russian veterans with chests full of medals, and soon these events will just be words in the history books, ready for revision to fit the changing political climates of the World.
LONG LIVE THE GREAT VICTORY!
LONG LIVE THE BRAVE RUSSIAN PEOPLE!
Not my people
Not my war