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The Braves - Chapter 1.

Today is a very special day.

It’s @titaniasfics birthday.

Everybody knows what she did for the fandom, how she helped, beta-ed, encouraged so many of us, how she believed in us, every single day.

So today, please, let’s join into celebrating her.

My dear C, here is for you … the WW2 story I told you about.

@akai-echo just surpassed herself with the banner (it’s so perfect !!!) and @dandelion-sunset did the beta-ing part :)


Un très joyeux anniversaire !!!

With love!

THE BRAVES

Chapter 1.

“God not only plays dice, he also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen.” Stephen Hawkings.

April 1942, Panem, France.

Rain was falling heavily on the trees, clicking on the roofs, echoing in the streets of the town, soaking the man’s shirt.

But he couldn’t move.

One single move, and the sentinel standing closeby would undoubtedly see him.

He just couldn’t get caught.

There were barely two hundred meters left to reach Peeta’s house, to get to the safety of his home. Two hundred meters, but they were always the longest and most dangerous.

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Today in history: April 11, 1945 - Prisoners at the Nazis’ Buchenwald concentration camp rise up inside the camp and liberate the camp.

Led by the communists imprisoned there, they forced the Nazis who ran the camp to flee. This was the only Nazi concentration camp where the prisoners liberated the camp themselves. When U.S. troops arrived shortly thereafter, they found the communist concentration camp survivors in control of the camp. For years leading up to that time, communist prisoners and other prisoners from many countries formed an underground resistance inside the camp that was united into a Popular Front Committee.

(image: Sculpture erected in 1958 by East Germany at Buchenwald commemorating the resistance to the Nazis inside the concentration camp.)

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)

The Polish Soldier Who Snuck Into Auschwitz and Was First to Report on the Horrors Inside

On September 19, 1940, Witold Pilecki, a Polish soldier, was captured by German SS officers and sent to the concentration camp in Auschwitz. Considering he was a spy, things had turned out exactly as he’d planned. Captain Pilecki’s mission was to organize resistance from within the most horrific symbol of the Holocaust, send information to the Allies, and record the horrors he witnessed for the sake of history.

Pilecki arrived in Auschwitz sometime in the evening between September 21 and 22, 1940, and described what he found as “another planet"—a hell in which every building’s walls were covered in swastikas and corpses lay everywhere. Pilecki went on to live in inhumane conditions for nearly 1,000 days and become the first person to inform the Allies about the appalling conditions of detention and the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime.

Pilecki’s comprehensive 1945 report on his undercover mission was published in English in 2012 under the title The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery. Yet, for some reason, his story still isn’t widely known. I wanted to know more about the career of this exceptional man, so I got in touch with the people who recently translated the book in French—former director of the AFP bureau in Warsaw, Urszula Hyzy, and Patrick Godfard, who is a professor of history.

VICE: The book was published in English in 2012, with the New York Times describing it as "a historical document of the greatest importance.” How come it was only translated to French now?
Urszula Hyzy and Patrick Godfard: Pilecki was a “disturbing” character for the Allies, who pretended for a long time not to know what was happening in the camps, and for the Communists, who were responsible for his death in 1948. In communist Poland, it was forbidden to talk about Pilecki and his children were barred from higher education.

The Auschwitz Volunteer remained in the archives of the Polish Underground Movement Study Trust in London [Studium Polski Podziemnej] before being discovered by the historian and former prisoner Józef Garlinski, who wrote Fighting Auschwitz: The Resistance Movement in the Concentration Camp in the 1970s. It was not until after the end of the Cold War that the book was published in Poland.

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NO. 77 SQN RAAF IN BUTTERWORTH, MALAYA

No. 77 Squadron RAAF Sabres lined up on the tarmac at Butterworth in 1960 in support of the Malayan Emergency.
The first Sabre operation of the Emergency took place on 13 August 1959 when pilots dive-bombed communist camps and supply dumps near the Thai-Malaya border.
By the time Australian Sabres arrived, however, the Emergency was all but over and their operational role was limited.
Image courtesy of Kevin Stapleton

January 21, 1924: Death of Comrade V.I. Lenin, founder of the Bolshevik Party, leader of Russia’s socialist revolution, great teacher of the world working class.

Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban Revolution, speaks before a portrait of Lenin.

Comrades Kim Il Sung of Korea and Mao Zedong of China.

“We are for peace. But so long as U.S. imperialism refuses to give up its arrogant and unreasonable demands and its scheme to extend aggression, the only course for the Chinese people is to remain determined to go on fighting side by side with the Korean people. Not that we are warlike. We are willing to stop the war at once and leave the remaining questions for later settlement. However, U.S. imperialism is not willing to do so. All right then let the fighting go on. However many years U.S. imperialism wants to fight, we are ready to fight right up to the moment when it is willing to stop, right up to the moment of complete victory for the Chinese and Korean peoples.”

- Mao Zedong, Speech at the Fourth Session of the First National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (February 7, 1953).

Leninism in Practice: Academic Reading

For @sapphicabstractions (part 1 of what will probably be a lot)

CPUSA and the American Old Left

  • The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century by Michael Denning
  • Japanese and Chinese Immigrant Activists: Organizing in American and International Communist Movements, 1919–1933 by Josephine Fowler
  • Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism by Erik S. McDuffie
  • Raising Reds: The Young Pioneers, Radical Summer Camps, and Communist Political Culture in the United States by Paul Mishler
  • The Communist International and US Communism, 1919-1929 by Jacob Zumoff
  • The Cry Was Unity: Communists and African Americans, 1917-36 by Mark Solomon
  • Red Feminism: American Communism and the Making of Women’s Liberation by Kate Wiegand
  • The CIO’s Left-Led Unions edited by Steve Rossworm

Local Histories

  • Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression by Robin D.G. Kelley
  • Communists in Harlem during the Depression by Mark Naison
  • Red Chicago: American Communism at its Grassroots, 1928-35 by Randi Storch
  • Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Civil Rights, and the New York City Teachers Union by Clarence Taylor
  • The History of the North Carolina Communist Party by Gregory S. Taylor

Biography

  • Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones by Carole Boyce Davies
  • Black Bolshevik: Autobiography of an Afro-American Communist by Harry Haywood
  • James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890-1928 by Bryan D. Palmer
  • The Narrative of Hosea Hudson: His Life as a Negro Communist in the South by Nell Irvin Painter
  • Un-American: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution by Bill V. Mullen
  • The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s by Mary Helen Washington (series of biographical chapters on Charles White, Lloyd Brown, Frank London Brown, Alice Childress, and Gwendolyn Brooks)