Odessa, monument to city founder, Russian empress Katherine the Great. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more in BLACK SEA GAMBIT
April 10th is widely celebrated in Odessa as “Den’ Osvobozhdenia” – “the Day of Liberation.” In reality May 9 (Victory Day) is more widely celebrated. But at one point, after Ukraine separated from Russia and began its slide towards rabid Russophobia and fascism, holidays such as February 23 (Soviet Army Day) and April 10 became the defiance outlets of sorts, gathering huge crowds in the absence of any other legal means of protest.
On April 10, 1944, Soviet Army liberated Odessa from the Romanian-German Nazi occupation lasting 30 months. Before that, the city endured an excruciating battle and long blockade perpetrated by 11 joint Romanian and German divisions. Only 4 Soviet divisions, consisting mainly of marines, sailors and volunteers, many of them poorly trained and hardly armed, managed to withstand the aggressors’ attacks for months. After the city surrendered and the Romanian occupation began, thousands of guerrillas continued resistance, using the catacombs labyrinth as their shelter.
The famous Odessa catacombs run under the entire city. The reason Romanian army was so active in Odessa was simple – greed. Hitler promised Odessa together with entire Odessa Oblast, as well as other Black Sea territories, as the grand prize to Romania, in exchange for participating in the attack on the USSR.
Today Romania still licks its lips at Odessa, Pridnestrovie and Moldova. I actually can’t stop being amazed at the ungratefulness of Romanians. If not for Russia, Romania, formed only in 19th century, would not exist. Read the whole story in ESR8: BLACK SEA GAMBIT.
Odessans are blessed with very good memory. As they say in Russia (I mean Russia in a broad sense, including Odessa, of course): ‘No one’s forgotten and nothing is forgotten.’
FLASHBACK: THIS WAS ODESSA ONLY 3 SHORT YEARS AGO!
The video below is from April 10, 2014, 70th Anniversary of Liberation. Let’s recall that the Kiev coup already took place (February 2014) and Kiev junta, supported and enabled by the West, was already established in Ukraine. On March 16, 2014 the Crimean referendum took place where people voted to become a part of Russia. Donbass was preparing for its own referendum. Odessa itself had a permanent peaceful protest tent city on Kulikovo Polie, with vast majority of Odessans supporting federalization or secession. The May 2 Kulikovo Polie Massacre didn’t happen yet – it would scar Odessa forever.
Note the enormous sea of people of all ages at the April 10, 2014 march. This was already during Kiev junta, but at the time the REAL Odesssans still felt at home in their beloved city. Ukro-nazis would swarm in later, making Odessans prisoners in their own backyard.
Also notice the kinds of flags carried by the marchers: Soviet flags, WWII Red Victory Banners, three types of Russian flags (incl. Official Russian Tricolor, Georgievsky Flags, and old-style black-gold-white flags), Russian and Soviet Navy flags, and Odessa flags with crest (red-white-yellow with anchor). Not a single blue and yellow Ukrainian flag! People chant: ‘Fascism won’t pass’ “Odessa Hero City’ ‘Out of Odessa, Bandera devils’ and Donbass, we are with you.’ And note the giant Russian flag at 4:50.
This video, which is very hard to ignore, tells us a very eloquent truth of how the people of Odessa really feel about Russia, Ukraine and their place in this world.
At the time, Odessans and many others all over Ukraine still hoped that peaceful protests could lead to change, and that ukro-nazi junta supported from abroad could be reasoned with. Only 20 odd days later the unarmed peaceful protesters at the Kulikovo Polie tent city would be ambushed by hordes of ukro-nazi militants. Thousands of well-trained and armed with bats and molotov cocktails militants would arrive from central and western Ukraine. The attackers would burn dozens of people alive inside the historic House of the Unions on Kulikovo Polie. Those who tried to escape would be killed on the spot. Many innocent bystanders would be burned and killed together with protesters.
The supposed investigation into the crimes committed on May 2, 2014 never revealed any true facts, nor anyone was placed under arrest, despite many witness testimonies, videos and photos of perpetrators. Independent investigations have established that the commander of the ukro-nazi attackers was Andriy Parubiy, current Speaker of the Ukraine Rada (parliament). And the West, as always, looks the other way.
For full details of the May 2 tragedy and more, see my May 2, 2016 Odessa Report: Under Foreign and Nazi Occupation.
Also, for telling contemporary realities, intel, analysis and predictions for Odessa, Moldova, Pridnestrovie and northern Black Sea, read EARTH SHIFT REPORT 8: BLACK SEA GAMBIT.
Also see my 2013 articles with lots of Odessa pics (these are pre-Kiev junta, it’s all positive and nice, but you’ll see that I’ve already had a premonition of things to come):
After May 2 massacre Odessa was in shock, but this city is nothing if not resilient. Despite terror, Odessans continued coming out to have their voices heard.
This is Odessa on April 10, 2017. Many people are scared, but some still come to the sacred spot, the Eternal Flame at the Alley of Slava (translated more or less as Glory). On the video below, I’d like you to notice a few things:
1. How nice the Alley is. I remember it as a beautiful spot, with a wonderful panoramic view of the Black Sea and surrounded by an old, peaceful park.
2. Most people are older because it’s very dangerous for those who are young and working to show their faces at such event.
3. People sing Russian songs, such as Katyusha and Sacred War. They chant: ‘Out of Odessa, Bandera devils,’ ‘Odessa – the Hero City,’ “Donbass we are with you,’ ‘Fascism won’t pass.’ But they are forbidden from carrying any symbols, such as Victory Banner or Georgievskaya Lenta.
4. There are paid ukro-nazi militants acting as provocateurs all over the place. Their goal is to start fights, to provoke people and police. Police, thankfully, has been acting professionally and several ukro-nazis were detained.
5. At one point an ukro-nazi provocateur who’s sticking his camera into people’s faces asks repeatedly, ‘Who does Crimea belong to?’ People try to ignore him, but he won’t leave. Finally one brave woman says, ‘To Russia, of course.’
At one point during the event (not on this video) ukro-nazis were chanting, “Bandera will come and restore order,” and “Kill the Russians.” (Stepan Bandera: Hitler collaborator, ukro-nazi ideologist, who’s dead since 1940s.) In other words, these are just your regular fascist terrorists supported, as usual, by Western governments.
6. Tensions are at all time highs. The explosion is coming. If anyone for a moment thought that Ukraine could survive indefinitely as one state ruled by oligarch, ukro-nazi and foreign interests, think again. It won’t happen – it’s only a matter of time.
7. Also notice the marked difference: Odessans are dressed colorfully, while ukro-nazis are all dressed in black (sometimes, black and red).
Video: Odessa, April 10, 2017
8. Last but not least, notice that ukro-nazis are EXCLUSIVELY very young people. Remember this detail, it is very important and symptomatic of what is happening around the world! I’ll explain what this means in one of the future webinars!
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In case you were planning a trip to Moscow, I thought you all might enjoy this fun piece about the Kremlin. We have talked lately about UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Palmyra (Syria) and Odessa. The Moscow Kremlin is another one.
Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is presently closed for tourists due to Victory Day – May 9, 2016 parade preparations. Since last year, a part of the Kremlin has been under massive renovations after the decision to demolish the so-called Building No. 14, which used to house presidential administration and which, according to specialists, didn’t represent any historic of architectural value. It was built in 1930’s, replacing the Small Nikolayevsky Palace, damaged during the revolution and demolished in 1929. The palace once served as Moscow residence for Emperor Nikolay II and his family.
The demolition of Building No. 14 opened up a boon for excited archeologists. The well-preserved foundation of the Nikolayevsky Palace was found underneath the structure. Historians and researchers were allowed access to its mysteries for the first time ever. Underneath that, archeologists discovered foundations of another dozen or so ancient buildings, as well as artefacts and relics dating back to 12th century Moscow.
Gold-domed medieval Kremlin cathedral
The new gardens now bloom in place of the huge building; previously blocked, a gorgeous view on the unique Kremlin cathedrals has opened up. Moreover, the new Kremlin tourist route has been opened, previously inaccessible due to presidential security. Tourists can now exit the Kremlin through its most famous and grandest Spasskaya Tower.
The Kremlin reopens after Victory Day celebrations, on May 10.
Watch the video below, with the new look of the grandest Moscow landmark. At the end of video, you’ll see the new tourist route, which, as usual, starts by Alexander Gardens, through Kutafia Tower. But you can now exit through Spasskaya Tower, allowing direct entrance onto Red Square, right by St. Basil’s Cathedral. Spasskaya Tower exit was previously open only for state visits and officials. I’ll tell you, considering the enormous distances you need to cover around the Kremlin, your feet will thank you dearly for this shortcut; and your eyes, for the luxurious view of Red Square! 🙂
St. Basil’s, Red Square
Towards the end of video, notice the glass enclosures. These are entrances to Kremlin’s underground archeological digs. What new mysteries does this place hold? Many more, for sure…
Cherry on the cake: thought I’d include a video showcasing the legendary Kremlin Presidential Regiment. The Presidential Regiment is celebrating its 80th birthday. The role of this elite regiment is to guard President and Kremlin, as well as to perform Kremlin ceremonial duties. Chosen for their looks, its members are much more than just pretty faces. During the 1941 battle for Moscow, the entire Kremlin Regiment went into battle straight after the parade.
The Kremlin Presidential Regiment today. Some are chosen for looks, others, for their way with horses. Do check out the only woman serving in the Presidential Regiment.
#Moscow #Russia #Victoryday #immortalregiment
Happy Victory Day (May 9)!
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Last week Russia proposed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a fair investigation of the May 2, 2014 Odessa massacre. The resolution was rejected by Security Council’s permanent members: US, UK and France.
Read this report in conjunction with:
my latest and very timely
Earth Shift Report 8: BLACK SEA GAMBIT,
dedicated primarily to the explosive Odessa and Black Sea events and conspiracies!
Odessa’s Cold Spring 2016 Report!
Odessa under occupation; thousands of ukro-nazis descend on the city; tensions peak between May 2 & May 9 anniversaries.
May 1, 2016: some of the flyers, posted around the city by the resistance in the run-up to May 2 anniversary.
Flyer 1 translation: Map of Ukraine – sign over western/central Ukraine/Kiev – SOLD; sign over eastern Ukraine – LOST (a more direct translation ‘SCREWED OVER’); sign over where Crimea used to be as part of Ukraine – LOST (‘SCREWED OVER’); sign over southern Ukraine/ Black Sea coast (Odessa, Nikolaev, Kherson): SOON TO BE LOST.
Flyer 2 translation: There is no third alternative: either free and sovereign Novorossia, or slavery and suppression under junta. Choose one!
Flyer 3 translation: On top (flag of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic) with words: ‘This is the flag of my country, under which it was built and prospered.’ At the bottom, blue-yellow flag of today’s Ukraine with words: ‘This is the flag of separatists under which the country was destroyed, sold out, became a laughing stock, and under which people are killed.’
Today, May 2, 2016, #Odessa marks the anniversary of the #Kulikovo Polye massacre.
This spring is especially hard for Odessa. The provocations had begun on April 10, 2016, the day of ‘Odessa’s liberation from German Nazi and Romanian occupation.’
After Crimea and DNR/LNR, Odessa is the biggest symbol of resistance against the Kiev junta and fascism. The goal of the junta and their foreign handlers is to break the spirit of the city that had never surrendered. As I revealed in ESR8: BLACK SEA GAMBIT, Odessa is the most valuable asset left in Ukraine’s possession. It consists of seven major ports and it hugs the entire northwestern shore of Black Sea. Kiev junta and its Transatlantic handlers are attempting to mold Odessa into being the ultimate anti-Russian sea fortress, especially in case they lose the rest of Ukraine. For this reason the ousted Georgian president and US agent, Saakashvili, was illegally installed as governor. For this reason they also want to bend the will of the majority of Odessans, who never agreed with foreign occupation.
This is why on May 2, 2014 they orchestrated a massacre, when 48 people were burned alive or killed on Kulikovo Polye. This is the number officially admitted by Kiev. By accounts of researchers, the actual number of victims was over 100, by others, over 200.
Kiev, ukro-nazis and Saakashvili have been determined to sabotage today’s 2nd anniversary of the Kulikovo massacre. The city is being turned into a huge concentration camp.
My Odessa intel says that since April eight thousand ukro-nazis from western Ukraine descended on Odessa. They were settled in various budget resorts near Odessa, rented whole to house those who would serve as provocateurs during May 2 and May 9 memorial dates.
Meanwhile Saakashvili called for national guard. Ukrainian national guard was formed in 2014 after it became clear that most of the army and police were refusing to fire at peaceful protesters and were not hot on attacking Donbass. Minister of interior Avakov admitted that every third national guard member was a criminal and/or a jail-bird, many with murder convictions. Those who aren’t convicted felons, are ukro-nazis from western or central Ukraine.
At the same time, at least 500 ukro-nazis from ‘azov’ battalion were moved from Mariupol to Odessa. The vast majority of ‘azov’ members hide behind face masks, fearing recognition and future responsibility for their actions. Azov is well-known for its role in the bombings of Donbass, looting and massacres of peaceful civilians.
This spring, tensions in Odessa and around Odessa Oblast are the highest since 2014. The impression is that junta, ukro-nazis and foreign invaders are testing how far the patience of the people will go and when it will snap. Are they looking for an excuse to formally militarize the city, turning it into a giant concentration camp?
Earlier, western Ukraine ukro-nazis announced that they would be celebrating birthday of the Bandera ukro-nazi SS division Galichina, in Odessa on April 28. The division formed in western Ukraine, was part of the German fascist SS troops responsible for mass killings in Ukraine and Poland. According to the Nuremberg Tribunal, this division, its symbolism and ideology is banned and must be prosecuted. However, in today’s Ukraine it is celebrated and its marches are openly welcomed. Not a word of condemnation has ever been said by sponsors and bosses of Ukraine junta, USA, Poland, Canada and EU. The impression is that they support Nazism and the resurrection of SS.
