Sunday, August 9, 2015
ONLY from a short time ago Antony Beevor the subject of a prior blog entry.
NOW again but with more vigor.
With personal reply from Mr. Beevor as seen thanks to the English Guardian.
"Russian officials have ordered libraries to remove books by well-known British historians John Keegan and Antony Beevor, saying they promote Nazi-era stereotypes, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The move is part of a broader official push in Russia that is seeing school curricula and textbooks reshaped to cut out alleged foreign influences and provide a Kremlin-backed narrative of history "
The particular offensive book among those taken from the shelves "Downfall, 1945". The Battle of Berlin, 1945, most specifically so the reporting of mass rape of German women as perpetrated by soldiers of the Red Army!!
"By banning my book, Russia is deluding itself about its past" by Antony Beevor
"Over the past 24 hours I have been receiving slightly ironic congratulations by email from fellow historians. They were prompted by the order from the Ministry of Education in the Yekaterinburg region of Russia to withdraw all my books from schools and colleges." [Antony Beevor]
"Denying historical facts is wrong, whether they concern the Holocaust or Red Army atrocities" [Antony Beevor]
"We think of the absolute control of Stalinist society, and yet the Red Army was astonishingly ill-disciplined" [Antony Beevor]
THAT EXPERIENCE OF GERMAN WOMEN IN 1945 NOT UNIQUE. RED ARMY TROOPS DURING THAT WESTWARD ADVANCE [FROM THE TIME OF KURSK IN 1943] TOWARD BERLIN BEHAVING IN THE MANNER OF THE MONGOLS AS MIGHT HAVE BEEN WITNESSED DURING THE TIME OF GENGHIS KHAN. MASS RAPE OF THE LOCAL WOMEN AND THEFT A NORM OF BEHAVIOR AND DULY NOTED AT THE TIME!!