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.
Due to Russia’s military action of ‘De-Nazify’ Western Ukraine – we were told NOT to attend! The question is ‘why’? On May 1st, during the May Day March through London – Soviet Red Flags were seen flying (carried by all kinds of British people) and their was a general air of dismissing the Tory-led and BBC empowered pro-Neo-Nazi message currently being perpetuated by the British State! My Grandfathers (who fought during WWII in France, Germany, the North Atlantic and Hong Kong) would have been disgusted to see a Britain they fought for kow-towing to a Tory right-wing government and a corrupt British Establishment! My family would have attended the Soviet War Memoria and ‘stood’ in Solidarity and pride with our Russian Comrades!
As he wrote during interrogation, until the very end of April 1945, Hitler’s inner circle, who was next to him in the Reich Chancellery bunker in Berlin, did not know the Fuhrer’s final intentions.
“Only on April 30, in the afternoon, he called me together with my adjutant, Colonel Betz. Hitler met me in the hallway and led me to his room. He shook my hand and said: “Baur, I want to say goodbye to you, I want to thank you for all the years of service,” the ex-pilot recalled.
“He was very old and haggard. His hands were trembling, it was clear to me that they had made the final decision to commit suicide,” the military man recalled.
Hitler told him that he wanted to donate his favourite painting as a keepsake – a portrait of King Frederick the Great by Rembrandt that hung in his room. Baur tried to dissuade Hitler from committing suicide, “because then everything will fall apart in a few hours.”
“My soldiers can’t and don’t want to hold on anymore. I can’t take it anymore,” Hitler replied.
He went on to say that “the Russians are on Potsdamer Platz” and could capture him alive, allegedly using sleeping gas. Hitler added that he ordered to burn his corpse and the corpse of his wife Eva Braun, because he was afraid that they would be hanged for show, as the Italian partisans had previously hanged the corpse of the leader of fascist Italy, Benito Mussolini.
This is the debilitating effects of creeping Trotskyism, racism and the associated forces of predatory capitalism that have infiltrated and gnawed away at the ideological underpinnings of the British Communist Movement ever since Khrushchev’s betrayal of Comrade Joseph Stalin in 1956! Unfortunately, this non-dialectical and non-historical materialist approach to assessing this situation will cost the CPB dearly in the future, as the grandchildren and great grandchildren of those British working-class men and women who fought fascism in Spain and throughout WWII – and who participated in the Chinese Revolution (and even took the Chinese and North Korean side in the early 1950s), will never forgive this dalliance with fascism and Neo-Nazism in the Ukraine!
Both grandfathers were staunch Socialists and joined-up to fight Hitler and support the USSR! Both had pondered fighting in the Spanish Civil War but were too young or hindered by family issues. So much of that time informs or present and we cannot understand how ordinary British people are allowing a far-right Tory government to force us – as a nation with a proud anti-fascist history – to support a bunch of cut-throats and paedophiles who worship Hitler and hate Russia!
As a variant of it has worked in the past, or so the thinking goes, it is sure to work again in contemporary circumstances providing the ‘correct’ and ‘applicable’ frequency of ‘relevancy’ can found, sustained and delivered in the right way! Of course, this is not easy but sometimes it can be an exercise in simplicity itself! I suspect the British Tory government is behind the ‘Bucha’ massacre in Neo-Nazi Ukraine – just as the British Army was behind the ‘Baku’ massacre in Azerbaijan! The connecting agent is ‘Winston Churchill’ who almost certainly ordered the former – and whose Tory descendants have ordered the latter! In its usual ‘perverse’ manner, the Tories are offering a ‘homage’ to their demagogue!