SS division Galichina never had anything to do with Odessa, the decidedly anti-fascist city. The pre-announced SS Galichina’s march in Odessa caused a wide-spread international indignation. As a result, Kiev was forced to ban it. Instead, the march took place in Lvov, the birthplace of SS Galichina.
SBU (Ukraine security/intelligence services) issued warrants for all leaders of Odessa’s Kulikovo Polye movement for today, May 2. Instead of being on Kulikovo Polye on the day of protests, these people had to show up for an interrogation. By doing so, SBU hoped to stop today’s event.
The Kulikovo Polye movement is grass-roots organization that was born after May 2 massacre to remember the victims and to demand fair investigation and punishment of perpetrators. To this day NONE of those responsible was brought to justice or charged. However, Odessa jails are full of those who were the Kulikovo victims and who, by sheer accident, survived. They were arrested, instead of being given medical help. Dozens have been held for 2 years without trial. There are truly horrific stories of brutal conditions, torture and no medical help.
At the same time, ukro-nazis have been threatening activists and simple people with bodily harm should they dare show up today. However, as you’ll see below, it didn’t work. By estimates, over 5 thousands people still showed up to lay flowers and protest fascism. But it’s a far cry from the 2015 numbers, when over 40,000 people showed up.
Here’s why. Authorities surrounded Kulikovo Polye with armored vehicles and heavy-duty weapons, preventing anyone from entering the square. Thousands of people are trying to get through to lay flowers, but they are forced to crowd in a tiny patch of land at the entrance to the square.
Upcoming Victory Day on May 9 is also expected to be turbulent. First of, Ukraine banned all Russian and Soviet symbolism and reminders of the true history of Ukraine. Anyone trying to show up with Georgievskaya Lentochka (band of St. George) or Victory Banner would be arrested or killed by ukro-nazis.
As the ultimate provocation, authorities authorized a football match at Odessa stadium on May 7, just two days before Victory Day. The crazed ‘football ultras’ were part of the force that executed extreme violence on Kiev maidan. They also were used in part to kill people on May 2 in Odessa. Now these ultras are coming to town on May 7, promising to stay over for May 9. This means that they will try to create mayhem, preventing people from commemorating Victory Day, marked widely in Odessa as the day of memory and as a day of mass protests against ukro-nazis.
Kulikovo Polye: before, during and after May 2, 2014 tragedy
Before May 2, 2014 tragedy:
Pic 1: bird’s eye view of the Kulikovo Polye, Odessa’s main square, more or less as I remember it as a child.
Pic 2: 2013 – main alley leading from Kulikovo Polye, also still peaceful, although during Soviet days it was much better maintained than during Kiev rule:
March 2014 – Before the massacre: peaceful protesters of the Kulikovo tent city. The banner reads: ‘Odessa for Referendum.’ Meaning, the referendum whether to join Customs Union or sign EU association. This was after ukro-nazi Kiev coup of February 2014, when people still believed they lived in a democratic country and that peaceful protests could be heard. They still thought they were safe to protest in their own city, in their country… May 2 will put an end to that. People will fully understand that they live in a country that has been occupied by fascists and sold to foreign interests. On May 2, between 2 and 4 thousand of trained and well-armed thugs will attack 200 unarmed people manning the 24/7 protest.
These are images from May 2, 2014 genocide in action (sorry, graphic, but we cannot forget what they had done!)
May 2, 2016: military occupation of Odessa by Kiev national guard and ukro-nazi battalion azov. They blockaded the square and didn’t allow mourners to lay flowers at the site of May 2 tragedy.
Videos from today’s, May 2, 2016 events in Odessa:
People step on leaflets depicting Parubiy, the present speaker of the Kiev Rada. The leaflet reads: ‘Murderer.’ Ukro-nazi Parubiy was on May 2, 2014 the chief coordinator of the attack on the unarmed protesters of the Kulikovo tent city. Today he occupies position No. 3 in Ukraine, after Poroshenko and his stooge Groysman.
Complete 2 hour plus video of what went on today near Kulikovo Polye. Between 5 and 10 thousand gathered. All this is happening without the Kulikovo movement leaders, who have been detained by SBU.
People chant: ‘Fascism won’t pass,’ Odessa – hero city,’ ‘We won’t forget, we won’t forgive.’ After waiting for a long time, people start chanting, ‘Let us in,’ and ‘Open the square.’ Notably, around 1:30:00 people chant, ‘Odessa is a Russian city.’
At 1:33:00, being denied entry onto the square, people lay flowers on a patch of grass outside the square. Behind them, in the distance you can see the Building of the Unions, where the massacre occurred two years ago.
1:33:13 a brave woman says: ‘They must answer! Kiev junta, Parubiy, police who didn’t do their job and allowed our people to be massacred – they must be held responsible; murderers and traitors must pay!’ Another woman says: ‘We want Poroshenko, Parubiy, Nemirovsky, Gordienko (some of the known killers) to answer for the killing of peaceful people.’
Incidentally, identities of all those who killed and burned people are known, ample video proof is available, but no one in Ukraine bothers to prosecute! People start chanting ‘Hold them all responsible!’
At 1:34:00 “Poroshenko is a murderer, Poroshenko belongs in jail,’ “Parubiy is a murderer,’ ‘Saakashvili back to Georgia.’ ‘Rada are traitors, stooges of fascists and US.’
1:38:00 Chanting: ‘Donbass, we are with you.’ You may notice that women are especially vocal and brave here.
1:51:00 A field of flowers.
2:03:00 More people are gathering. Black balloons and white doves ceremony. There are signs in the crowd: Spain, France, Italy, Israel and others.
2:08:00 You can see how national guard blockades the square, keeping people squashed in a small appendix.
What and why happened two years ago in Odessa…
Analysis and thoughts
In the past two years you may have read my posts about Odessa. Moreover, my latest Earth Shift Report 8: BLACK SEA GAMBIT is mainly dedicated to the globally important events, as well as futurist forecast, for Odessa and Black Sea region.
You may recall that I grew up in Odessa and that this city holds a very special place in my heart. I wrote about it in my 2013 posts where I, unknowingly, predicted what would happen. Read about the still peaceful Odessa:
On May 2, 2014 something terrible happened in Odessa. By official account 48 people were burned alive on Kulikovo Polye. By many credible unofficial accounts, over 200 died that day a terrible death. To this day, Kiev junta and ukro-nazis in power refuse to investigate the shocking event. They never arrested perpetrators, whose names and faces were all captured on camera – in fact, the criminals went around posing with burned corpses, uploading these gruesome videos on their YouTube channels. Instead, the authorities arrested the surviving Kulikovo Polye protesters, some of whom were later let go because of mass protests and some are still in jail.
That day, May 2, 2014 Odessa experience the worst tragedy since the Great War (WWII) and Romanian – German Nazi occupation.
Thousands of well-trained and armed Ukrainian Nazis (ukro-nazis) were brought into the city from central and western Ukraine. As is constantly being revealed by various sources, the training camps for these ukro-nazis were organized in western Ukraine and Poland, where angry, displaced and brainwashed young men were trained by instructors from US, Canada and Poland. Financing came from the same sources. We can be sure that a part of the ‘5 billion US dollars’ that Victoria Nuland spent on ‘subverting Ukraine’ were used to support these thugs.
