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I am a survivor of socialism and I blog here whenever I feel like it, sharing the truth and insights of being a hostage to socialism for the first 18 years of my life and having the courage to escape it.

I have journeyed from behind The Iron Curtain to FREEDOM and I will never give it up! 

I write about my experiences, past and current, through my life, my eyes, my heart. I hope you find something that will resonate with you. If not now, maybe in the future.

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Why Trump2020 is The Only Choice, Unless You Are a Socialist

Posted by Marina B on October 24, 2020 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Photo Credit: Diana Mustain Watt

Pumpkin Carving Artist: Hannah Watt

 

In the real world, people need to make simple choices – life is complicated as it is, in an overly convoluted way. Every day we are losing more of our once famous “American privacy,” as the Big Techs encroach into our individual worlds by offering us conveniently fast means of modern communication to which we are, let’s face it, addictively hooked, and for which we pay dearly with their demands on our time, finances and freedoms. And they censor us a la wartime censorship departments…arbitrarily, and we have been tolerating it…and so that circle goes.

 

I look at America’s presidential choice through the prism of my personal journey away from socialism, atheism, socialized medicine, statelessness, and ask why?

Most Americans are so mercantile. Serve them the wrong size coffee or a wrong condiment and they notice, complain, demand refund. The Clintons and Obamas robbed them blind and they ate it up. I think it is because the currently living generations had never learned how to do without. Some call them “spoiled.” I think they are blessed by their abundances and yet at the same time are not burdened by their complacency. Last March, severe deficit of toilet paper and hand sanitizer gave them a little preview of socialist reality, had they cared to analyze. But as soon as they got their replacements, all was forgotten, no lasting lesson learned and that is why and how everything got twisted into a historically inaccurate mess as we watched Donald Trump solve the crisis, build committees and alliances, while his Democrat nemeses could hardly conceal their envy – yes envy – that he was successful at that, too! (Think Brothers Cuomo!) The entire unfortunate and tragic idiocy of The Summer of Floyd followed. Insane! But like the obediently complacent sheep, a large portion of populous predictably grew weak in the knees, brains, hearts.

You all know The Truth.

It is impossible not to know it, no matter the views or experience. Truth is Truth and always is. It’s just that for some it is inconvenient, for others, not profitable, a few are in denial of it, and so it wilts, like a house plant of a traveling family, without water, but is always ready to perk up as soon as the roots get water circulating up the stem.

For the past five years Donald J. Trump has been that water source of The American Truth. He’s been watering the roots of our plants – our souls – and reminding us to remember to send a vital supply of nourishment to our brains and hearts. Americans, mercantile or not, have historically excellent hearts. None of this USA experiment would have been achievable without that prerequisite. In our American hearts Truth occupies a special chamber. Some may just need a stent or two to clear the pathway.

At the very least in 2016, they were “With Her”, an understandable desire to get a female into Presidency, even though that specific choice was soiled and sordid.

In advancing a washed up old white man without emulatable accomplishments to a nomination, the Democrat Party now demonstrated their corrupt essence. Through covering up and censorship, the MSM demonstrated their uselessness. Perhaps, conventional Media had outlived its useful life and became obsolete, like the old inventory does when the product demand dries up. Besides, neither the Media nor The Democrat Party itself have contributed anything of a significant value to the United States of America for too long a run. Like two decades. As often happens in decaying organizations and companies, they are only plucking at their slice of the pie, hoarding the crust in their caves and dens, and threaten those seeing The Truth with the Dark Winter they’d call upon if and when they regain the reigns.

Like a socialite debutante or a beauty pageant contestant, whose lies about wanting “world peace” whilst really coveting that year of crowned glory and earnings, Candidate Joe is willing to say anything at all that he deems will appeal to his pageant audience, even though they all know it is ALL LIES!

There are different sets and standards of expectations for each of the two candidates, where there should exist only one – leadership of good old USA.

A former auditor, I assume that everyone is suspect, but I also have that impeccable auditor’s sense that led me to catching several serious thieves during my career. A thief, even when cornered, continues to push the same or invent new lies. Joe is excellent at that. Much better than Trump could ever be. But it’s just not his game. He is not a politician. He’s been learning on the job at a very vigorous 74 and doing better than most of his predecessors, ever!

I believed in the promise of Trump since 2015. Perhaps not as immediately as when he descended down that escalator. I admired Ben Carson for his unmatched bravery at the National Prayer Breakfast where he was the first one who dared to publically confront Obama. And I certainly was not “With Her”. Why would anyone in their right mind trust a woman, a mother, who heartlessly went to bed as 9-11-Benghazi unfolded and later dismissively swept any questions about it under her very soiled magic carpet that made many things disappear – emails, money, people? That happened on Joe’s watch. He was, is, responsible for it, too.

Experts will write thousands of books about The Trump Phenomenon. He is capable of turning the country around and that is what his Make America Great Again call means. Not white supremacy or other backward idiocy as MSM and Joe’s supporters propagate.

My someday maybe great-grandchildren will study Trump’s klutzy New Yorker leadership style in schools. I actually hope they do. Everybody’s awakening moment will come sooner or later, sooner if Trump wins 2020, later and much more painfully, should he loose and the socialist doom enters.

Freedom is an immeasurably volatile personal commodity. Freedom of Speech even more so. Millions are free, as in un-jailed, in the world today. Only a sampling of those have the ability to practice free speech, even here in USA, where it has been practically muzzled by the Big Techs and other collaborators of the DemParty.

 

As an escapee from socialism, communism and Marxism, I speak freely on every topic I chose. Reelecting President Trump will give me four more years of Free Speech and that is the absolute reason that I am proud to vote for Trump again.

