Voices from Russia

Monday, 8 May 2017

8 May 2017. Why Do We Celebrate This Day? We Remember That the Red Army Liberated the Fascist Death Camps and Freed the Survivors

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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

6 September 2011. Lest We Forget… Pat Buchanan Pooh-Poohs the Nazi Threat

Pat Buchanan winks at THIS… it wasn’t a big deal, he claims! None dare call it by its proper name… none dare call monsters such as Mr BuKKKanan “evil”… that’s an indictment of us…

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Read this:

http://news.yahoo.com/looking-back-good-war-070000363.html

Mr Buchanan ignores the rampage of Kristallnacht (that did happen BEFORE WWII, after all)… he ignores the Kaufft nicht bei Juden signs carried by SA thugs in front of Jewish-owned stores (to their credit, many Germans ignored the signs and patronised them anyway)… he ignores the institutionalised racism of the Nürnberg Laws (that’s because they were too close to Plessy vs Ferguson and the Jim Crow laws)… he ignores the steady and increasing persecution of serious Christians (such as the imprisonment of Pastor Niemöller in Dachau)… he ignores the horror of the euthanasia mill at Hadamar (they were only “useless eaters” with a “low quality of life”)… he ignores the Endlösung (Final Solution) (what’s six million between friends?)… he ignores the razzias rounding up slave labour for Greater Germany amongst the “Untermenschtumen” of Europe (he’s not against the human costs involved in outsourcing and globalisation that undergird his prosperity). He winks at it all… and why shouldn’t he? He advocates the same sort of authoritarian solutions for the USA… the suppression of the trades unions, the silencing of dissent, the impoverishment of the working class, the abuse of racial and ethnic minorities as slave labour for the Master Race, and the hounding of “unpopular” minorities.

Like calls unto like… NEVER forget that!

BMD

Monday, 15 March 2010

On the Passing of One of My Favourite Pop Stars…

Jean Ferrat (1930-2010)… the voice may now be silent, but its echo lives on in our hearts.

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On Saturday, 13 March, one of my favourite pop singers died. Jean Ferrat, who was 79, died after a long illness. M Ferrat was always faithful to his muse and was one of the most beautiful balladeers of his time. “He was a communist”… that’s true, does that make him an ogre? Today, many (if not most) of the Russian communists are believers, so, get real (there are all too many who use Orthodoxy as an apologia for unbridled capitalism… that’s wicked)!

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Always, M Ferrat stayed faithful to traditional chanson singing, which is so similar to our Russian romances. Yes, they’re sentimental and can be treacly in the wrong hands, but when they are sung by a master like Jean Ferrat, it sends tingles down to your very toes. If you have contact with the French-speaking world, you know how great a talent he was. Even President Sarkozy, a political rival, spoke his praises, saying, “With the passing of Jean Ferrat, an uncompromising creator of French song leaves us”. He also spoke of “his unforgettable songs”.

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M Ferrat embodied France just as Edith Piaf did. “His songs were anthems of resistance. He was an untiring struggler against all forms of oppression”, according to Martine Aubry, the leader of the French Socialist Party. “One of the last giants of French music is dead”, headlined the daily Le Parisien, while the Journal du Dimanche said goodbye just on its front page to a “a faithful man”.

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One of his most meaningful songs was Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog). His father was deported to Auschwitz and died there. I must add that if there is a despicable lot, it’s those who deny the reality of the Nazi extermination camps. They spit on the memories of the innocent dead. On the other hand, I also oppose persecuting the old coots who were guards… they didn’t order it, after all. Let them live their last years in peace.

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I mourn the passing of a great man. We’re all the poorer without his presence. Memory eternal, Jean.

BMD

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