The whole chilling scenario reminds us painfully of how Al Qaeda and ISIS were organized, financed and trained.
The ukro-nazis from ‘svoboda,’ ‘the right sector’, battalion ‘aidar’ was also lavishly financed by Jewish-Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoysky and organized for the attack on Odessa by the current speaker of the Kiev Rada (Ukraine parliament) Parubiy and current Interior Minister Avakov. Parubiy recently became the Ukrainian Rada speaker after previous speaker, Groysman, was installed as Ukraine PM, replacing former PM Yatsenyuk.
Groysman is the man of Poroshenko, who in turn is a direct US agent. Avakov is the man of Yatsenyuk, who was installed as Ukraine PM after 2014 coup personally by US State Dept’s Victoria Nuland (you recall the leaked 2014 tape where Nuland converses with US ambassador to Ukraine Payet: ‘f*** EU, Yats will be PM, Klitchko won’t work, etc.). Parubiy is a well-known CIA agent.
Therefore, there is no doubt that all of these entities were in on the hit against Odessa.
The attack of May 2 was organized with far-reaching goals in mind. On the surface it was done in order to spoil the city’s May celebrations. May 1 is Intl Workers’ day & May 9 – Victory Day, both traditionally widely celebrated. Odessa, for its brave resistance to the Romanian – German Nazi occupation during WWII, was awarded the Gold Star of the Hero City – one of only four original Hero Cities of the USSR (read about that in above-linked Odessa articles).
But Odessa, along with Crimea and Donbass, also played an incredibly important geopolitical role for the Kiev junta and US occupation. The extreme importance of Odessa as a key port, site for the US mega navy-military base and as a means of containing Russia is Black Sea is all discussed in detail, together with predictions and forecasts in ESR8: BLACK SEA GAMBIT.
What happened on May 2, 2014: western and central Ukraine ukro-nazis descended on the unsuspecting city by train and bus. They joined forces with very few and far in-between locals. The proof that very few Odessans succumbed to ukro-nazi propaganda and turned on their own history and truth is that they had to bring thousands of reinforcements from other parts of Ukraine. However, the few locals who did join them were necessary as guides. They knew local terrain and could point out where people were hiding, how to block escape routes, etc.
All these thugs attacked the peaceful protest ‘tent city’ on Odessa’s main cobblestoned square called Kulikovo Polye. The tent city was organized during Kiev maidan 2013-2014 and especially grew after ukro-nazi coup of February 22, 2014.
Thousands of these very well-organized thugs, clearly directed from one center, burned tents and hunted down unarmed protesters. People from the tent city had no choice but to attempt to escape into the nearby building of what is today the House of the Unions (aka, the building of Trade Unions). When I grew up, the Kulikovo Polye’s landmark granite building housed the Odessa Oblast’s Communist Party headquarters.
The Kulikovo square constitues a pretty large open space. Moreover, it is located close to Odessa’s main train station, which is also surrounded by open spaces. It’s very hard to hide or escape there. Due to the terrain, the only viable hiding space was the building of the Unions.
It was a normal work day and at the time of the attack many simple, unsuspecting employees toiled inside the building. It appears that some of these employees, seeing what was going on in the square gave shelter to the protesters to save their lives.
Since the building is pretty solid, ukro-nazis could not storm it. Instead they began throwing Molotov cocktails and various incendiary devices into windows. The inside of the building, with its parquet floors, large wood doors and paneling caught on fire. The poor working women, innocent employees of the Trade Unions, were forced to get out on ledges to save themselves from fire. After that, ukro-nazi thugs stormed the building, where they finished off those who were still alive or those who tried to escape the fire. To this day it’s unclear how many people actually perished; some believe the number to be as high as 213 victims.
After the tragedy, the city was in shock. Those who organized this vicious attack counted on such reaction. Their goal was to subdue the independent-minded and always having a mind of its own city, scare the people to the point that they would be afraid to stick their noses out. This only worked for a few months. Very soon a grass-roots peaceful protests came about. People simply gathered on Kulikovo Polye to lay flowers to the site of the attack they brought pictures of victims, held rallies and spoke about justice. People organized a make-shift plywood memorial in front of the burned down House of the Unions, which to this day hasn’t been rebuilt. They gathered every week, and sometimes even more often. These people, who bravely continue coming to the spontaneous Kulikovo protests, are called ‘Kulikovtsi.’
Oftentimes, ukro-nazi thugs attack these rallies, popping black balloons symbolizing the victims, destroying make-shift memorials and trashing flowers.
An interesting phenomenon was noted by many observers. While young people came as well, mostly, in such grass-roots rallies one could see women and older, retired men. Not because young men weren’t interested. No. As on many dire occasions in Russian history, women yet again demonstrate their courage and amazingly practical common sense. According to them, ukro-nazis are on the outlook for young, strong men. They would target such men, beating them up, kidnapping them, or provoking a fight, leading to a protester’s arrest. When older women come, the danger that they would be attacked is much slimmer, although it exists. While sold-out, local police wouldn’t dare arrest an older woman. Generally, even ukro-nazis try not to attack older women, which only generates negative publicity and can get them arrested.
Some criticize the fact that relatively few young men show up at the Kulikvtsi protests, and brand them cowards. However, I do understand the rationale. It is not worth it getting beaten up or killed by ukro-nazis, who are on constant lookout for those who may become the new wave of real Odessa resistance. Any premature showing will only result in the men who will eventually have to stand up to occupation, being killed. Women understand that and naturally try to protect these last ‘300 Spartans’ (in reality many more than that) until the time is right.
It’s much better to sit it out, gather strength, and wait for the right moment to act. To paraphrase a Russian singer Visotsky’s song: “Who said that Odessa has died? No, for a time, she simply went into hiding.”
Victory Day 2015 demonstrated this very well. Over 40,000 people came out to the Unknown Sailor’s memorial, with victory banners and banned in Ukraine Georgievskaya Lentochkas. See videos and my post: MOLDOVA and ODESSA: Hundreds of Thousands Come Out for May 9 #Victory70 Celebrations Despite Attempts to Ban Holiday.
On April 10 Odessa marked the 72 anniversary of the liberation of Odessa by the Soviet Army from the Romanian/German Nazi occupation. Crowds gathered near the Unknown Sailor’s memorial, again with banned Georgievskaya Lentochkas. Ukro-nazis tried to take away these symbols of victory, resulting in some fights and arrests. After that, a large column of protesters, Kulikovtsi and others, marched to Kulikovo Polye. However, it turned out that a large number of very aggressive ukro-nazis already surrounded Kulikovo Polye, no allowing anyone to come in. Police advised protesters to cancel the march. Meanwhile, aggressive nazis again trashed the victims’ memorial and ended up attacking police, who tried to keep relative order. Kulikovo square yet again turned into a battleground, but this time between police and ukro-nazis. It appears, this time police was authorized to do what was necessary. Of course, police had an upper hand, and as many reported, they took immense pleasure in beating up the thugs, many of whom seemed very young, somewhere between 15 and 22 years of age. Also, scores were arrested.
