Marina Berkovich, Author

Writer, Poet, Filmmaker

Yo Socialist Mama Blog

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.

view:  full / summary

Word Inversion Is World Inversion

Posted 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...

Read Full Post »

Know Your Idols

Posted 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...

Read Full Post »

About The Attitude

Posted 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 hav...

Read Full Post »

Reading Between The Lines

Posted 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 co...

Read Full Post »

The Role of A Teacher - Then and Now

Posted 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...

Read Full Post »

Kiev Sept 1941 to USA in 2020, looters, invaders, and ordinary peoples fates.

Posted on July 29, 2020 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hitler’s Germany attacked USSR on June 22, 1941. Kiev was bombed at 4 a.m. Once Nazis entered Kiev on September 19, 1941, the remaining population did what civilians caught in the war zone do - they fended for themselves, because they had no government over them to keep law and order. Most of them hated the Soviets-Bolsheviks-Communists. They had no idea what just rol...

Read Full Post »

The Iron Mask of COVID19 or how to lie down and hide under a white sheet...

Posted on July 23, 2020 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The most lastingly vivid example of personal injustice literature and history offer us is the story of a twin-king who, for his personal security and well-being, was isolated from the world and hidden behind a contraption shown in this photo, the Iron Mask. We know him as The Man in The Iron Mask. We all read Dumas, didn’t we? If you did not, you probably learned little or nothing from the films showing his captivity; none of his mental torment. But even he was not deprived of the abili...

Read Full Post »

Of liberals, progressives and destroyers of USA

Posted on June 19, 2020 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

To say that I am depressed on the eve of my always important birthday is not to say anything at all. The country that I love, the one I chose for my home, the one that accepted and loved me back, is in dire danger. With the cultural revolution, insurrection, widespread political and judicial corruption, with demoralized population that is being oppressed by people who ironically call themselves 'liberal' and 'progressive', who preach down to average American citizens that they fight for 'soci...

Read Full Post »


Posted on June 17, 2020 at 4:15 PM

Some cultures create, others destroy. It is far more lasting to build a structure than to ruin it by rabble. Some world structures are recognizable at once even if the current civilized world has never laid eyes on them in their glory days. Vandals have traditionally been associated with lower levels of human intelligence and progression. Nothing symbolizes world slavery better than the Colosseum of Rome. Slavery that ended long ago before any of our traceable ancestors were born. World slave...

Read Full Post »


Posted on June 14, 2020 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Americans need to know this. The closest group to American Negro slaves were Russian serfs, who were emancipated in 1861, just as US Civil War began...


USA Slaves 1860 census = 3,953,762 slaves

Russian Serfs/Slaves 1861=23,100,000 private serfs

and additional 23,000,000 were state owned serfs who also could be sold/deeded with the land, just as those ...

Read Full Post »