Free Speech and all who worship at its alter will be killed if America turns to socialism.


 

 

Institutionalized Discrimination

Posted by Marina B on October 20, 2020 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

As a long ago victim of bona fide, not imaginary, revisionary or artificially created, institutionalized discrimination, I too want to contribute to this suddenly popular conversation, but not in the way pc culturists obstruct the truth by diverting your attention to their skillful misuse of linguistics.

 

What is a plain old ordinary Discrimination? It is the prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex; the act of making unjustified distinctions between human beings based on the groups, classes, or other categories to which they actually belong or are perceived to belong.

 

What is Institutionalized Discrimination? It is unjust and discriminatory mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals by society and its institutions as a whole, through unequal intentional or unintentional bias or selection, as opposed to individuals making a conscious choice to discriminate.

The oft thrown about since last summer Systemic Discrimination involves a pattern or practice, policy, or class case where discrimination has a broad impact on an industry, profession, company or geographic area.

 

I started my life in the maternity room of Kiev, USSR hospital with nurses and doctors refusing to assist my mom, because she was a “kike”, a severely derogatory term for a Jew. USSR, as a socialist country, presented itself to the world and its own population as the most brotherly of world nations for 70 arduous years of this horrific social experiment at government control over the individual. In my 18 years there, I have witnessed and was target of plain old ordinary discrimination, institutionalized discrimination and systemic discrimination. As the Russians say, I ate a dog in discrimination! (Old adage meaning there’s nothing you can tell me about it that I don’t already know.)

In my 40 years in the US, more than half was spent in Tri-State geo area, I had witnessed diversity, integration, segregation and discrimination of various sorts. Yet last summer, someone – BLM, Antifa, their back ground handlers, like Grandpa Soros and whomever – reinvented discrimination to conveniently propagandize their mind-control agenda to the poorly prepared and/or outright brainwashed part of US population.

Since 1965, the US embraced the Affirmative action, or a set of laws, policies, guidelines, and administrative practices "intended to end and correct the effects of a specific form of discrimination" that include government-mandated, government-approved, and voluntary private programs. That was 55 years ago!

 

What is Affirmative Action as it relates allocation of resources, employment or education? It is the practice or policy of favoring individuals belonging to groups known to have been discriminated against previously, including but not limited to a set of policies and practices within a government or organization favoring particular groups based on their gender, race, creed or nationality in areas in which they were excluded in the past such as education and employment.

So effectively, for 55 years, discrimination was systemically replaced by the Affirmative action. That time span yielded 3, possibly 4, generations of children who were born and raised in the post-discrimination era.

There is no question in my mind that Affirmative action was needed to fix and reconcile certain prejudicial treatment of individuals and groups such as blacks or Jews, and later gays. There is also no question in my mind that like all good intentions, it comes with a hefty price.

Affirmative action gave rise to the Institutionalized reverse discrimination.

What is Reverse Discrimination? Reverse discrimination is discrimination against members of a dominant or majority group, in favor of members of a minority or historically disadvantaged group. Vivid examples are BET, all black colleges and the restriction on Asian student admissions by Ivy League.

During my years in NYC, I experienced a sampling of that as well.

The first Black American President would have served this nation best after he was elected to the highest office of the land, twice, to do away with this outdated fix by readdressing the issues at stake. Instead, racial tensions were deliberately instigated via deployment of socialist, Marxist and even terrorist tactics that heavily relied on complacency of corrupt MSM and punished groups that insisted on not subscribing to mass hysteria and personality cult the Obama administration had instituted, praised and rewarded.

In the years since 2008, a generation ripened on the brainwash ideology of reparations, redistribution of wealth, cultural and religious superiority, such as atheism and disdain of patriotism, that came of age during the Summer of Floyd and forced itself onto revolutionary stage through looting and cop-killing to secure its army in the ongoing Civil War on Trump.

The tables have turned. Since 2016, and especially since COVID, the ordinary discrimination against conservatives, practicing Christians, Orthodox Jews and traditional values, which include love and patriotism for country and Office of US President, had escalated beyond plain old Institutional Discrimination.

We have entered a VIRTUAL DISCRIMINATION GULAG era with Big Tech finishing what Lenin started in 1917, the elimination of undesirables without trial. Don’t wanna kneel, fired! Vote for Trump, fired! Don’t wear a mask, no admittance to medical office or supermarket. No vaccination, no freedom!

As in the Soviet GULAGs, criminals control everything, they rule over the weak, the good, the inexperienced, breaking them into submission.

GULAG is the ultimate child of institutionalized discrimination – no bribe - no food, no soap in the shower, no protection from rape and beatings, and no life!

If Biden should win in 14 days, on which side of the virtual barbed wire will you find yourself? A rapid history lesson: the compliant ones are always killed anyway. But first, they are forced to kill off the neighbors, friends, and even family. Submission is king! Individual is dirt! State is father!

Are you ready for Mother Kamala?!

 

* thanks Wikipedia for the core definitions of terms

 


 

Surviving Intellectual Dishonesty

Posted by Marina B on October 13, 2020 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My reflections after today’s Senate confirmation hearings.

One of the most dangerous impacts of socialism, in addition to food shortages and physical punishment, is brainwash.

Brainwash (verb) is defined as making someone adopt radically different beliefs by using systematic and often forcible pressure. There are many synonyms for brainwashing, like mind or thought control, re-education or thought reform, but they all lead to the same result, altering the human mind by employing certain psychological methods and techniques that will affect the subjects’ ability to think independently.

