And then yesterday (following the announcement of the Death Sentences for the foreign members of the Hitlerite Azov Battalion) Zelensky ordered his Neo-Nazi thugs to dug up the grave of this Red ArmyThr Hero and desecrate his remains as a matter of revenge! The message is clear – how dare the Russians stand up to Western imperislism in the past and in the present!
There is an added complication involving the fact that Guys Marsh Military Hospital also treated primarily British, American and Soviet POWs who had been held by the Imperial Japanese and who had suffered terrible psychological and physical abuse! It is believed that prior to the Soviet Union declaring war on Imperial Japan on August 9th, 1945 – the Nazi Germans would ship tens of thousands of Soviet POWs to Japanese-occupied Northeast China – where they were worked to death or used for military and medical experiments. As V. Duschin was ‘liberated’, rescued, brought to England and had died at least six-months prior to the Soviet ‘liberation’ of Northeast China (and the eventual surrender of Imperial Japan on September 3rd, 1945). However, V Duschin is recorded as being rescued by the British Army during its drive across Northwest Europe – which must have been around December 1944 – January 1945, but the question remains ‘where’? There were hundreds of sub-camps of various sizes that the Nazi Germans ‘liquidated’ (that is ‘massacred’) as the Allies approached and it could be that V Duschin had been originally moved into Western Europe to work before his health failed. More research is required.
I wrote quite a long article about John Ruskin’s rather ornate grave-stone – which is really a quite wonderful, and very large Celtic Cross, engraved
Dear Gillian Things for ordinary people in the UK are not functioning properly at the moment. We usually get Mooncakes from Hoo Hing in Mitchem
Dove Cottage – Wordsworth Trust One of my primary teachers – Richard Hunn (1949-2006) – once contributed a section that was published in a book