soviet prison

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a horrific center of terror during the Holocaust. On January 27, 1945– almost 12 years to the day of when the Nazi party rose to power in Germany– soldiers from the Soviet Union ended the pain and suffering for all of those who were not murdered or weakened from the elements, starvation and pain from the perpetrators.

In honor of this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I am choosing to remember and honor our beloved who perished: 6,000,000 Jews; 3,300,000 Soviet Union Prisoners of War; 2,000,000 Poles; 300,000 Romani; 250,000 disabled individuals; 10,000 LGBTQ individuals; 4,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses. Can you imagine 11,000,000 people being wiped off the face of this earth in a short period of time?

Zichronam Livracha, may the memories of all who perished be for a blessing and their families have a renewal of spirit as we stand with them in honor of their loved ones.

On this day, I am also choosing to honor all of those who survived and the heroes who will go down in history because they saved others.

In the words of Elie Weisel, “A destruction only man can provoke, only man can prevent. Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other.”

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The AZOV movement created a political party “National Corps”

October 14, 2016, on the traditional holiday of Ukrainian military honor, in Kyiv was held a congress of the political party of the AZOV movement - National Corps. Established on a basis of the AZOV Civil Corps, it united veterans of the AZOV regiment, patriots and activists.

Andriy Biletsky, the founder and the first commander of the AZOV regiment, MP, was unanimously elected the leader of the party by 292 delegates from all regions of Ukraine. Levko Lukyanenko and Myroslav Symchych, prisoners of Soviet camps and veterans of the struggle for independence, as well as acclaimed Ukrainian writer Vasyl Shkliar, among others, the author of the book on the glorious path of the AZOV regiment, congratulated the congress participants on the emergence of the new nationalist force. Musician Arseniy Bilodub, the vocalist of the famous band “Sokyra Peruna,” on behalf of Right Sector wished good luck to National Corps and underlined that Ukrainian nationalist organizations were comrades, not rivals. The AZOV regiment was represented on a scene by its acting commander, Mosse, who made it clear that the new party defends the interests of the state and all Ukrainian soldiers who struggled and laid down their lives for Ukraine: their goal was not capitulation almost signed by the current Ukrainian authorities.

Before the presentation of the party program, was shown the video disclosing the history of the AZOV movement. Afterwards the delegates approved the Party Program and Charter. In his salutatory speech Andriy Biletsky, the leader of National Corps, emphasized the following: “We have to become not the party of words, but deeds. Enough of words. Ukraine needs deeds.”

The first principle of the program presentation was the need to build up the Baltic-Black Sea Union (Intermarium). The West, USA in particular, betrayed the obligation to defend Ukraine’s territorial integrity under the Budapest memorandum in exchange for the renunciation of nuclear weapons by the latter. Instead of developing the geopolitical bloc comprised of Ukraine’s natural regional allies, the Ukrainian government and president literally kneel in front of an international community asking for aid. Thus Ukraine’s defense priority would be the restoration of the nuclear potential, aircraft and rocket building, as well as the creation of powerful Armed Forces consisting of a professional army based on contract principles and a defense army based on territorial principles. Moreover, will be established the professional Foreign Legion aimed at protecting Ukrainian interests on the international arena. “We have the internal knowledge of the situation on the front and thus are able to secure the victory of Ukraine,” said the party representative.

In the field of foreign policy and defense were suggested the following steps: the unilateral denunciation of the 1997 Treaty of Friendship between Ukraine and Russia; recognition of the Russian Federation an aggressor at all levels of global politics and international diplomacy; restoring diplomatic relations with Russia only after the de-occupation of the Crimea and Donbas, as well as paying reparations by Russia; legalization of the right to armed self-defense in Ukraine.

Further, were highlighted the economic reasons for Ukraine’s status of a superstate: instead of giving away the remnants of the Soviet legacy and offering to the West cheap resources and semi-manufactured products, Ukraine should implement new global projects based on its huge education and scientific potential and take advantage of its geopolitical position, transport corridors and rich soil, as well as other natural resources. The time of economic nationalism has come: Ukraine should carry out the Fourth Industrial Revolution in such domains as information technologies, biotechnologies, energetics, transport, a military-industrial complex and agriculture. Ukraine’s economy must be mixed: National Corps suggests the nationalization of strategic economy branches and at the same time maximal support for private entrepreneuring in the rest of domestic and foreign economic fields, reduction of the tax burden in particular. Fast modernization of the Ukrainian economy presupposes the establishment of the national investment foundation. Energy autarky would be based on the rapid development of nuclear and thermonuclear industry.

In domestic policy and the structure of government was stressed the role of a strong national leader who would be both the commander-in-chief and the head of executive power. Simultaneously, his personal responsibility is secured by the strict procedure of impeachment. The same goes for the officials who must be ready for the resumption of the death penalty as an exceptional measure of punishment for treason and embezzlement of public funds. Judges and law enforcement should be elected on a regional basis. Moreover, the majority of social issues should be discussed at the local referendums. Decentralization, debureaucratization and liquidation of corruption would be achieved, among others, by means of electronic government. Strength, Prosperity and Order are the main principles which summarize the party program.

The congress was attended by foreign delegates from Eastern, Central and Western Europe (Poland, Latvia, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Germany).

Celebration of the party congress and Ukraine’s Defender Day by National Corps ended with the massive “March of the Nation” with the participation of Right Sector, C14 and other nationalist formations that joined the procession.

Unteroffizier Hans Klemm (born September 27th, 1916, Stolp, Pommerania, Prussia - now Slupsk, Poland) of 2. Kompanie/Infanterie-Regiment “Großdeutschland” 1/ Infanterie-Division “Großdeutschland” (mot.). 

He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on December 10, 1942 at Belogurovo, Soviet Union. There are conflicting reports as to what his fate was, some sources say he survived the war, while another claims that he died in a Soviet prison camp. 

Gesichter der Ostfront

A soldier from the Das Reich Division interrogates a wounded Soviet prisoner during Operation Zitadelle in July 1943. Information of immediate tactical value such as unit designation, strength, types of weapons, morale, and immediate plans were sought.

Today, at sundown, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) will begin, please take a few minutes out of your day to remember the 6 million Jews, 3 million Soviet prisoners of war, 3 million Polish Catholics, 700,000 Serbians, 250,000 Roma, 80,000 German Religious and Political prisoners, 70,000 disabled German citizens, 12,000 homosexuals, and 2,500 Jehovah’s Witnesses who were slaughtered. Never forget.