The Mayakovskaya subway station still exists and seems to have the same decorations as in 1941.Continue reading Women and children hide from German bombs in the “Mayakovskaya” subway station (Moscow, 1941)
The above photograph was taken by a German and later confiscated by the Soviets. The two prisoners of war were killed by the Germans according to Einsatzbefehl Nr. 8 by Reinhard Heydrich from July 17, 1941. You can find an exerpt from it below.
Continue reading Soviet prisoners of war executed according to Einsatzbefehl Nr. 8 from July 17, 1941
Directives for “selecting” civilians and suspicious prisoners of war in the eastern campaign
The Wehrmacht is ordered to “select” from the prisoners of war thefollowing groups viewed as “Bolshevist”:
“It is above all necessary to find:
* all important functionaries of the state and the party,
* in particular,professional revolutionaries,
* Comintern functionaries,
* all leading functionaries of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and its subsidiary organizations in the central committees,
* the district and local committees,
* all peoples’ commissars and their representatives,
* all former political commissars of the Red Army,
* the leading personalities of the central and intermediate instances in the state bureaucracy,
* the leading personalities in the economic sector,
* the Soviet-Russian intelligentsia,
* all Jews,
* all persons who are deemed as stirrers or fanatical communists.”Order Nr. 8, appendix 2, from Reinhard Heydrich, Chief of Security Policeand the Security Service (SD), July 17, 1941 (excerpt)
The quote below is an excellent explanation why the Russians celebrate the end of World War II in Europe and the Germans don’t. Westerners (Germans, Austrians, and their allies) have long forgotten the war.
Russians and Jews haven’t.
The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion […] but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence.
Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Source: GoodReads (backup PDF)
Fragment of a letter from a German soldier German Fuchs about the siege of Leningrad (in which he participated):
Continue reading What ordinary Germans thought about the siege of Leningrad
Yesterday and today there was a genuine hell, here, next to Petersburg. Yesterday we attacked a giant line of fortifications.
The artillery shot without interruption for a whole day. In the incessant fire it was impossible to recognize the individual shots. Now that hell starts again.
In the port of Petersburg there is one battleship and several cruisers. It is hard to imagine, what craters the shell form when they explode. One of them detonated at a distance of 200 meters [656 feet] from me. I can tell you this: For what it’s worth, I zoomed two meters above ground.
There are craters from shells all over the place. Here an arm lies around, there — a leg, there — a head. Other [Nazi soldiers] have several wounds — an eternal memory about the Russians.
We need to exterminate them with iron, otherwise we can’t handle them.