The contemporary brainwashing we are observing in 2020 removed the inconvenient barriers of critical thinking through revisionism of both history and social norms. Summer of Floyd witnesses, who were horrified by the images of lawlessness, rioting, destruction and murder that ensued in USA following a controversial arrest of George Floyd. He was a known criminal whose cause of death was recorded as drug overdose. Then in a rush to something we know as Social Justice he was displayed in a gold casket at his funeral and his family was set for life of newly-found astronomical wealth through a multi-million dollar Gofundme collection. All that became an Anti-Trump Civil War (2016-present) crown and scepter as the deceased was crowned (during the corona-virus pandemic, no relation) to lead the we-were-told currently-oppressed masses to redistribution of wealth, fundamental destruction of the still colonial United States (that pillar of slavery that had a elected black president twice!) and into socialism, politically, economically and societally.

What we were shown on TV, what was printed in the press for us to read via all MSM-run organs was a campaign of intellectual dishonesty, a complex weapon engaged in the Anti-Trump Civil War (2016-present).

What is intellectual dishonesty and how and when does it convert to brainwash?

To understand the Intellectual Dishonesty one must first accept an ethical definition of Intellectual Honesty. Wikipedia states it is an applied method of problem solving, characterized by an unbiased, honest attitude, which can be demonstrated in a number of different ways:

• One's personal beliefs or politics do not interfere with the pursuit of truth;

• Relevant facts and information are not purposefully omitted even when such things may contradict one's hypothesis (MB: proposed explanations)

• Facts are presented in an unbiased manner, and not twisted to give misleading impressions or to support one view over another;

• References, or earlier work, are acknowledged where possible, and plagiarism (MB: representation of another author’s work, thoughts, expressions as if they were one’s own) is avoided.

Intellectual dishonesty is the pushing forward a position that is known to be false. Intentionally committed fallacies (intentionally invalid propositions) in debates and reasoning are examples of intellectual dishonesty. Misusing facts to advance an agenda or to reinforce one's deeply held beliefs in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary is intellectual dishonesty. Denial of facts to advance an agenda or to reinforce one's deeply held beliefs in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary is intellectual dishonesty. Misrepresenting revisionism of history, statue toppling, vandalism, aggressive protests and cancel culture is intellectual dishonesty. Labeling the above list “peaceful protests” is intellectual dishonesty. Praising the defund the police slogans, demeaning law and order, advocating for cop-killing is intellectual dishonesty. So are putting forward that black lives matters (more then all others or too, really same thing in this context) or denying that all lives matter equally, or at least should matter equally, at the end of second decade of the 21st century, demanding financial compensation for 500-200 hundred years ago slavery, kneeling during or walking away from the public performance arenas during the USA National Anthem are intellectually dishonest propositions. The list goes on and on.

Demanding your employees go through re-training to accept that black lives matter is brainwashing.

Restricting writers’ submissions to black voices, or people of color voices is the impact of brainwashing.

It happens very fast.

Most young people who eagerly accepted all that during The Summer of Floyd did not even realize how brainwashed they had been made, as their professors had also been brainwashed.

Brainwashing, therefore, is a cultural sterilization of thought, where the sterilizer may be written or spoken word. Honest debate, critical thinking, independent evaluation of written and spoken information and defiance in face of mob pressure or exertion of supervisory authority, refusal to submit to company politics and/or policies that infringe on one’s private opinions and one’s constitutional right to exercise free speech are tools necessary to survival. Arm yourselves with them if you want to advance as a free human being.

Today, US Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, during the US Senate confirmation hearing, gave us all a lesson in composure, humility, ethics, morality, integrity and honesty.

Most of us would have wavered under a lesser pressure, Judge Amy displayed the strength of mental stability only the smartest among humans possess. From her pleasant, unaggressive demeanor, to her calm confidence, Judge ACB is a role model for women of all generations. 45 Democrat Senators barraged her for the second day in a row with convoluted orchestration of intellectual dishonesty designed to entrap and destroy this high-achieving woman, mother of 7, because it is inconvenient to them at this moment in their candidate’s campaign, inadvertently demonstrating to the world that they, Dems, care not for our country, only for the advancement of their agenda whilst pushing forward many positions that are known to be false. Their efforts to create alternative truth were painful to observe. I admire the grace with which Judge Barrett held herself through these first two days.

Truth always wins. Even after decades of brainwash, truth always has a propensity to shine through.

It did today through ACB. As a professional woman and a mother, I could not be more proud of her. I will be rooting for her approval and will commit to following her career no matter the outcome of this nomination. She represents me very well. I will strive to emulate her best I can.

She is the first Supreme Court nominee of my lifetime who is all that!

 

Un Free Press Role in Murdering America

Posted by Marina B on October 8, 2020 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)


So, I’ve been thinking about this for nearly four years while I witness the virtual assassination of President Donald J. Trump and murder of the United States of America that I love very dearly.

What would press be writing about Trump if its members were objective?

Vladimir Lenin in his revolution planning hideout somewhere in the Finnish countryside wrote that a swift takeover of the means of information is among the first priorities of socialist revolution.

Regrettably, I have to differ, schools are!

The revolution that we are currently witnessing in USA is made possible only because generations of youths have been propagandized to by their public school educators and college professors in the objectives and ideology of Marxism-Leninism, a subject I am bitterly familiar with, having grown up under its death-wish influence.

Loyal Leninists took over telephone, telegraph and newspapers of Sankt Petersburg on that unforgettable night onto November 7th 1917. New style date, as Russian calendar of that era was nearly two weeks behind. 13 days precisely, making the actual revolution date the 25th of October 1917, hence October Revolution. Teachers should be teaching this in USA schools. They do not. They also should have been teaching that this was the second revolution of 1917, why and how it was different, what events led into it and who really won, looking back philosophically at the total effect. The 1905 Bloody Sunday revolution should not have been left untaught either, as they each did not happen in the vacuum. They were steps into destruction of a country, culture, legacy… and created a lasting monstrosity.

