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I just think it’s important to remind everyone now and then that Albert Einstein was a communist which is good because communism is good.

Ps source is in the upper left corner of the image, I recommend reading it. It’s good.


[photo: Soldiers of the Soviet Red Army greeting the surviving children of Auschwitz Concentration Camp, 27th of January, 1945]

72 years ago, as the Soviet Red Army and the Polish People’s Army advanced westwards to liberate Poland from German Nazi occupation, on the 27th of January, 1945, the First Ukrainian Front of the Red Army under the command of Marshal Ivan Konev arrived at the gates of Auschwitz Concentration Camp, liberating its 54,651 surviving inmates whom the Nazi SS imprisoned. As the Soviet soldiers open the gates inscribed with the fascist slogan “arbeit macht frei”, releasing the surviving prisoners of Auschwitz, they were greeted with utmost joy and relief by the prisoners, as their ordeal of years of the most brutal fascist oppression has finally ended. Entering the concentration camp, the soldiers of the Soviet Red Army discover the horrifying graphic evidence of the Nazis’ torture, human experimentation, and mass extermination of Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, invalids, homosexuals, communists, and anyone they deem as “untermensch” (“subhuman”).

Afterwards, the survivors of Auscwhitz were immediately brought to medical attention by the Soviet Red Army to be nurtured back to health. Rudolf Höß, the commandant of Auschwitz Concentration Camp, was executed by the troops of the Polish People’s Army at the site of the camp on the 16th of April, 1947 after being tried and sentenced to death in Warsaw by the Supreme National Tribunal of the Polish People’s Republic. On the 1st of November, 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Resolution 60/7 to annually commemorate the 27th of January, the anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in 1945, as “International Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

March 17, 1991: 26 years ago today, the Soviet people voted to preserve the USSR.

The referendum held on March 17, 1991, stated: “Do you consider necessary the preservation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as a renewed federation of equal sovereign republics in which the rights and freedom of an individual of any nationality will be fully guaranteed?”

In defiance of the counter-revolutionaries who had seized the governing apparatus and the leadership of the CPSU, an overwhelming majority of Soviet citizens IN EVERY REPUBLIC voted “Yes.” The only exception was in a few republics where the “democrats” in power did not allow the vote to take place. Elsewhere there was 80 percent voter turnout.

For: 113,512,812 - 77.8%
Against: 32,303,977 - 22.2%

Despite the vote, the U.S.-backed Gorbachev-Yeltsin leadership illegally dissolved the USSR on December 26, 1991.

Full figures here:,_1991

The Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania or Act of March 11 (Lithuanian: Aktas dėl Lietuvos nepriklausomos valstybės atstatymo) was an independence declaration by the Lithuanian Socialist Republic adopted on March 11, 1990, signed by all members of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania led by Sąjudis. The act emphasized restoration and legal continuity of the interwar-period Lithuania, which was occupied by the USSR and lost independence in June 1940. It was the first time that a Union Republic declared independence from the dissolving Soviet Union.

If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs.
—  James Connolly, ‘Socialism and Nationalism’ (1897)

1919 was the year the trouble all went down
The Defence of the Realm Act was invoked by the Crown
They imposed martial law upon old Limerick town
And they made the local people foot the bill

The local trades and workers council met for 12 long hours
And said we will not recognise the British Army’s powers
This city is the people’s, we reclaim it now as ours
It ever was and shall be ever still

We are the Limerick Soviet
We only answer to the people’s plea
We care no more for their martial law
Than the British Army cares for you and me

The printing workers laboured through the darkness of the night
To urge the population to resist the army’s might
Within two hours the city walls proclaimed a General Strike
And Limerick responded to the call

Workers in their thousands were parading through the streets
The Irish Times was horrified and called for their defeat
For the people were in charge now not the Army or elite
They held the torch of freedom for us all

We are the Limerick Soviet
We only answer to the people’s plea
We care no more for their martial law
Than the British Army cares for you and me

The Soviet of Limerick it lasted two weeks long
A forgotten revolution overlooked by history’s song
John Cronin and his strike committee’s beacon has not gone
It lights the path to justice for us still

We are the Limerick Soviet
We only answer to the people’s plea
We care no more for their martial law
Than the British Army cares for you and me

March 21, 1883: Birthday of Vladimir Antonov-Ovseyenko, prominent Ukrainian Bolshevik leader.

During the Revolution of 1905, he led an uprising in Poland and Crimea. He was subsequently arrested and sentenced to twenty years’ exile in Siberia. He soon escaped and by 1910 had emigrated to Paris. In May 1917 he returned to Russia.

On November 7 (October 25), 1917, he led the revolutionary forces to storm the Winter Palace, and arrested the ministers of the Russian Provisional Government.

On December 21, 1917, Antonov-Ovseyenko was put in charge of the Red Army in Ukraine and southern Russia. The army subsequently captured Kharkov, where Soviet power in Ukraine was proclaimed. In 1918 and 1919, Antonov-Ovseyenko oversaw the defeat of Ukrainian nationalist and White Army forces in Ukraine, ensuring the creation of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

In 1936-37 he was a Soviet consul in Barcelona where he tried to defend the line of providing support also to anarcho-syndicalists and POUM. After that, he was recalled and purged in 1938. Rehabilitated in 1956.

Via Dmytriy Kovalevich