What happened on April 10 in Odessa proved yet again that in fact previously police was given orders to look the other way, or worse, to help ukro-nazis. This is the only explanation how so many people were burned alive right under the windows of the Odessa Oblast Administration, located across from Kulikovo Polye. The police was used as part of the op to destroy the spirit of Odessa.
Another thing it proves is that there is one invisible and very vicious hand orchestrating this diabolical chain of events. Only the support and direct encouragement by the US (Canada, Poland, Lithuania, EU being USA’s stooges) could have emboldened ukro-nazis to the point that they would commit the unthinkable crimes all over Ukraine. They are cowards and dregs of society. They only do what they do because they are sure they would not be punished; moreover, they are sure they’ll be paid well in US dollars. As such, ukro-nazis chanted, attacking peaceful people, “America is with us.”
For as long as America, EU and other stooges support, finance and protect criminals in Ukraine and all over the world atrocities will continue.
Of course, in their ‘work’ US has to rely on the internal force that is capable of committing such despicable acts. US seeks out and breeds crooks, greedy oligarchs and politicians, lying MSM, PR and propaganda specialists, as well as angry armed thugs of all persuasions. The phenomenon of the lost and very aggressive young generation is something peculiar to Ukraine. It is also peculiar to some of the Muslim cultures. Generally, such confused, displaced and very aggressive young people appear in countries that failed to create social lifts, educational and job opportunities; that was unable to produce a system of which these young people would be proud. They become an easy prey for those who wish to harm their own or neighboring countries.
After the breakup of the USSR in 1991, Ukraine went from bad to worse. As is recognized by many experts, Ukraine and the older, more experienced generation, completely dropped the ball on the education of the young generations. Busy with own survival and bringing home the bacon, they allowed the entire educational system to fall into the hands of the US/Canadian/Soros propagandists with hidden agenda. Entertainment, MSM and PR went the same way.
No one was looking in that direction, until it was too late. The superior Soviet educational system was replaced with inferior Western-style educational system, combined with falsified history, thus creating a warped alternative reality. In the absence of real education and amidst the smartest and most talented people leaving Ukraine by millions, this resulted in 15-25 year-olds having absorbed ukro-nazi, Russophobic propaganda. The most bizarre thing is that some of those who have become ukro-nazi Russophobes are in fact Russian-speaking people. In fact, these convenient dupes deny who they are in order to advance a foreign agenda.
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Happy Victory Day!
Today, on May 9th, a massive Victory Parade takes place on Red Square and in other 25 cities all over Russia. See my coverage here: #Victory70 May 9th Red Square and All Russia Victory Day Parades Marathon
These parades are full of well-trained troops and impressive new hardware, as well as historic T-34 tanks from the Great Patriotic War. Also, there is a new tradition, called “The Immortal Regiment.” Overall 12 million people in Russia and beyond took part in the Immortal Regiment marches. This was a sight to behold. A boundless sea of people participated in Moscow, carrying pictures of their relatives who perished in the war. Putin joined, carrying a photo of his father.
While big battles with many casualties, tragedy and loss played out for six difficult years on the fronts of the most devastating war humans have ever known, I want to talk about another war – the war that was invisible to all but a few; the kind of war that dramatically shifted the balance of power on the planet. It was the war that helped ensure Victory Day.
You all know that I love to write spy thrillers. In fact, my thrillers are about spies by accident and out of necessity. GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure) is about American journalist Jade Snow who goes to Moscow to re-discover her deep Russian roots and to get that bomb of a story; instead she finds herself between the rock and the hard place when duty and curiosity draw her to unravel a major conspiracy. THE EARTH SHIFTER, usually called a mystical thriller, has a significant spy thriller component. Sasha’s father Professor Maxim Elfimov happens to also be a master remote viewer and unbeknownst to him, he is husband to a spy. He becomes a spy in order to avenge his wife and protect his daughter, whose destiny is to become the Earth Shifter.
What can I say, I love spies. When I was barely 10, I often found myself inventing spy thriller stories in my head. I also love watching very intelligently made spy movies. Probably the best movies I’ve even seen in this genre were Soviet ones. Today, I want to share two of the best TV mini-series ever made.
Seventeen Moments of Spring (Russian: Семнадцать мгновений весны).
It was filmed at Gorky Film Studio, directed by Tatyana Lioznova and based on the book with the same title by the novelist Yulian Semyonov. The series comprises 12 episodes 70 minutes each. Starring Russian screen legend Vyacheslav Tikhonov. Other leading roles were performed by Leonid Bronevoy, Oleg Tabakov, Yuri Vizbor, Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev, Rostislav Plyatt, Vasily Lanovoy, and Mikhail Zharkovsky.
When the new episode of this film was on, streets got empty as everyone – young and old – were glued to their screens. Crime was generally very low in the USSR, but police reported that during Seventeen Moments of Spring it became non-existent, as even criminals had taken to watching it. The movie made an indelible impression, especially when it first came out. It painted a realistic and profound picture of Germany and Europe during the burning hot Spring 1945. It includes some real documentary footage of WWII battles, as well as Hitler and other historic figures of that time, embedded in the film. Real documents of those days are presented, as well as fictional documents based on real historic events. The film was masterminded in such a way as to seem like a documentary, therefore, it was originally black and white, to coincide with the documentary footage and appear more realistic. A color version was also made.
Historic Fact: As the Russian army approaches Berlin, in March 1945 Soviet leadership finds out that someone in Hitler’s closest inner circle is trying to sign a unilateral surrender with the supposed Soviet ally USA, bypassing USSR, who has done most of the work and suffered by far most casualties in the war against fascism. The secret negotiator for the US was Allen Dulles and negotiations did take place on March 8, 1945 in Switzerland. It becomes clear that many of the Nazi criminals who committed despicable acts on the territory of the USSR and who, according to the allied agreement, are supposed to be tried by the international tribunal, may avoid retribution as they will be quietly whisked away to the USA, while most of the Nazi power structures are kept intact behind the Russians’ backs. The operation was codenamed both Operation Sunrise and Operation Crossword (“Sunrise Crossword” in the film).
Berlin is already being bombed. Soviet leadership contacts the deep cover agent implanted into the Nazi regime since 1920s, who goes by the name Standartenführer SS Otto von Stierlitz, known to only a few in Moscow as Colonel Maxim Isaev. He was probably the highest placed Russian agent in Nazi Germany and Schellenberg’s protegé. Stierlitz must find out who exactly is behind these secret negotiations. As the news get more and more alarming, the Russian agent must also derail unilateral surrender plans. How, that’s the question.