Teachers should also be teaching American youths that Lenin’s regime caused mass exterminations of Russian citizens who did not support the revolutionary concepts of redistribution of assets, elimination of private property ownership and other social-economic reforms that always lead to starvation and extinction of the masses. US academia should have been passing the devastating lessons of Russian history, such as the bloody Civil War, that ensued immediately from November 7th 1918 and declared over on October 25, 1922, notably mashing the dates to declare proletariat’s victory on the anniversary of the bloodiest “bloodless revolution” of them all. In some parts of what would late be known as the USSR, the Civil War actually lasted for a few more years before it was suppressed by brutal Red force.

It was during the first year of the Civil War that Grandpa Lenin, as this idol was lovingly known to my generation of Soviet children, established a concentration camp system, later known as The Gulag. By 1921 there were 84 camps. Note: not defending Hitler here, but the world should stop crediting him with this invention! Modest calculations place approximately 18,000,000 behind that barbed wire.

American teachers impart Marxism-Leninism without divulging its dirty legacy.

All American reporters have graduated from schools whose academia adulate Marx and teach Lenin, socialism and social justice, as if these are the rewards of education, when in reality they are weapons of mass destruction, because they create the most powerful weapon of them all – brainwash.

Brainwashing, institutionally engrained into the young brains over lasting periods of time and reinforced through other supporting systems, like social ridicule and punishment of contradicting opinion, is a permanent weapon. Unless an afflicted person is put through a detox.

Personally, I remained blind to American media perversion and for the longest time assumed that everyone in the USA understands the evils of the USSR and would never want anything even remotely similar to happen in their country.

That does not mean that I approved of everything USA did 100%. I did not. But my faith in the wisdom and intellectual integrity of people reporting about the US government was overpowering.

The Iran Contras (Ronald Reagan), First Gulf War (George Bush), US Intervention in Bosnia (Bill Clinton)… I was still detoxing myself from under my Soviet brainwash and believed that an individual does not impact anything. Powerful governments do. Individuals who criticize them lose. Evidently, I was not alone. I lived in NYC, where majority of ordinary folk were lifelong democrats, belonged to unions, and did what their unions told them.

I then learned better, became anti-union, reinforced my capitalist beliefs and moved out of NY. But I still trusted the media, watched 20/20 and Anderson Cooper.

In 2000 I distinctly noted that the media is corrupt through a seemingly unimportant minutia – their eagerness to mispronounce ‘nucular’ a la GW Bush in order to kiss ass. Yes, GW had no ability to articulate ‘nuclear’ and our college-educated members of the press were readily dropping their ability to say it correctly. Why?

Next came the post-911 horrors MSM inability to discern fact from fiction in the War on Terror and their willingness to obliterate the common sense. That lack of journalistic integrity spread faster than COVID19 and sinfully afflicted most of MSM.

There were few exceptions, but overall, it was all downhill from there. By the time BHO got into the WH and gag orders were placed full force on everything and anything capable of bringing Truth to light, USA had no free press.

The Dark Age of Obama eliminated enemies of Marxism from every place in US, state and local government, fulfilling his beautifully delivered assurance of fundamentally changing USA to the glorification by MSM.

I was still willing to give BHO a chance and certainly I gave all due respect to the office of US President. Not in my worst nightmare, I could then imagine that he, BHO, with 2 portraits, would signal the end of respect for that office, he so ingloriously occupied for 8 dark years, unapologetically spilling blood of many, most notably, The Benghazi 4 and Dallas 5.

That is why President Donald J Trump does not command respect from the Obama half of the population. They are in the War on Trump, meaning the War Against America that BHO had declared. Peaceful transition of power did not happen in 2016. And our pathetic MSM was brain-dead, silent, or outright supportive of that coup. It suddenly became socially, societally, politically and educationally acceptable to destroy US citizens on fake charges (Michael Flynn), causing them and their families undue harm, financial and professional ruin and worse, like Roger Stone’s arrest. So many things immediately went off with the radicalized and cleverly steered by their socialist puppeteers saturated by fake news and narratives youths and socialists of every age, some of whom are clueless snowflakes, and some are very dangerous elements, who belong in jail for life, but whose assistance in this War Against America was engaged for pay online, in the open, advocated by every radical – BHO, Michelle, Pelosi, AOC, Tlaib, Omar, Sanders, Warren, Kamala, Hillary – and all those other united in their determination to fundamentally destroy the country that gave them everything!

Since time immemorial US Government had people of opposing opinions, ideas and goals serving the country for a salary paid by the people of the United States.

Some of these people served in the White House.

But only after Obama, had we seen the quantitative domestic terror from the wide spread anti-US network The Community Organizer In Chief established during his eight years. That was his administration’s focus – to prepare everything for socialism and, incidentally, but not less importantly, Islamization of America. All the ground work has been laid. We, the people, were being suppressed and believing that after BHO’s term normalcy would return, we waited. And they counted on it. With the help of the press, of course. Always, with the help of the press.

