Editorial of COMPACT-Spezial „War against Russia“ (Krieg gegen Russland)
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Germans and Russians
by Juergen Elsaesser, Editor-in-chief of COMPACT-Magazin
Deep in the collective memory of us Germans a few words linger that we cannot forget.
One is Stalingrad, when our Fathers or Grandfathers ate snow and vomited blood, because they were forbidden to capitulate; when a million were encircled, and survivors marched without boots on their way to imprisonment. Few made it back home.
Today the question is simple: should this folly repeat itself? Should Germans again lose their lives between the Volga and the Don in a senseless conflict? Our own dead exhort us to peace – and so does that long gone enemy.
Twenty-seven million Russians died by the German war machine, according to official Russian statistics. We don’t just address cold figures here, but recognize the essence of the tragedy: of all peoples, it was the Russians who paid the highest blood toll, even greater than the Jews.
While Israel still expects compensation—money or nuclear-submarines, the Russians forgave us long ago. Even Stalin rejected collective guilt: “Hitlers come and go, the German people remains”.
Thereafter, the political chains of Soviet occupation were so oppressive… that the communists actively promoted German culture. East Germany was never so Russified as West Germany was Americanized.
Sarah Wagenknecht (a prominent East German politician), Stalin’s prettiest daughter, had learnt Goethe by heart. Who among Western German politicians can match that?
The truth is that whenever Germans and Russians co-operated, be it under Otto Von Bismarck or Willy Brandt, it was not only good for both our peoples, but also for the whole continent; and what in the past stood between us, was only ever the extremisms of left and right.
Yet nobody in Germany wants another Hitler, and in Russia Socialisms is passé. We can become friends, if we respect our differences.
But the Americans cry we must nonetheless defend freedom. They are misled by the fact that the Cold War constellation has reversed.
Today the descendants of Stalin and Brezhnev are not to be found in Moscow, but in Brussels – this is where the Politburo resides, with all-powerful commissars. The more that Western Europe dechristianizes, the more the Third Rome reverts to the Faith.
The battle against the family, and virulent sexual re-education, are being inflicted in the EU under a heading called Gender Mainstream, to an extent that was not even the case with the early Bolsheviks.
And the national crippled Anti-fascism is under Angela Merkel a worse enemy for freedom of speech than it was under Erich Honecker. In other words, though Russia is no flawless democracy, more pluralism reigns there than in a US-Colony like Germany.
Every decent German has thus the duty to resist, and dissent from the warmongering against Putin. The encirclement of our neighbour to the East is not in ours, nor in the European interest, but only serves Anglo-American power.
One needs no doctoral degree to see through the transparent trick in rambling on about defending freedom to cover malice. When Washington and London speak of human rights, they are talking code for mining rights.
By the way, when feeling unsure about war and peace, don’t take advice from the media.
Talk rather with your dad or granddad about Stalingrad, and listen to yourself. What does your inner voice say?