As Stierlitz tries to figure out whether it’s Himmler, Goebbels or Bormann who are attempting to sign the surrender, there are unforseen complications. During US/UK bombing of Berlin, Stierlitz’ radio-criptographer is killed and his pregnant wife, his second radio specialist, is wounded and captured by Gestapo. As he attempts to solve the mystery of who is behind the negotiations, derail American plans and at the same time save his assistant, Stierlitz must find alternative ways of delivering his messages. A multi-layered cat and mouse game begins as he is also being investigated by Gestapo. The plot thickens…
As we know from history, the unilateral surrender never happened, thanks to that Soviet officer whose true name will never be known. Seventeen Moments of Spring is a fictionalized account; names and circumstances have been modified. However, the events described in the film did take place and the unilateral surrender almost became a reality.
I have found this movie on YouTube with English subtitles! Please go to this channel. The video of each episode is divided into seven segments. Scroll down the playlists for earlier episodes as they are in reverse order.
This movie, like most Russian movies, has great songs and music score. Watch clip and listen to the famous song, Somewhere Far Away.
Shield and Sword (Russian: Щит и меч)
Filmed at Mosfilm in 1968, it consists of 4 episodes. Starring Russian screen legends Stanislav Lyubshin as deep cover Russian agent Johann Weiss (aka Alexandr Belov) and Oleg Yankovsky as a spoiled rich brat turned anti-fascist Heinrich Schwarzkopf. Also made in black and white to represent the era.
A modest and helpful auto mechanic Johann Weiss is a so-called Volksdeutsche, or ethnic German living in Riga, Latvia circa 1940. But that’s only his cover. In reality, he is Russian Alexandr Belov. Many Germans living in Latvia are thinking about repatriating to Germany as the smell of the upcoming war is getting stronger. Johann’s best client is wealthy engineer and inventor Schwarzkopf. His son Heinrich is also a client and an unlikely friend, despite the difference in social stature.
Engineer Schwarzkopf is very valuable to both sides. Germans are convincing him to move back to Germany to help out arming and equipping the growing German army. Suddenly, Schwarzkopf Sr. is killed. Johann learns that a day prior engineer received Soviet citizenship and was planning on moving to Moscow. Afraid that the formiddable knowledge and secrets in his head would become Russian property, local leader of German Nazis has ordered him killed; however, aloud he says that it was USSR that took him out because he was planning on moving to Berlin.
Devasted Heinrich decides to move to Berlin and Johann follows. Heinrich’s influential uncle gets Johann a lucrative placement in German intelligence, Abwehr. Johann’s career skyrockets as he proves to be a very helpful and level-headed officer.
Johann (Lyubshin) left, Heinrich (Yankovsky) right
Meanwhile, as Heinrich observes Nazi atrocities, he gets more and more disgusted. He starts doubting the official story of his father’s death. Eventually, Johann’s friends show him proof of his father’s Soviet citizenship and his assassination by Germans. Heinrich becomes double agent now working directly with Johann.
The movie includes a universally beloved song “Where does the Motherland Begin?” as well as others. I wish I could post the song here, but Mosfilm doesn’t allow the embedding of its videos. It’s a very beautiful melody, and lyrics are simply stellar. Here is the video of this song, with a great clip from Shield and Sword, in memory of Oleg Yankovsky (С чего начинается родина – памяти Олега Янковского).
Unfortunately, I could only find Shield and Sword in Russian:
Both films are based on true stories of real Russian spies.
You can find more Russian songs of the Great Victory here
More movies about the Great War here
Link to the immortal song The Cranes in:
Additionally, check out the comment section for some very good and important comments: “Victory Day – it’s a holiday with tears in our eyes!” This is the song that became the anthem of Victory Day and a symbol of the Great Victory. Lyrics are beautiful! Listen to the song and read English translation here: Nemo1024
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Tomorrow is May 9th. HAPPY VICTORY DAY!
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They say there was no family in the 250 million Soviet Union that didn’t experience a loss in the Great Patriotic War, usually referred to in the West as World War II. This is why the Great Victory celebrated on May 9th is called ‘a holiday with tears in our eyes.’
Leningrad, presently St. Petersburg, a city of unsurpassed beauty and treasures on the Neva River, was one of the hardest hit during that brutal war. It is one of the original four Hero Cities for the heroism and spirit displayed by its troops and citizens (later, more cities were given the Hero City title). The other three were Stalingrad, Moscow and Odessa. Each had a unique and devastating story to tell.
Among them, Leningrad stood out by the amount of tragedy, sacrifice and starvation inflicted on simple citizens through the inhumane blockade, which left the multi-million city without food for almost 900 days.
Odessa had a different story to tell. Due to the city’s location, its siege, perpetrated by Germany and Romania together, was punctuated with severe water shortage. Thirst, not hunger, was what killed people in southern steppes. During sieges of Stalingrad and Moscow the killers were bombs and bullets. But undeniably, the most devastating and tragic story of the entire WWII was the Siege and Blockade of Leningrad (Russian: блокада Ленинграда).
It is something Russians remember very well… even those of us who were born decades after, even those who had never been to Leningrad. It is imprinted in our collective psyche.
It is also something that unfortunately those who live in the US, Canada, EU, Poland or Germany probably could never understand. Perhaps that’s why they have such immature and cavalier attitude towards WWII, Russia’s role and sacrifice in it. Or perhaps they are simply afraid of the Russian spirit and ability to withstand such hardship for the idea. Perhaps, this is why they need to do anything they possibly can to diminish and malign the country that saved the world from fascism.
Below is an excerpt from Wikipedia. I am usually very careful about quoting Wikipedia as much of its info is biased and inaccurate, to put it mildly. But this piece seems one of the few telling the truth. Link.
“The Siege of Leningrad, also known as the Leningrad Blockade (Russian: блокада Ленинграда, transliteration: blokada Leningrada) was a prolonged military operation undertaken by the German Army Group North against Leningrad—historically and currently known as Saint Petersburg—in the Eastern Front theatre ofWorld War II. The siege started on 8 September 1941, when the last road to the city was severed. Although the Soviets managed to open a narrow land corridor to the city on 18 January 1943, the siege was finally lifted on 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began. It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history and overwhelmingly the most costly in terms of casualties.
The capture of Leningrad was one of three strategic goals in the German Operation Barbarossa and the main target of Army Group North. The strategy was motivated by Leningrad‘s political status as the former capital of Russia and the symbolic capital of the Russian Revolution, its military importance as a main base of the Soviet Baltic Fleet and its industrial strength, housing numerous arms factories. By 1939 the city was responsible for 11% of all Soviet industrial output. It has been reported that Adolf Hitler was so confident of capturing Leningrad that he had the invitations to the victory celebrations to be held in the city’s Hotel Astoria already printed. Yet, although various theories have been forwarded about Nazi Germany‘s ultimate plans for Leningrad, including renaming the city Adolfsburg (as claimed by Soviet journalist Lev Bezymenski)  and making it the capital of the new Ingermanland province of the Reich in Generalplan Ost, it is clear that Hitler’s intention was to utterly destroy the city and its population. According to a directive sent to Army Group North on 29 September, “After the defeat of Soviet Russia there can be no interest in the continued existence of this large urban center. […] Following the city’s encirclement, requests for surrender negotiations shall be denied, since the problem of relocating and feeding the population cannot and should not be solved by us. In this war for our very existence, we can have no interest in maintaining even a part of this very large urban population.” Hitler’s ultimate plan was to raze Leningrad to the ground and give areas north of the River Neva to the Finns.”