There is no end to the sly, clever, inventive meanness served under the guise of measured, well-rehearsed and practiced in front of a mirror, public image projection. Ability to control one’s temper to inflict a deliberately deceptive personality switch onto unsuspecting audiences is now being praised as a desirable character trait through speech-writers bait and switch ploys, like Michele’s “when they go low, we go high,” a postulate whose terms have been intentionally swapped, like the endless other substitutions of the politically corrected vocabulary. We no longer know the true definitions of certain words, like liberal, for instance. Used to actually mean possessing a kind, bleeding, heart. Now it is representative of socialist cold cruelty. Michelle’s hi, of course, is best illustrated by her response to the kidnapping, rape and slavery of hundreds of Nigerian Christian school girls and that forced photo op she posed for at the WH #bringbackourgirls – brings back so many memories – none of them about Obamas' kindness. They are a cruel cold socialist indoctrination in progress. They are a working family. One purpose, one goal, destroy USA. That is why they stayed in DC, used Soros’s money for the creation of shadow government and have fought the War Against America for 4 years.

I will probably end up in Obama Gulag for posting this. But I must. I will not be silenced by the oppressed press and its unwitting collaborators.

 

Babi Yar - Timeline of Tragedy

Posted by Marina B on September 29, 2020 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 This photo, taken by a Nazi Officer in Babi Yar Sept 29-30 1941, was colorized recently.


We are each the sum of our memories and my most meaningful memories are about surviving anti-Semitism and Socialism. I even remember things I personally did not experience, but lived through the memories of others. I remember them always.

Kiev was bombed by the Nazis on June 22, 1941 at 4 a.m.

I have heard about it from all my relatives who remembered it, as well as from countless neighbors, including those non-Jews who lived in Kiev throughout the war.

My uncle Valera was born September 3, 1941 in Ural Mountains.

Counting back from his birth, I suspect that my maternal grandma, great-grandma, my uncle (10yo)and my mom (9yo), departed by train from Darnitza train station on or about August 6.

Other relatives evacuated as well.

Battle of Kiev lasted from 23 August to 26 September, 1941. My grandfather Avrum and some other relatives participated. Some dug the trenches. Avrum did at first. Then he was issued a uniform. Some time toward the end of this battle, his entire Army of Kiev Defenders was captured. So was he.

Kiev was occupied by the Nazis on September 19, 1941.

September 21, 1941 was Elul, 5701, Sunday, Erev Rosh Hashana.

How did the 40,000 or so Kiev Jews who did not evacuate for whatever reason mark it? I never thought about it until this year, 2020. Were they able to have a traditional meal with any traditional food? There was flour and water and maybe eggs and chickens in the numerous Kiev “dvoriki” yards. Did the women bake? Did they dip apples into honey? Did they pray? I assume so, because the old ones always do. And in scary times as such, so do many younger ones.

September 22, 1941 was 1st of Tishrei, 5702, Monday, Rosh Hashana 5702.

How did they spend the first day of that New Year? Who will tell me that story?

September 24, 1941 there were explosions of the ancient Kreschatik, Kiev’s beautiful main artery. The Red Army hurriedly set that off in a poorly conceived and executed plan. Many Nazi officers were killed in their hotel and surrounding best buildings in the city. The Reds were captured and tortured before executions to find out of other planned defenses/attacks, depending on the perspective.

September 26, 1941, Friday. Kurt Eberhard, the field commander of Kiev, assembled a meeting and assigned the responsibility for September 24th to the Jews.

How did the Jews of Kiev spend their last Shabbat? Most of them were young enough not to practice Judaism any longer. They were good and observant socialists. But I want to think they still called to G-d on that Shabbat. Did they?

September 27, 1941, Saturday. Did the old men discuss prayers? Did the women give their kids special treats? I do not know that Kiev. I can only imagine it because of the bits and pieces I know about its history and from growing up there.

September 28, 1941, Sunday. The following notice was posted in Russian, Ukrainian and German all through the city. "All the Yids of the city of Kiev and its vicinity must appear on Monday September 29, 1941 by 8 a.m. at the corner of Melnikova and Dokhterivskaya streets (next to the cemetery). Bring documents, money and valuables, and also warm clothing, bed linen etc. Any Yids who do not follow this order and are found elsewhere will be shot. Any civilians who enter the dwellings left by Yids and appropriate the things in them will be shot".

September 29, 1941

I remember this day because it is impossible to be a Jew from Kiev and to not remember this day.

I remember it because a Russian boy, Anatoly Kuznetzov, 12 yo at the onset of the war, remembered it for me in his book Babi Yar, A Document in the Form of a Novel, a memoir he published 1966.

I remember it because Yevgeny Yevtushenko wrote a poem that was published in 1961, the year of my birth.

I remember it because a Jewish survivor, Dina Pronicheva, whom Kuznetsov interviewed, testified on January 24, 1946 at a Kiev war-crimes trial of 15 members of the German police responsible for the Kiev Region.

I remember it because for the 18 years I lived among Kievans who never ceased to call me a kike and regretted that not all Jews died in Babi Yar.

I remember it because the legless man, Grandma Reeva’s neighbor, WWI survivor, said in early August 1941 to her “Germans are cultured. I was in their captivity. They treated me well.” He died with his grandson, my uncle’s and father’s classmate Syoma, in Babi Yar. His sister jumped out of the window early in the day on the 29th. Kuznetsov mentions her, but does not know her name. I do! She was beautiful! She was 17! I remember her every year and will light a candle for her tomorrow.

September 30, 9th of Tishrei, 5702, Tuesday, Erev Yom Kippur (Yad Vashem records it as September 29)

From Einsatzgruppe C reports: "The bitter hostility of the Ukrainian population against the Jews is extremely great, because it is thought that they were responsible for the explosions in Kiev. They are also seen as NKVD informers and agents, who unleashed the terror against the Ukrainian people. All Jews were arrested in retaliation for the arson in Kiev, and altogether 33,771 Jews were executed on September 29th and 30th. Gold, valuables and clothing were collected and put at the disposal of the National-Socialist Welfare Association (NSV), for the equipment of the Volksdeutsche, and part given to the appointed city administration for distribution to the needy population".

