Dana Zatopkova

My comment on Dana Zatopkova obituary, The Times, March 28 2020.

Earlier comments indicate lack of understanding of what Communism is and the extremely important role played by sportsmen and sportswomen as functionaries of Communist regimes. Communism, like Nazism, is a program of ruthless elimination of people classified as the Other. Who belongs to that category depends on ideology and decisions of the managers of terror. The death to the Other is delivered in various forms, social death being the most common, often accompanied by physical death.

Careers in all spheres of life without exception are reserved for those serving the Communist criminal state. Emil Zatopek served that criminal state with dedication. His career flourished.

Winning Olympic medals does not make anyone a hero. You may be a hero and a person worth praising depending on who you are as a person and depending on choices you make.

It is useful to put things in perspective by comparing Emil Zatopek and his wife Dana to Janusz Kusociński, the Polish runner who won the gold medal in the 10k race at the Olympics of 1932 in Los Angeles.

After the German aggression on Poland in September 1939 Kusociński participated in the defense of Warsaw and was wounded twice. When the German occupation began, he quickly joined an underground military resistance organisation Wilki, the Wolves in English. This was one of the first underground organisations in occupied Poland, perhaps even the first one. It was founded in September and October 1939. As a result of denunciation, Kusociński was arrested by German Gestapo in March 1940, imprisoned and tortured. He was executed by the Nazis on June 21 1940 in Palmiry in a forest west of Warsaw.

When Kusociński joined the resistance, the Communist Soviet Union was an ally of Nazi Germany, having participated in the aggression on Poland in September 1939. Zatopek himself was a Communist and joined the Communist army after WWII. He also signed a despicable public letter condemning Milada Horakova, Czech female lawyer who was a member of underground resistance under the Nazi occupation and active in the politics after WWII. She was falsely accused by the Communists of a plot to overthrow the Communist regime and was executed by hanging.

My wife’s grandfather, Aleksander Głuchowski, was not a sportsman. He was a violinist and an officer of the Polish army in 1939. At about the time when Kusociński was executed by the Nazis, Aleksander was a POW in the Soviet Union in the infamous Kozelsk monastery, where several thousands of Polish officers were held earlier before being transported by train to an execution site in Katyń in western Russia. Aleksander was lucky to get out alive from the Soviet Union, and fought later in the Polish forces on the western front. When he returned to Poland in 1947, he was immediately arrested by the Communist secret police and imprisoned. He died in 1952, not long after his release from prison, at the age of 45. 1952 was also the year of the Olympic games in Helsinki, where Dana Zatopkova won gold and Emil Zatopek won three gold medals.

In 1952 my parents and other family members were starving and fighting for survival in Communist concentration camps in the Soviet Union.

This obituary is nothing but a pro-Communist cleansing of memory.


The Clueless and the Mythmakers

Book review. Comments on The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan and Thatcher and the End of the Cold War by Archie Brown review by Dominic Sandbrook, March 22 2020.

Ah, the Clueless and the Mythmakers, in other words Russian and East European Centre, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

John Paul II was Communist collaborator.

John Lewis Gaddis is wrong. John Paul II celebrated the 26th anniversary of his pontificate on October 15, 2004 with a performance of the Red Army Choir specially invited to the Vatican for this occasion. The concert was broadcast to Italy and Russia. The last song that evening, performed as encore, was Oka, the anthem of the Polish Communist troops formed in the Soviet Union in 1943.

The views of some of the leading historians are hopelessly naive.

Communists took over full control over the Catholic church in Eastern Europe and the Vatican happily played along. There was no chance for an anticommunist priest to rise through the ranks of the church hierarchy. Just see what happened to the Hungarian Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty. He was stripped of his cardinal title by the pope Paul VI for staunchly resisting Communist takeover of the church in Hungary. This decision has not been reversed by John Paul II.

There is also plenty of other evidence, also from everyday life, that conclusions reached in the hallways of University of Oxford or Yale University are simply wrong.

Communist ideology and its practical implementation in many countries are radically different from the western experience. Describing and interpreting it is a cognitive challenge. Looking for truth in the minutes of the Politburo meetings will not get you very far. You may just as well read Pravda.