I visited Leningrad – St. Petersburg several times in my life. It truly is the most beautiful and impressive historic city in the world. I took the time to go to the Piskariovskoye Memorial Cemetery where the victims of the 872-day blockade found their final resting place. It’s a huge field filled with alleys, flowers, and rows and rows of granite stones listing the names of those buried underneath – 500,000 in total. The entire toll of the blockade was over 640,000.
The Piskariovskoye Cemetery museum has photographs, documents and diaries of those who perished. There was a girl’s diary that struck me most. The little girl named Tanya documented every day things like: “Auntie died today, my little brother died, mommy died.” Then her hand was getting less steady as more people around her passed. The final entry was, “Tanya all alone.” The girl Tanya was buried with others on that cemetery.
Immortal stories of the people’s spirit during the Leningrad Blockade
Leningrad is home to some of the most beautiful museums and architecture in the world, filled with treasured art, science and literature. When Germans advanced, workers of the museums and libraries tried to save their treasures, aided by locals and soldiers. A lot of priceless art from Leningrad museums was evacuated, some under severe shelling and German aviation bombings.
Leningrad is full of gorgeous bridges and statues. To attempt to save them from bombings, the starving, exhausted citizens would wrap the statues in anything protective they could find, often building protective shields around them. That way they saved for posterity many, many priceless works of art.
Anichkov Bridge: one of the four Horse tamers, famous St. Petersburg statues saved from destruction in WWII
See my post for more great pics of the magnificent Leningrad treasures saved for posterity: Tsars, Oligarchs and Imperial Treasure: ST.PETERSBURG, RUSSIA.
The great Russian composer Dmitry Shostakovich survived the Leningrad Blockade and wrote some of his most striking music during that time. He refused to leave his city; during the blockade, Shostakovich along with other artists, would play for the starving people and troops. These radio concerts would be broadcast via loudspeakers placed all over the city, bringing hope and lifting the morale.
Shostakovich – Symphony No 7: The LENINGRAD SYMPHONY, 1941 (Gergiev). The symphony became a symbol of anti-fascist resistance.
One of the most famous Leningrad treasures was the Amber Room, once given to empress Katerina Velikaya (Catherine the Great) by Prussian king – a feat which, according to historic accounts, bankrupted him. The Amber Room was so unique and beautiful that it was called the Eighth Wonder of the World. The value of the Amber Room? Simply priceless. The gorgeous, but fragile, amber panels were mounted onto a room at the Catherine Palace in the town of Pushkino, on the outskirts of St. Petersburg. Additional panels and paintings were created by Russian artisans in order to complete the room. The empress could sit in it for hours, forgetting about time and space. Anyone who saw the Amber Room is purported to have been awed by its beauty and otherworldly energy.
During the 1941 German advancement, the workers of the Catherine Palace museum managed to wrap up and evacuate practically all of the treasures. But they were afraid to move the fragile Amber Room, fearing it could get damaged if they tried to dismantle the panels. Instead, the decision was made to camouflage it by painting something on top of the panels and building fake walls around it. They hoped Germans would overlook the Amber Room.
When Pushkino was taken their hopes evaporated. Germans arrived with blueprints and drawings. They brought specialists with them, ready to dismantle the treasure. They also arrived with transportation and packaging. They knew exactly where to find the Amber Room; in fact, taking the Amber Room was one of their major goals in Leningrad, orders coming directly from Hitler.
Some of you may know the story: the Amber Room was taken to Königsberg (now Kaliningrad) and stayed there until Soviet troops approached the city. Then it was loaded onto a ship, which may, or may not have, drowned. The Amber Room vanished to never be seen again. Its mystery remains unsolved.
Several years ago the Russian artists and scientists completed the painstaking duplication of the Amber Room, after many years of research and work. The Amber Room 2.0 is now open to the public.
The magnificent Amber Room 2.0. More pics in Tsars, Oligarchs and Imperial Treasure: ST.PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
How Vladimir Putin’s Family Survived the Siege and Blockade of Leningrad
Excerpts from Nemo’s own translation of the original story by
the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, published in Russian Pioneer 4/30/2015
Read the entire post: “Life is such a simple, yet cruel thing”
“Father worked at a military enterprise when the war started, being exempt from conscription. But he wrote an application to join the party, and then another application – that he wants to go to the front. He was dispatched to the subversive detachment of the NKVD. It was a small detachment. He said that there were 28 people in it, and they were deployed behind the enemy lines to carry out acts of sabotage, undermine bridges, railway tracks… But they were almost immediately ambushed. Someone betrayed them. They came to a village, and then went out, and when after a while they returned, the Nazis were already waiting for them there. They were chased through the woods, and father survived because he climbed into a swamp, and spent a few hours in that swamp, breathing through a reed. While sitting in the swamp and breathing through the reed, he heard how the German soldiers were passing nearby, just a few steps away from him, how the dogs were yapping…
It was the beginning of autumn, in other words – already cold… I also remember how he told me that the leader of their group was a German. A Soviet citizen, but a German.
And here’s what’s curious: a couple of years ago, the archives of the Defence Ministry handed me the case of this group. There is a copy of the case in my home, in Novo-Ogaryovo. A list of the group, names, patronymics and brief descriptions. Yes, 28 people. And at the head – a German. Everything as it was told by my father.
Of the 28 people, only 4 crossed the front line back to ours. 24 were killed.
They were re-assigned to the active army, and sent on to Nevsky Pyatachok. It was probably the hottest place during the whole of the Leningrad Blockade. Our troops held a small bridgehead. Four kilometres in width and some two kilometres in depth. It was supposed to be a springboard for the future breaking of the blockade. But it never got used for this purpose. They broke through the blockade elsewhere. Still the spot (Nevsky Pyatachok) was held, held for a long time, there was heavy fighting there. Very heavy. There are commanding heights above and all around it, it’s shot at throughout. The Germans were, of course, also aware that it’s there that a breakthrough may be attempted, and tried to simply erase the Nevsky Pyatachok off the face of the earth. There is data about how much metal there is in each square meter of the land. There’s still metal all over the place there.
Father explained how he was wounded there. The wound was heavy. All his life he lived with shrapnel in his leg: not all fragments could be taken out. The leg ached. Foot didn’t bend since then. The medics preferred not to touch the small fragments so as not to shatter the bone. And, thank God, the leg was saved. They could, after all, amputate it. He got a good doctor. He had the second group disablement. As a disabled veteran, he was eventually given an apartment. It was our first separate apartment. A small two-room apartment. (Translators remark: Before that the Putins lived in a communal apartment, where several families share the facilities, corridor and kitchen, and sleep in separate rooms.) However, before that we lived in the centre and now we had to move. True, not quite to the outskirts, but to a new-built area. And it happened, of course, not immediately after the war, but when I already worked in the KGB. I was not given an apartment then, but my father finally got his. It was a great happiness. And here’s how he was wounded. He, together with a comrade, did a little sortie into the rear of the Germans, crawling, crawling… And then it becomes both funny and sad at the same time: they got to a German bunker, and, father said, out of it comes a man, a huge guy, and looks at them… and they couldn’t get up while they were staring into the barrel of a gun. “The man – he says – looked at us very carefully, then he took out a grenade, then another, and threw those grenades at us. Well… ” Life is such a simple, yet cruel thing.