October 01, 10th of Tishrei, 5702, Wed, Yom Kippur

From Yad Vashem: Arranging the mass executions of the Jews on the days of Soviet or Jewish holidays was a frequent occurrence and had symbolic meaning of triumph for the Germans.

Those Jews who were not murdered during the two-day massacre of late September 1941 were locked up in garages on Melnikova Street near Babi Yar. These Jews were murdered in Babi Yar by members of Einsatzkommando 5 on October 1-3, 1941.

October 05, 14th of Tishrei, 5702, Sun, Erev Sukkot -

October 06, 15th of Tishrei, 5702, Mon, Sukkot -

Zakhar Trubakov, a Jewish survivor from Kiev, remembered “I did not go myself and urged others as best I could not to go. I told many people how the Nazis had murdered the Jews of Minsk – the capital of Byelorussia. People listened but, as often happens, did not hear. They answered that they had nowhere to hide, especially those with little kids. And many simply refused to believe the worst… "

Oh, people of Israel, hear my prayer…

Word Inversion Is World Inversion

Posted by Marina B on August 30, 2020 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)


 

In my youth I was fascinated with my "discovery" that all life originated from Africa. There were no blacks living in the USSR. In some large cities, there were foreign students, but those were exceptions. Black people had my fascination.

The way the children in the USSR classrooms got to learn about the origin of life in Africa was to substitute Darwin for scripture. God was not allowed on a doorstep of Soviet Socialist classrooms since 1917. God’s place of honor was always occupied by V.I. Lenin and what was passed to us and pounded into our heads as his teachings.

The Soviet creative Darwinism, for instance, flourished between 1930s and 1950s from the selective Darwin’s works, and had led to the transmutation of species. That allowed for the acceptance of various genetics experimentations that were conducted mostly in the subhuman conditions of GULAG and mostly in competition with similarly subhuman genetic experiments that were conducted in the NAZI concentration camps over most of the same time period. Such comparison, of course, had I vocalized it back in the USSR, could have landed me in the 1970s GULAG, always a scary place. So none of us vocalized much contradiction to government. We were afraid. We were taught to be afraid.

Similarly, we did not contradict our teachers in history or civics classes. Well, actually I did, for an entire year. Read about it in my book My Life Through My Dresses - Growing Up Socialist. But I was young and daring, naïve and inexperienced. In other times, I could have perished. Or been tortured. Or at least humiliated, like some were humiliated this past summer in the US and elsewhere for not subscribing to the public hysteria, chaos, anarchy and pressure.

You see, of course, life began in Africa. I know now it is not a contradiction to God. It is a work of God and history of its chosen people. Israel is on a crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. But people of Israel had never been black. Olive skinned, like the Italians and Arabs, but not black. Since much of written and archeological evidence is being obliterated at times of conquests, much of what was known about the world is always being inverted whenever facts are substituted with layers of “fake evidence.” A fairly recent example of this is Googling “European people history” then clicking "image" tab. The picture above is what is being returned. Someone took deliberate measures to substitute these clearly deceiving images to invert the general perception of the world and European history.

Why have they done it? and

Who has done it? should be the questions asked on CNN, etc.

I bet most of you never even knew it.

Similarly, the inversion is happening in the United States of America. It is being forced through PC word meanings’ inversions, inversions of values and traditions. It is the cultural revolution’s homage to the new idols people are or about to be forced to worship, just like we worshiped Grandpa Lenin in the USSR. It is unpleasant and has already become dangerous. I hope it is still curable!

Submission to radicalized values always happens under duress and with extreme physical force. Ordinary people are never stupid. They know when their values are inverted. They will resist. That is individual people will. But how long will courageous individuals resist is my question. Everyone wants to live. And socialist history, of which we have plenty recoverable evidence, clearly shows the bloody trail of submission to the inverted values of the dominating forces. Because masses behave as masses do and they are traditionally stupid!

Six short months ago USA laughed at the possibility of COVID-19 pandemic and leaders like Pelosi and Schumer were angrily calling President Trump all sorts of intellectually stimulating words in the deliberate attempt to invert his role in pandemic prevention when he immediately closed China from entering the US. Now they are inverting again, blaming him for not acting swiftly, etc. etc. Inversion is the profession they know well. Just like faking.

Three months ago most US Americans had no clue of BLM or ANTIFA. Marixists and NAZIs as they are… Some of US were following their story since 2016.

Here’s the inversion I am observing in August 2020 – instead of the 1960s Black Panthers someone, presumably with George Soros's money, brainwashed and rounded up white youths to perpetrate the BLM-ANTIFA dirty bloody work… I fear the worst will come in the weeks before the election and in the months that will follow.

In the meantime, we have to deal with real tragedies that were inflicted on us because SOCIALISM always inflicts terror on the peaceful ordinary hard-working people. Always!

I am no longer fascinated with Black people. Forty years in USA exposed me to people of all races, religions and vvalues. I am fascinated with people who can move the world out of this inversion. Like Ben Carson moved USA out of the imminent black hole at National Prayer breakfast in 2013.

 


Know Your Idols

Posted by Marina B on August 5, 2020 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Autors of various works, plans and strategies of how to take YOURS to make it THEIRS

Grandpa Friedrich Engels, (11/28/1820 – 8/5/1895), son of an early German industrialist, a passionate critic and defender of workers’ safety and fair economic conditions; primary creator of what is now Marxism, so be noted. He walked away from both the class conflict and the ensuing socialist revisionism as he “sobered up” with age and returned to his industrialist family values. The family supported him, he worked in the family businesses. He supported Marx financially, sharing this “burden” with Marx’s father–in-law and wife.