Communism did not collapse and the Cold War has not been won by the West. If you think you have won but do not understand how it exactly happened, you are in serious trouble.


Communist brutality in Poland

Comment on The Times article We can’t ignore Turkey’s war on free speech by Hannah Lucinda Smith, March 18 2020

While I personally cannot add anything to the picture of the freedom of speech or human rights in Turkey, I would like to provide some information on violations of these rights in the European Union, in the country of Poland.

My wife and I were simultaneously fired from our state jobs in Poland for political reasons in 2015. The action against my wife Małgorzata Głuchowska, a pianist and piano teacher, involved fabricating fake statement signed by a psychologist, that due to some unspecified delusions my wife could not continue in her job in Zielona Góra, Poland, despite being the most successful pianist in the school. We have provided the state authorities with transcripts of two approximately 40-minutes meetings of MG with the psychologist (ordered under the threat of being fired from the job.

Earlier, we have addressed many texts to various Polish authorities, taking an active stance on some key issues. It quickly turned out that our rights declared theoretically in the country’s constitution and the EU’s documents are purely imaginary. The campaign against us was absolutely vicious. It was based on a typical Communist modus operandi.

We have provided top Polish authorities, including the Prime Ministers and Prosecutor General, as well as numerous European Parliament Members, with information about our case. No one asked for more details. No one wanted to know more, MEPs being no exception.

There is certainly an appetite and support for actions reinforcing pre-existing stereotypes and biases. There is, however, no appetite and no desire to act in cases contradicting the dominant mythology.

It seems therefore that violating freedom of speech and human rights is all right if you are a member of the EU, but not if you are outside. So while you continue to point and wag your finger at countries outside Europe, don’t forget the savagery and brutality in some of the Communist countries in the EU.


Russia’s orbit

Article Putin grabs rule for life in ‘biggest con of the century’ in The Times by Marc Bennetts, March 15 2020. Here is my comment.

All quiet on the Eastern Front?

This article, like many others of this type, simply tells the story as the Russian power machine wants it to be told. All the usual suspects are in their usual places. There is the omnipotent ruler, his supporters, unverifiable data of a meaningless poll, some completely insignificant details, a small band of protesters, a meaningless slogan. What have we learned from the article? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

This type of writing is based on the premise that the same basic principles can be applied to the description of reality in Russia as in the countries of the West, completely ignoring the devastating effect of the last hundred years in Russia. The Russian state has been catapulted by the bloody 1917 revolution and its genocidal consequences into a completely different geopolitical orbit. The rocket of Communist terror and mass murder lifted the population into a different part of sociopolitical space.

The political system exists only as a spectacle, a shop window, where decorations are changed from time to time, mannequins are moved around. This kind of journalism relates the motions seen through the shop window, nothing else. As a source of understanding anything significant about Russia, it is useless, although I do not consider the article’s author dimwitted, not at all.


False obituary

My comment on the obituary of the former First Secretary of the Communist party in Poland, Stanislaw Kania, Polish leader who saw off the threat of a Soviet invasion – obituary, The Telegraph, 10 March 2020.


Lech Borkowski   11 Mar 2020 7:55AM

This text is full of nonsense. The Solidarity trade union was created by the Communists themselves. Part of contemporary Communist mythology. There were many fake ‘movements’. This is one of many. All this hardliners vs. moderates is crap because it is pushing the false narrative prepared by the Communists.

This obituary is simply an attempt to further peddle the fake interpretation.

There were only cosmetic changes in Poland. Change of decorations. My wife and I were fired from our jobs in state institutions in 2015 after a long and vicious campaign. We were fired for political reasons. If things have changed so much in Poland, why they have remained the same?

My father deserted from the Communist army in January 1945, together with a large group of others. I fully approve of his decision. That’s the reason for actions against my family. Also our daughter was targeted in her school.

Communists re-branded themselves and simulate capitalism and democracy, but this is the same criminal organisation.The same criminal state. The same organised social violence.