By chance, father’s neighbour from Peterhof was nearby. And that neighbour pulled him over without hesitation and managed to drag him to the hospital. The neighbour waited for him at the hospital, made sure that he was operated, and said, “All right, now you’re going to live, and I am off to die.”
My mother told me how she visited father at the hospital. They had a small child, a three-year-old. At that time there was blockade, hunger… My father would give her his hospital ration, secretly from doctors and nurses. She hid it, took it home and fed the child. When father began to faint from hunger in the hospital, doctors and nurses understood what was happening and didn’t allow her to visit any more.
And then the child was taken away from her. It was done, as she later explained, in a compulsory fashion in order to save small children from starvation. They were collected to the orphanages for further evacuation. Parents were not asked.
He fell ill there – my mother said that it was with diphtheria – and didn’t survive. They were not even told where he was buried. They have never learnt where. And then, last year, completely unfamiliar to me people worked on their own initiative through the archives and found documents about my brother. And that’s really my brother. Because I knew that they lived then, after fleeing from Peterhof from the advancing German troops, at their friends’ place – and I even knew the address. They lived, as we call it, on the Water Channel (Vodnyj Kanal). It would be better to call it a “Bypass channel” (Obvodnyj Kanal), but in Leningrad it’s called “Water Channel”. I know for sure that they had lived there. And not only the address, where he was taken from, coincided. Name, surname, patronymic, date of birth coincided as well. It was, of course, my brother. And there was stated the place of burial: Piskaryovskoye Cemetery. And even the specific area was given.
Parents were told nothing of this. Well, apparently, other things had higher priority back then.
So, everything that my parents told about the war was true. Not a single word was invented; not a single day was moved. About my brother, about the neighbour, about the German, commander of the group. Everything matches. And all this got later confirmed in an incredible way.
After her child was taken away, mother was left alone. When father was allowed to walk, he stood up on crutches and went home. And when he came to the house, he saw that the medics were carrying corpses out of the entrance. And he saw my mother. He came up, and it seemed to him that she was breathing. He told the medics: “She’s still alive!” – “She’ll pass away along the way – said the nurse. – She won’t survive.” He told that he pounced on them with crutches and forced them to lift her back into the apartment. They told him: “Well, we’ll do as you say, but know that we will not come here for another two or three or four weeks. You’ll have to sort it out yourself then.”
He nursed her back to life. She survived and lived until 1999. He died in late 1998.
After the lifting of the blockade, they moved to the homeland of their parents, in the Tver oblast, and lived there until the end of the war. Father’s family was quite large. He had, after all, six brothers, and five of them were killed in the war. This is a disaster for the family. And my mother’s relatives also died. I was a late child; she gave birth to me when she was 41.
There was not a family where someone didn’t die. So much grief, misfortune and tragedy… But they had no hatred for the enemy, that’s what’s amazing. To be honest, I still cannot fully understand this. My mother was a very gentle, kind person… She said, “Well, what kind of hatred can one have toward these soldiers? They are simple people and also died in the war.” It’s amazing. We were brought up on Soviet books, movies… and hatred. But she somehow did not have it in her. And I remember very well her words: “Well, what can you have against them? They are also hard workers, just like us. They were simply force-driven to the front.”
I never forgot those words.”
Lada’s 2 cents:
It’s a tragic and beautiful story. There is only one thing on which I would disagree with President Putin. Quote: “We were brought up on Soviet books, movies… and hatred. But she somehow did not have it in her.”
Yes, we were brought up on Soviet books and movies, but not on hatred. My family didn’t have any hatred towards Germans either, although they lost a lot – see post. Neither do I. In fact, I personally love German culture and as a student I had two close German friends. It was a common thing. There was no hatred then, and there isn’t any now.
But there is memory – memory which must be kept at all cost. When those old Soviet movies were made, they were created by those who either experienced war themselves or those who remembered it from direct participants. There are fewer and fewer such people left today. We must do everything to preserve the real truth about those events in order to avoid this kind of madness in the future. This is why attempts by some to re-write history cannot be tolerated.
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On April 10th Odessa celebrated 71st anniversary of the liberation of the city from the German Nazis and associated Romanian invaders. Traditionally, the holiday is celebrated with mass parades, flowers, songs and red banners, since the city was liberated by the Soviet Army. People also wear yellow-and-black-striped Georgievskaya Lentochka (band). The celebrations are a big deal.
Odessa paid dearly for the invasion, including a water-deprived, bloody siege and occupation. As a result, Odessa became one of the 4 original Hero Cities of the Soviet Union, together with Moscow, Stalingrad and Leningrad (St. Pete). There is a movie called “Zhazhda” – “Thirst,” about the siege and a heroic raid by the marines to give water to the water-starved city.
Ukraine is aggressively re-writing history! On April 9, the Kiev Rada adopted a law equating communism with fascism and banning all communist and Soviet related symbology, including the ‘Great Victory Banner’ usually displayed during Victory Day celebrations. The ban also included the traditional Georgievskaya Band. Armed nationalists from Kiev warned that they would be descending onto Odessa and that anyone who came out with traditional symbols would be sorry.
People in Odessa are scared, but not scared enough to stay home.
Ukraine president Poroshenko came to Odessa on April 10 and was greeted with: “Fascist won’t pass.” Video:
In this video Poroshenko is shown making a speech at the iconic Odessa Port. In it he says that Odessa has greeted him very hospitably and that it has become a truly pro-Ukrainian city (last time he was in Odessa he announced Odessa had become a true Bandera (ukro-nazi) city). Meanwhile, the video shows people chanting, “Fascists, fascists,” in the background. Poroshenko says that Odessa now greets well the ATO (anti-Donbass military operation) soldiers – and the next snippet obligingly shows the crowd chanting: “Long live the Soviet Army” and “Odessa is the Hero City.”
Several days before April 10, over 40 people were arrested in Odessa, most of them while simply walking on the street. They weren’t shown any IDs or explained what they were arrested for. Later, SBU went to these people’s homes and ‘found’ cell phones, various random items SBU said were being used to make bombs, Russian flags (sure, terrorists would actually parade Russian flags), and those extremely dangerous Georgievskaya Bands.
This is what that dangerous anti-Ukrainian item, aka, Georgievskaya Band, looks like. It is worn to commemorate the sacrifice of the Soviet army during the Great War (WWII), including the sacrifice of Ukrainians:
Clearly, those who are afraid of a little piece of fabric must be really insecure.
This is how local SBU was preparing for Poroshenko’s visit. All arrested were accused of terrorism. Video of one such street arrest:
More about Odessa: read my 2-part article from 2013 (note, it was written well before the Kiev euro-maidan. Deep down I knew what was to happen soon – pay attention to what I say in the beginning and throughout):
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