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Monday, 12 February 2018

Sophie Scholl Was Beheaded at 21 for Standing Up to the Nazis: She Distributed Anti-Nazi Pamphlets at the University of München

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Like most German children in the 1930s, Sophie Scholl and her five siblings joined Nazi youth groups. However, Sophie and her brother Hans grew outraged that educated Germans went along with racist Nazi policies. In 1942, the two siblings, along with their friend Christoph Probst, amongst others, started a secret society known as the White Rose Circle. The group painted anti-Nazi slogans on the campus of the University of München and distributed pamphlets detailing the genocide of Jewish people. A White Rose pamphlet read:

Since the conquest of Poland, 300,000 Jews have been murdered, a crime against humanity.

They implored readers not to be complicit:

Who among us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil falls from our eyes and the most horrible crimes reach the light of day?

Scholl’s father, an avowed anti-Nazi arrested for criticising Hitler to a colleague, raised his children to stand up for what they believed in their hearts:

What I want for you is to live in uprightness and freedom of spirit, no matter how difficult that proves to be.

His words were prophetic. In October 1943, a Nazi court sentenced Sophie and Hans Scholl, along with Christoph Probst, to death by guillotine. Before her execution at the age of 21, Sophie said:

Such a fine sunny day and I have to go. However, what does my death matter if thousands of people are awakened through us and stirred to action?”

6 February 2018

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Saturday, 10 February 2018

10 February 2018. My Take on Anti-Semitism

The Galician Uniate nationalists spewed anti-Semitism under the Nazis… they do so today. They’re fascists, too… fancy that…

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Usually, if you find anti-Semitism, you find fascism… they walk hand in hand. Likewise, if you find true brotherhood, socialism isn’t far behind. Don’t let the loud bleats of identity politics and racism blur your vision. The powers-that-be use them to split us… so beware.

BMD

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Stjepan Stevo Filipović (1916-42): His Spirit Will Never Die

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102 years ago, Stjepan Stevo Filipović was born on 27 January 1916. Filipović was a Yugoslav communist, a partisan, and People’s Hero of Yugoslavia, the “Yugoslav Che Guevara”. He was born in Opuzen in Croatia, then part of Austria-Hungary. He was a locksmith by trade. He graduated from primary school, then, his family moved to Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina), where he graduated from the second level at the gymnasium. After that, he studied in Sirmii and Kragujevac (Serbia).

He was an active revolutionary since 1937, actively involved in demonstrations and strikes, for which he went to prison for a year in 1939. In 1940, he joined the Communist Party of Yugoslavia. Filipović then did party work on the local level in Kragujevac; after the occupation of Yugoslavia by German troops in April 1941, the Party transferred him to Valjevo. There, he helped to set up clandestine radio stations and trained the first partisan groups. His personal courage and bravery in combat made him the commander of the local unit. On 15 August 1941, in an attack on Lajkovac, Filipović, armed only with a gun and grenades, put to flight a German machine-gun detachment squad. In this battle, his unit killed and wounded around 40 German soldiers. He received a commendation from Tito, the commander of the partisan forces. He received such again for his attack on Krupan.

At the end of September 1941, he was commissar of his unit for a short while. When his unit received reinforcements, he became a battalion commander. On 24 February 1942, the Chetniks ambushed Filipović… they wounded him and took him captive. The Chetniks handed him over to the Germans in Sabac, they transported him to Valjevo and tortured him for two months. A court sentenced him to death, with the execution date set for 22 May 1942. The Germans made all the locals come to the execution. In his last moments, Filipović spoke about the partisan movement, reminding them that the Red Army’s victory was inevitable and that the cruelty and bestiality of the fascist invaders would bring a prompt and just punishment to them. A photographer managed to capture the moment when Filipović spoke the words that became the slogan of the antifascist movement in Yugoslavia… “Death to fascism, freedom to the people!” Unable to stop the “communist propaganda”, the executioner decided not to wait for the appointed time, but to execute Filipović immediately. The execution took place 15 minutes earlier than planned.

On 16 February 1949, Filipović won the highest Yugoslav award, People’s Hero of Yugoslavia. On 28 October 1960, they dedicated a monument to Filipović in Valjevo. In the 1980 s, a monument existed in Filipović’s hometown of Opuzen, but in 1991 Croatian nationalists destroyed it. The modern Yugoslav left respects Stjepan Filipović, “our Che Guevara”, for his bravery, honesty, fearlessness, and internationalism.

27 January 2018

Yevgeny Ivanov

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Monday, 23 October 2017

23 October 2017. Aleksei Zhuravko: New Graves For ATO Dead

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Dear Friends!

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

I continue to call upon true Ukrainian patriots, who know full-well that Russia isn’t an aggressor and it isn’t at war with our government. It’s a fraternal people! The other day I posted that the bloody Ukrainian authorities are preparing new burial sites for ATO casualties all over the country. This time I called my contacts in Dnepropetrovsk, Lvov, Ivano-Frankovsk, Nikolayev, and Odessa. I want to give you one example from Odessa. I spoke with a man who’s a Peoples Deputy from Odessa. He reminded me of a video posted long ago on the social networks showing the mass graves of unknown people.

Today, there’s a heavy guard over the area. Other cemeteries have fresh graves; they’ve dug 10 to 40 additional pits. This situation is the same in almost every cemetery in Odessa and the surrounding oblast. There are also a growing number of unidentified burial sites of ATO dead. The state allocates funds for such funerals immediately. However, as always, social spending gets nothing. They only bring in the ATO dead to the morgue at night and carefully hide the information from their loved ones. They try to dress the body in the appropriate uniform and prepare it for burial. Moreover, the morgue staff said that many of the bodies come to them lacking internal organs. If they can’t identify a body, they send it to the crematorium, burn it, and toss the ashes down the sewer. They conceal everything very carefully.

They bury some of the ATO dead in unmarked graves… their mothers think that their sons are merely missing in action. After my post, I received a message that they started to dig new graves in Dnepropetrovsk. People ask the cemetery workers, “Why are you digging so many graves?” The workers reply that winter’s coming, the ground hardens, and it’s difficult to dig graves. It’s amazing that all these graves are in one straight line. My contact also told me that the cemetery workers said that the graves were for Ukrainian soldiers. That’s the exact same situation as in the other areas I mentioned.

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It is a pity that the Ukrainian people don’t understand where this leads and what the country is becoming. [The junta] is leading us all to a large newly-dug cemetery they call “the new European future”.

In Respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

21 October 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko

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