The Times silent on Yalta 1945

One more comment on Marc Bennetts’ article Stalin’s death liberated us, say activists in The Times, March 6 2020. Two other ones were posted earlier.

The Times remained silent on the 75th anniversary of the Yalta agreement of February 1945.

At the end of WWII leaders of United States and Britain went out of their way to appease the genocidal regime of the Soviet Union. While they championed democracy for their own countries, they made key decisions and signed a pact with the Soviet Union without participation of the representatives of the affected countries of Eastern Europe, thus facilitating further atrocities by the Communists.

This event is often presented as a false alternative: either Yalta agreement or war with the Soviet Union.

At that moment, eastern Poland was occupied by the Soviet Union again, just like in 1939-1941.


Mongolia’s location

Two short comments about misleading article classification scheme of The Times, prompted by the recent text Not such a savage: how we got Genghis Khan all wrong by Mark Bridge. The first part is half-joking.

The keywords for article classification at the bottom of the text say ‘science, Europe, Germany’. Mongolia was apparently a Land in Germany. Germany’s unification under Bismarck in the 19th century dissolved Mongolia politically and culturally. And look what happened later. Mayhem.

It is a good thing Britain left the European Union. Otherwise, the future Times’ articles about UK would be classified ‘politics, Europe, Germany’.


My comment is […] about deceiving classification of the articles by The Times. Accepting this type of classification means essentially accepting all kinds falsifications and lies. Divorce from fact and truth occurs in small instalments. One or two terms at a time.

Communists celebrate Stalin’s anniversary

My two comments published today, following Marc Bennetts’ article Stalin’s death liberated us, say activists in The Times, March 6 2020.

Note the profound difference between the treatment of Nazi and Communist genocides on the pages of The Times. This includes readers’ comments.

I am Polish. My parents were held in Communist concentration camps in northern Russia for many years and I am obliged to point this out.

Millions of Communists participated. And they still do. This system of violence has not gone away. The idea of the camp is alive and well also today, The camp has not withered away. It thrives.


The article is misleading. Just look at some of the keywords:

firework display
to celebrate the anniversary
national holiday
national holiday of liberation
very beautiful
It was the right thing to do
firework show
“openly voice their opinions”
the period of mass repressions, when so many innocent people died – note the euphemisms

The event in Yekaterinburg is in fact a celebration of Stalin and a celebration of the Communist genocide. It is disguised a bit but it is a celebration nevertheless. Death of Stalin was no liberation. The very existence of the Soviet Union meant enslavement and terror.

The Times uncritically transmits these lies to a wider public in the West.

Now, a glance at the categories the article was classified into. Where do the murdered millions fit in? Ah, it must be ‘global politics’.


Eliminating victims of Communism

Comment about Tom Parfitt’s article in The Times, The family that tells Russia’s story from Stalin to Putin, dated March 2, 2020, although made available on March 1.

The millions of victims of Communism are now being killed for the second time. Today they are eliminated from the pages of The Times. The focus is on the people at the heart of the Soviet genocidal regime. No word about responsibility for the genocide.

You could write similar piece about a German family at the heart of Nazi power, some of whom express different views now. Many of them were educated, intelligent, cultured, caring, though not caring about all people.

If the article reveals anything, it is The Times’ contempt for the victims of Communism.


Invisible Hand

Ben MacIntyre’s piece in The Times, February 29 2020, Putin’s spies are pulp fiction characters. Here is my comment.

In 1968, at about the same time as the Soviet series, similar story was filmed and released as series on Polish Communist tv. It is about an agent of Polish Communist underground infiltrating the war-time Abwehr, German military intelligence in occupied Poland.

One should remember that this was the time, when children of the first generation of post-war Communists were growing up and this series provided them with a role model.

At about that time, or just a couple of years later, there was a weekly slot introducing to intelligence activities in the Sunday morning children tv show. It was called Invisible Hand, Niewidzialna Ręka.

Communist military intelligence continues to be of key importance in Poland. One of them is a high-profile internationally active politician, a graduate of Oxford. See my tweets of Feb 12 and Dec 19 2019.


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