Voices from Russia

Friday, 27 January 2012

The Truth on Talerhof… What the Catholics REALLY Did to Us

March held in Lvov by Orthodox to memorialise the Confessors and Martyrs of Talerhof… Sophia Kishkovsky, Victor Potapov, Anya Schmemann, the New York Times, and CNN didn’t tell you about it, did they? Oh, yes… Archbishop Avgustin Markevich of Lvov and all Galicia was one of the marchers…


Editor’s Foreword:

In light of the smarmy declaration just issued by the OCA regarding “Pan-Orthodoxy” and its fawning subservience to papist institutions, it’s time that we spoke the truth about the relations of papist states with Orthodox minorities. The papists have NEVER apologised for the atrocities of Talerhof and Terezín. Ordinary RCs and Uniates aren’t responsible (cut them a break, kids)… but the papist hierarchy is, and we should cut them no slack whatsoever until they show signs of abandoning papal supremacy and infallibility (which they won’t… don’t hold your breath… it’s not only unhealthy, it’s undignified, and it’s funny as all hell to all about you).

What follows is a translation of the Russian Wikipedia article on Talerhof, with information interpolated from other sources. Expect to hear the usual sources slam Wikipedia. I’ll simply observe that SVS is aggressive in its “editing” of English-language Wikipedia articles on Orthodoxy, removing all references to unpleasant truths such as the internecine Church war of the 60s through the ‘90s, and whitewashing thoroughly-questionable figures such as Aleksandr Schmemann, Pierre l’Huillier and Dmitri Royster. Ergo, it’s NOT an unimportant and unreliable source, otherwise, interested parties like the First Families wouldn’t get involved… the ROCOR’s as deeply involved in projecting a false image on Wikipedia as the OCA is, informed sources tell me that Whiteford (a real expert, no?) even edited an article or two.

If you do nothing else, click on the link to the Pravosalvie.ru article listed below. If you don’t know Russian, run a “machine” translation. It’s better than nothing, and, after you’re done, you’ll see the lying duplicity of people like Paffhausen, Psaryov, Behr, and Larina… they suck up to the worst sort of papists (and to Uniates… who attack the Church!), trampling Christ and His Church into the mud. As for me… I’m dead set against ecumenism, but I’m all for friendly relations between Christians. All decent people know what I mean…



Memorial Chapel in Feldkirchen bei Graz (Bezirk Graz-Umgebung. Bundesland Steiermark) AUSTRIA for the Martyrs and Confessors of Talerhof


Talerhof was an Austro-Hungarian concentration camp in existence between 4 September 1914 and 10 May 1917, in the early days of World War I. It was in a sandy valley at the foot of the Alps, near Graz, the main city of Steiermark; it was one of the first concentration camps in the history of the 20th century. The Habsburg authorities deported real and suspected Carpatho-Russian Russophiles from Galicia and Bukovina to Talerhof, usually due to denunciations from Roman Catholic Poles and Uniate Catholic Ukrainophile nationalist separatists. [1]

History of the Camp

The first batch of Russophiles from Galicia and Bukovina arrived in Graz on 4 September 1914, convoyed by soldiers. In September 1914, the Austrian authorities arrested almost the entire Russophile-oriented Lemko intelligentsia. Among them were priests, lawyers, and cultural activists. The Habsburgs suspected them of possible collaboration with the advancing Tsarist Russian Army that invaded Galicia at the outset of World War I. In the winter months of early 1915, there were no barracks at Talerhof, so people slept on the ground under the open sky in the rain and cold. [2] According to US Congressman  Joseph McCormick, the Austrians beat and tortured prisoners. [3] In an official report on 9 November 1914, Schleer reported that Talerhof held 5,700 Russophiles. Of this total, around 1,915 people (according to other sources, up to 5,000) were Lemkos from 151 villages in the Lemkovshchyna[4] Of those Lemkos incarcerated, 168 died, and many others had their health destroyed. The Habsburgs imprisoned about 20,000 Galician and Bukovinian Russophiles at Talerhof during its time of operation; they killed nearly 3,000 prisoners only in the first half-year. [2] According to Galician public figure Dmitri Markov, the imperial authorities executed 3,800 people only in the first half of 1915. [5] In May 1917, a decree of the last Austro-Hungarian Emperor, Karl I, ordered the camp’s closure. The barracks at the campsite stood until 1936, when the Austrians demolished them. At the same time, the Austrians exhumed 1,767 corpses, which they reburied in a mass grave near the village of Feldkirchen. [4] Currently, Graz-Thalerhof airport stands on the site of the former concentration camp, obliterating all traces of the enormity committed here.

Famous Inmates

On 29 August 1996, the ROCOR Holy Synod glorified Maksim Sandovich, the Protomartyr of Lemkovshchyna, who suffered death at the hands of the Habsburg authorities for his faith.



Here’s another excellent source (in Russian), it’s from Pravoslavie.ru, so, its semi-official, (also, Kirill Frolov’s the world-acknowledged expert on the genocide of the Carpatho-Russian Russophiles):



Note well that the HOOMie poseur Cornelia Rees did NOT translate this article… that means that Dickie Wood didn’t send it to her (I wonder what role he and Vlad Berzansky Jr played in the covering-up of pro-Russian and pro-Russophile material on English versions of Russian websites? Do they still do so after Dickie’s disgrace?)

A more “popular” grass-roots American po-nashemu account is here:


This is from Matushka Nina Stroyen… one of the first to publish “popular” material in English in Orthodox circles here in the diaspora. I’m honoured to know her… and humbled that she thinks well of me, by and large.


Editor’s Afterword:

Fathausen and the konvertsy are squalling about notional lunacies such as “Pan-Orthodoxy”… and they’re going to do it at a papist venue. They can’t even do it on their own turf (click here for a saccharine post on oca.org… be warned… it’s offensively treacly). Let’s keep it focused. You can honour the martyrs of Talerhof and keep the Faith as they did, or, you can follow Fathausen and spit on the Lord Christ’s very image by sucking up to the heterodox… indeed, to the very group that murdered the Confessors and Martyrs of Talerhof. They’ve NEVER repented of it, and they never shall. Ergo, we should politely refuse all invitations to take part of their convocations… to go and observe, that’s fine; to take part in such, with the unrepentant murderers of our co-religionists… no, a thousand times, no! You can emulate the Martyrs of Talerhof and St Maksim Sandovich… or you can support Fathausen, Vassa Larina, John Behr, and Andrei Psaryov. The two positions are utterly incompatible… however, is that such a hard choice?


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