Liberation- Russian Style

This was the title of the book that my father gave me to read which explained how he and his family, amongst many thousands of others, were “liberated” from their homes in February to April 1940, for being “enemies of the people”. The weeks before had seen the breadwinners being taken off and imprisoned and later shot in what was to be known as the crime of Katyń; meanwhile the families were deported – transported – to the wastes of Siberia by cattle truck. A three or four week journey where many died on the way.

The recent news of course reminds us of the horrors of the soviet excesses. Will it be any different now? Putin has come in to “liberate” the Ukrainians. Orwellian newspeak par excellence.

The picture is of my father’s family home in Lwów. We went there 4 years ago, hoping to go back soon. The pandemic stopped us – but now?

I watch the news with more and more perturbation at the enormity of what is happening.

Does history really need to repeat itself?

6 comments on “Liberation- Russian Style

  1. Life goes in circles and, unfortunately, people are just as cruel and stupid now as they were in the past. The other side of that coin is that they are also just as clever and kind. Let’s hope the other side grows and prevails.

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  2. Thankfully I have never experienced war on a large scale although as an ex-British Soldier I do understand the consequences of WAR. My personal claim to fame was being held in the outstretched arms of Gen S. Maczek as an inspiration and incentive to the 1st Polish Armored Division just prior to their departure to Normandy in 1944. When he declared, “This is what we are fighting for”. I was only a few days old at the time. If interested in more detail see my book, Son of A Reluctant Immigrant.

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