Another obituary of Sergei Khrushchev

Another Sergei Khrushchev obituary. The Times, July 1, 2020. I posted nearly identical comment as under his obituary in The Telegraph. I added the first sentence

Sergei Khrushchev clearly continued to serve Soviet Russia during his years in the US.

I also posted another comment in response to a reader’s remark.


Someone in a comment below suggested that Solzhenitsyn should be in every western high school syllabus. No, he shouldn’t be. He was iconized undeservedly. There are reasons to doubt his whole legend.

You should read “Alexander Dolgun’s Story. An American in the Gulag” by Alexander Dolgun (1975), written by an American Embassy employee kidnapped from the street in Moscow by the Soviet secret service. Interestingly, Solzhenitsyn appears at the end of the book. Khrushchev’s name appears in the book as well.

The prosecutor who signed the fake accusations against Dolgun was Roman Rudenko, head of the Soviet delegation at the Nuremberg trials.

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Narrative invariance

My comment on the article Polish populists are rocked by liberal surge at ballot box by Maria Wilczek in The Times, 29 June 2020.


The narrative of the public life in Poland in general is presented in the Communist mode. This is essentially the narrative of self-appointed prison authorities explaining their role as guardians of dangerous prisoners.

Elections are presented as revealing tensions in the society between the educated, urbane, younger, more beautiful, world-friendly, in other words good progressive people on one side and uneducated, backward, irrational, prejudiced, xenophobic folks inhabiting mainly the countryside and small towns.

The situation is controlled by providing the entire cast of candidates: the good, the bad, and the ugly ones.

The choice is clear: in the long run the winner must be only one. The one who understands where the history’s arrow is pointing. Forward.

The Communist fake narrative was the primitive story of progress. The killings, the victims are mostly eliminated from the text or fake victims are presented instead. The post-1990 narrative strictly follows the same lines, although the slogans and details vary.

By listening to this story over and over again, people get used to the idea that this is THE story and expect more of the same the next time around. Brainwashing complete, check.

This narrative served the hideous dictatorship. Its aim was to provide justification for the entire system of direct and indirect violence. Today, this story continues to run in Poland.

The time invariance of this narrative and many other Communist invariants, which remain hidden from the media are key to understanding the system of control and social violence in Poland.

@LechSBorkowski

98.92 percent of the vote

My comment on the article Poland on brink of a new, pro-EU politics by Maria Wilczek in The Times, 28 June 2020.


This is merely a spectacle about elections and democracy pretending to be the real thing. It is not.

It is useful to refresh the memory somewhat. The first so-called ‘non-Communist’ Polish PM in 1989 was Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a Catholic Communist functionary, a three-time member of the Communist ‘Parliament’. In 1961 he won 97.42 percent of the vote, 96.60 percent in 1965, and 98.92 percent in 1969. Quite an achievement.

The first female PM 1992-1993 was Hanna Suchocka, who also was an MP in the Communist ‘Parliament’. She won 97.52 percent of the vote in 1980.

Mazowiecki and Suchocka were both members of the Freedom Union, a party to which Duda also belonged in early 2000s. Trzaskowski’s career revolves around people from the same environment. The Civic Platform he is associated with was created by people who were in the Freedom Union.

One more example of this nonsense. Earlier, Trzaskowski was a political assistant to Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, former member of the Communist party, who was firmly tied to the Freedom Union and the Civic Platform. However, Saryusz-Wolski was supported by the Law and Justice party in the 2017 contest for the President of the European Council against Donald Tusk, former PM from the Civic Platform.

I can imagine your head may be spinning by now. It should. This political goulash does not make any sense. It does not, because it is fake. The western readers get a tiny dose of this nonsense at any one time and are completely unable to follow this mess over time.

The Times prides itself on stimulating critical thinking. I don’t think this is true.

And don’t look for rescue to Oxford or Cambridge folks, because they are among the worst offenders. Those involved in the studies of Eastern Europe should rather be lecturing on How Not To Ask Obvious Questions.

@LechSBorkowski

Faking democracy in Poland

My second comment on the article Polish president looks for US troops to give him edge in election by Oliver Moody and Maria Wilczek in The Times, 26 June 2020.


