One can take the above quote two ways. Firstly, it means that ALL of Russian history is ours… the old Empire, the USSR, the Nasty Nineties (when the ROCOR stabbed the Motherland in the back at the behest of Langley)… it’s all ours, and all of it holds lessons for us. Those who attack the Soviet legacy (like an ignorant loudmouth priest on the ROCOR official website) are WRONG… you’ll usually find them to be nasty-minded enablers of the worst greedster elements of the American Hard Right. Anyone who wants to “erase” the Soviet legacy is a damned fool… and HH showed us that by his honouring of the podvig of the Red Army at Stalingrad (then again, he doesn’t have KONR and Vlasovtsy traitors in his family tree, does he?).
Secondly, it means that we can’t erase portions of our history merely because they’re “inconvenient” for this one or that one amongst the powers-that-be. Here in the Russian Orthodox diaspora, we have to stop lying about our past (for that’s what we’re doing now… and it’s WRONG). We have to own up to the Church War and to Feodosy Lazor and to Gleb Podmoshensky (and to Seraphim Rose, who wasn’t wrapped overly-tightly) and to Seraphim Storheim. If we don’t, we not only won’t grow, we’ll stop living, and we’ll die out (deservedly).
All of our history is ours… none of it’s so shameful that we need to hide any of it. It’s what our forebears did. They did their best… just as we try to. They did wrong things (and dumb things), just as we do. Don’t attend to anyone who attacks this or that part of our past. They have agendas… they’re evil. After all, if the truth sets you free, then, falsehood fastens chains around us. Keep that in mind when you hear certain loud sorts condemn Stalin… and when those same sorts try to cover over inconvenient truths about our Church history. Keep your wits about you and remember that knowledge is NEVER a bad thing.
Никто не забыт и ничто не забыто… No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten.
Keep it focused…