Social class: industrialist and middle class bourgeois.

Grandpa Karl Marx, (5/5/1818 – 3/14/1883) a poor man, whose father said that his son was possessed by a demon. Karl’s social standing was elevated to prosperity via a lucrative marriage to a woman of wealth, four years older and from a noble family, who shared, and more likely, fueled his “demonic drive” aimed at the destruction of German and world government, redistribution of wealth and power, and creation of a classless society. Marx relied on Engels to co-create his globalist plans, later usurped the credit, and is now 100% credited for Marxism by majority of the globe. Karl spent his life writing against the very hand that fed him and his huge family – seven children. All 4 daughters named Jenny, like their baroness mother…

Spent most of his adult life in exile, after deportation from Prussian Empire (Germany) for his anti-government activities

Social class: middle class bourgeois, after marriage, upper class nobility

Grandpa Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov alias Lenin (4/22/1970 – 1/21/1924) a progressive teacher’s son in the epoch following the one known as "enlightenment". Lenin's brother, 4 years older, a Russian terrorist Alexander Ulyanov, was executed at age 21 for his principal role in political ideology, organization and bomb-making of March 1, 1887 assassination attempt on Tsar Alexander III of Russia, whose father, Alexander II, was assassinated on March 1, 1881. Lenin’s famous quote “we will go another route” refers to the different course, proletarian revolution, which he ultimately headed with German money. (Note: Germany had direct interest in it because of WWI.)

Spent most of his life living off donations to “the cause” of socialist revolution. In prison, in hiding, in exile. On foreign payroll.

Social class: middle class bourgeois and professional revolutionary.

About The Attitude

Posted by Marina B on August 4, 2020 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

As I am knee deep in my next pre-query work, I recently stumbled upon a blog by a very famous literary agent. He had advertised an entry from his  blog as THE QUERY to emulate. Well, I counted several, more than five, grammatical errors in the very query...

As a non-native speaker and writer, I expect to make grammatical errors in the language whose grammar I was barely taught.

But if the attitude of the famous literary agents is that of "do as I say and as I do," then I have this to say - show me, don't tell me! Live up to your own expectations. Or read and respond to every query with typos. Do not throw away writers' hopes and chances, because we are all human.

Not only you.

Reading Between The Lines

Posted by Marina B on August 2, 2020 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Hendrick Smith, the legendary NYT reporter who spent significant time in the USSR and wrote about it, cites a famous joke of the cold, gloomy and deficient 1970's "There's no truth in The News (Izvestia) and no news in The Truth (Pravda)," two of our leading newspapers that were like the The WaPo and NYT of modern day USA. He was a really good foreign correspondent, but he was not a Soviet. All Soviet citizens knew something that Mr. Smith did not - we are the in-between-the-lines readers. It is a skill only the "natives" garner – the oppressed, the deceived, the persecuted, the penalized, the ostracized. We knew how to seek and find droplets of TRUTH as well as tidbits of the REAL NEWS amid fields of literary manure that was our Soviet Press - The Truth (Pravda), The Komsomol Truth, The Labor, The News (Izvestia) - were our four leading newspapers (pictured above). We also knew how to not share THE TRUTH with our social circles, except for the most trusted and vetted out. We were expected and often required to read these papers by our “bosses” – our work, school, The Young Pioneeers League (boy/girl scouts to you), The Young Communist League (Komsomol) and The Party (Communist! What other party is there?!)

The first time I had to prepare the newspaper report was in 4th grade. I detested anything that had to do with the demagogue-authored endless articles and promulgations and such other faithful heavily worded declarations of The Party allegiances by orators, writers and speakers from early on. So, I always made my reports from obscure and fun news items, the space plugs like “a woman was hit by a car in UK and awoke speaking an ancient language no one understands.” I was into the weird news even then. Most of my classmates were much less abstinent. They compliantly and faithfully reported on the agricultural and domestic items that became especially indigestible around party congresses.

USSR operated on a 5-year plan, something that the Democrat Party of USA is set on introducing to Americans in the event of their 2020 presidential win. Whenever we read in the newspapers or heard on TV of the record-breaking grain-harvesting, for instance, and then compared it to the unavailability of certain grains on our "supermarket" shelves, we learned an easy read-between-the-lines lesson - assume the reverse of what you are reading/hearing/watching/witnessing is true.

Another lesson was using learning to use nothing except your own common sense when reading and comprehending sentences like "the entire workforce collectives of Vladivostok factories and offices came out to the streets to enthusiastically welcome US President Gerald Ford." That was in 1974. While there was always a curiosity factor in such public outpourings of enthusiasm - who'd ever get to see real Americans otherwise? - most normal people had to be corralled by something we called "voluntarily-forcible" manner to partake in anything outside of their exhausting and depressing routines. It was a part of the collective (mass mob) mentality. Like we did in our school, when polit-preparation speakers came to "educate" us about the various writings of our leaders - dead and living. Like, Brezhnev's letter during my senior year, 1978, to Hafiz Al-Assad, General Secretary of Arab Renaissance Socialist Party, in which the General Secretary of The Communist Party of The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (GenSec) praised Progressive National Front of Syria, Palestine Liberation Organization and Syrian Communist Party while calling for the withdrawal of all Israel troops from the territories Israel annexed in 1967 (after the war it was provoked into and dared to win! - that's me, not GenSec). Sounds familiar? Similar to now? Doesn't Obama say this? Biden? Who else?

