Thursday, February 22, 2007

On history

Recent drum-beating around a certain statue in Tallinn and the statements of a certain party leader almost had me on a brink of writing a long and angry post on how evil ideologies still linger on just because they managed to kill off another evil ideology and how they affect the ability of people to see situations from another perspective.

I am not going to. There's no point. Instead, I suggest (assuming you are already familiar with the basic ideology of the Nazi party) you read up on following topics and books. Google is good, wikipedia can be altered, books by academic historians are the best.

  1. The White Sea Channel and its economic importance. Hint: a couple of years ago one still could buy cigarettes with that name in St. Petersburg
  2. The Vlassov Army
  3. Metsavennad (the Forest Brotherhood). Hint: the last of them in Estonia was killed in 1976 _after_ the Beatles had come and gone.
  4. The White Book
  5. The GULAG Archipelago by Alexandr Solzhenitsõn
  6. Resistance movement in Ukraine
  7. The Volga Hunger
  8. Katõn
  9. Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
And better still: if you have any Estonian (or in fact Russian) friends ask them about the destiny of their grandparents.

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