My comment on the article Belarus protests: It’s hard to sleep hearing the screams of people being tortured by Patryk Jaracz in The Times, 18 August 2020.
You need to distinguish between the grotesque and the reality.
The article is grotesque.
My father was a prisoner in the Brest citadel in 1945. Cries of men tortured by the Soviet NKVD were heard at night by other prisoners.
This article is a poor copy of the original story. An attempt to wrestle control of an idea of the story.
For more than seventy years they pretended the story did not exist. Then, they decided to manufacture a fake.
My father was held in Communist concentration camp in northern Russia, in the area of Arkhangelsk, from 1945 to 1954. In the camp, people sometimes chopped their own hand off to avoid having to go to work. Afterwards he spent two years in exile. My mother was held in a similar camp from 1949 to 1956.
My pianist wife and I were expelled from our jobs in Poland in 2015. This is the story.