Americans have no idea how the between-the-lines-reading works. They did not grow up on the Bolshevik revolution stories praising secret communication in jails that Marxists invented. They don;t even know what Marxism is and allowed it to occupy USA! Americans did not have to lie and pretend they like Marxism-Leninism ideals during the stomach-turning nauseating hours-long meetings; they did not have to submit to the strong-armed enforcers of totalitarian oppression. Until The Summer of Floyd. When in their workplaces they are being forced by their superiors to submit to praisings of Antifa, BLM, "Saint George" and other equally disturbing demonstrations/sneak previews of what awaits USA after the "peaceful demonstrators" win.

America got its fastest read-between-the-lines lesson now with "peaceful protestors" who are looting, vandalizing, terrorizing and killing the normal citizens and police odfficers in every metropolis this summer. With the organs of American press and nearly all news stations already serving as propaganda for The Democrat Party, Socialism is at American door, like the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Yo Socialism Mama knows about this wolf, Do you? American youth and other sheep, having swallowed sufficient volumes of brainwash for decades and lacking even the basic knowledge and understanding about the tendency of Mother History to repeat her tough luck lessons, are forcing US into the new codification of messages in order to retain at least some illusion of freedom and democracy before socialist insanity will prevail.

There is no truth in The Washington Post, and no news in The New York Times.

 

The Role of A Teacher - Then and Now

Posted by Marina B on July 31, 2020 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

"We don't need no education, we don't need no thought control

No dark sarcasm in the classroom

Teacher, leave them kids alone"

I loved Brick in The Wall by Pink Floyd, the song that was super popular in the year of my arrival to USA. I don't think I clearly heard or understood all the words in it, and I am certain, I had no idea how the deliberately distorted the English language was. It defined the characters, who were sarcastically demanding improvements in their education. Just like I did only a short while before then.

To my freshly out of the USSR ears and my bewildered by the year of resettlement mind, it was a hymn to the dismantlement of the lifetime powers my socialist teachers had just finished subjecting me to after ten long years. I sat through the countless classes, concerts and meetings of brainwash. First without understanding that I was being groomed, then with full understanding and compliance, and lastly, with defiance.

Socialism was something that I understood as the "thought control" in Pink Floyd's song. Thought control, behavior control, life control ... these were the very reasons why I escaped from it, paying dearly for the opportunity to change the course of my life. I thought that I got rid of the strong, powerful, debilitating hold of Socialism and the society and system it builds - forever.

During my school years, I had a number of wonderful teachers who understood, not unlike many of the USSR citizens, the damage socialist teachings were doing to our young minds, but could not stop teaching us the socialist ideology of Marx-Lenin and Brezhnev, who was The Premiere of the Central Committee of the USSR then. It was part of their loss and socialism's win - complete submission to the totalitarian authority. "If you're not with us, you are against us," Lenin said. His anxious followers eliminated those who where against. Simple reason not to dispute who's in charge at all times. No matter how harsh the reality as contrasted to the utopian ideal if its promise.

Most people living now no longer know what USSR was - Union of Soviet Socialist Republics - the country that gave birth to the socialist experiment and started the largest mass murder of the 20th century - 100,000,000 dead because they protested, or just simply expressed their dislike, or were removed by more deserving socialists, who needed to redistribute their homes and furniture to themselves. Neighbor against neighbor. The Russian Revolution, that was a technically bloodless event of November 7,1917, left a long red trek in its wake. It is so long and so lasting, it seems eternal at times.

I, too, wanted to become a teacher. In fact, it was the only aspiration I ever had as a child and teen. I played teacher, I practiced to be a teacher, I substituted for sick teachers since I was in 5th grade, I trained to be a teacher. I even had a job waiting for me. Yet, as I realized that there is no escape from brainwashing the new generations of Soviets into the same socialist nightmare I already knew, I decided to not partake in that cycle, choosing instead to leave...as a stateless refugee...with all the fears of the unknown that were ahead.

So, I already know what it feels like to be condemned by your close friends, who secretly envy your bravery but for whatever the reason cannot be brave. I already know what it is like to be ostracized by the circle of peers and society, to be spied on by neighbors, to be tagged and branded, to be corralled and join the horde. I know what it is like to be treated as an enemy. Why would anyone want to relive what I went through?

Like right now, on July 31, 2020, in USA, during The Summer of Floyd. Not Pink Floyd! George Floyd, he unfortunate criminal, whose death was so skillfully used by the Marxists aimed at the overthrow of the United States of America and turning it into yet another Socialist "success" with food lines and mandated medicine that make no pretense that ordinary humans only matter to the regime to serve as slaves to it.

I taught in the United States instead. To the adults, who like me, underwent lived through their individual variation of exodus. Teaching is very gratifying experience for the teacher. As I shaped my adult students' professional knowledge, I also imparted on them some humorous ways of dealing with speaking with an accent and becoming a rightful member of the democracy.

In retrospect, I probably could not have lasted long in US as a teacher. 10 years into my immigration, I became an American patriot, and my academic head would have rolled, had I not complied. I wouldn't have, so now you know.

I am mortified at the socialist brainwash the so-called "educators" of America imposed on generations of American youth. Brainwash is as contrary to the concept of education as child molestation. Yet we punish only the molesters ...we reward the brainwashers, because most of them are in the teachers unions and are serving the unions agenda. Not at all as the best teachers in history, who went unremarkably nameless, but created great minds like Leonardo, Einstein and Curie. in every sphere at every epoch of human development.

The role of the teacher first and foremost is to teach to reason and rationalize, to build and develop the strength of character to pursue lifetime learning and search for The Truth. Not to recite the works of Lenin or Marx or the myriads of socialist professors of America who are required to publish, so they push their socialist agenda onto our brilliant republic, its democracy, and the mesmerized by the failed promise of socialism generations of the useful idiots our institutions of learning put out.

 


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