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Re: PartlyCloudy speaks up

Posted by sigismund on December 30, 2010, at 15:16:19

In reply to PartlyCloudy speaks up, posted by PartlyCloudy on December 27, 2010, at 11:48:33

>When the Russian revolution occurred, Latvia became part of the U.S.S.R. and lost its independence.

I wonder if it was before? I think the Bolshevik's just managed to create the USSR out of the Tsarist empire.

>I never understood the melancholy that hung over the family: none of the war experiences were ever discussed in front of us children.


> My grandfather, Jacob, was shattered by his life experience. He struggled in the English-speaking culture and worked on a pig farm, and then in a brick factory. Such an irony that the fine, educated Latvian was only able to provide for his family as an unskilled laborer in capitalistic societies.

Yeah. Just so sad.

Antisemitism seems to be buit into the gospels, and this (for me) translated into that relatively benign anglo antisemitism. In fact, I could never understand it which is one reason I made a point of doing so and reading about it. I couldn't understand it because I came from a country where the prejudice was entirely (of course not, but anyway) based on skin colour (and there was class, and voice tone and all the other things people have to prove they are better than anyone else). I thought it was interesting and obviously true when German propoganda said it would have been much easier to tell who were the jews if they were green. The despised people when I grew up were the aborigines, because their land had been stolen and they had to be worthless. I could not understand it, and neither could my parents so sometimes they would say 'Was he mad? He must have been mad.' FWIW, Stalin did not agree, noting with great interest the lack of a mass revolutionary movement against Hitler.




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