In Poland, there is a democratic spectacle, but there is no democracy. There was no democracy since WWII.

The title of the article claims that there was a democracy ‘we fought for’. This is incorrect.

The opening paragraph is also incorrect. There was no uprising against Communism and no ‘transition to democracy’ in Poland. There was a staged simulation of a collapse of Communism. A provocation. Recommended reading on the general methodology of Communist provocations: The Triumph of Provocation by Józef Mackiewicz, published in Polish in 1962, in English by Yale University Press in 2009.

The reference to the Middle Ages is a typical slogan of the Communist propaganda.

Another recommended reading is Virtual Politics. Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet World by Andrew Wilson, Yale University Press 2005. “Performance was substituted for reality; performance was reality.” This quote refers to the Soviet Union but it is valid in post-1945 Poland as well. This means Poland today as well.

Virtual Politics by Andrew Wilson, Yale University Press 2005
Virtual Politics by Andrew Wilson, Yale University Press 2005

Communists have a long history of manufacturing fake movements pretending to oppose the ruling regime, beginning with operation Trust in the Soviet Union in the 1920s. After WWII they formed false underground resistance movement Wolność i Niezawisłość in Poland, i.e. Freedom and Independence. CIA was duped into giving money to it. Later on they fabricated the Solidarity trade union following essentially the Leninist idea. There is no way that any underground movement could function in Communist Poland. This simply contradicts the realities of everyday life.

All organised forms of resistance against Communism were liquidated in the 1940s and the 1950s. Its participants killed, tortured, imprisoned, or executed.

The main function of the article is not to explain reality in Poland. Its aim appears to support mainly the mythology of the alleged overthrow of Communism.

@LechSBorkowski

Empty spectacle of elections in Poland

My comment on the article Polish right is dismantling democracy, Lech Walesa warns by Oliver Moody and Maria Wilczek in The Times, 26 June 2020.


This is an empty spectacle presented as the ‘real thing’. There is no political difference and no difference of interest between the people mentioned in the article, just like there is no difference of interest among the cast of a theatre spectacle. They are part of the same show.

You need to understand that the entire ‘transition to democracy’ business in Poland is completely fake. Wałęsa and the entire Solidarity trade union were products of Communist political technologists. Even if you look at the candidates in the current ‘election’, they were part of the same political group some years earlier.

The issue of judges with Communist roots was suddenly made the centre of attention in December 2015. Why has it not been brought up during the previous 25 years? There was something else that happened in December 2015, which is much more important, which is real and reflects the real state of affairs in Poland, but has not been presented in the media.

Those with longer memory may remember that Wałęsa was portrayed as dangerous himself in the run-up to the presidential ‘election’ of 1995, when he ‘competed’ against the Communist Aleksander Kwaśniewski. The New York Times published then an opinion piece by Adam Michnik, son of a Soviet agent acting against the Polish state, warning about unpredictable, dark consequences.

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Added 28 June 2020.

Correction. The last paragraph should read as follows:

Those with longer memory may remember that Wałęsa was portrayed as dangerous himself in the run-up to the presidential ‘election’ of 1990, when he ‘competed’ against the Catholic functionary of the Communist regime Tadeusz Mazowiecki. On 23 November 1990, The New York Times published an opinion piece Why I Won’t Vote for Lech Walesa by Adam Michnik, son of a Soviet agent acting against the Polish state, warning about unpredictable, dark consequences.

Sergei Khrushchev’s obituary in The Telegraph

My comment on Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet leader Nikita who ended up swearing allegiance to America – obituary in The Telegraph, 22 June 2020.


Both Sergei Khrushchev and his father Nikita Khrushchev lived at the center of the Soviet dictatorship, built it and served it to the best of their ability. Millions of people were tortured, killed, imprisoned in concentrations camps, expropriated, resettled forcefully, exiled, and had their life destroyed in other ways. And yet: look, no victims!

Obituary suggests that it was the Khrushchev family who have become some kind of victims of Communists. What a ridiculous nonsense.

My grandparents Klemens Ostrowski and his wife Elżbieta had a farm near the village of Buczany in the Brasław county in the north-east corner of pre-WWII Poland. Post-WWII, the Soviet Union occupied eastern Polands with a little help from Churchill and Roosevelt, as a result of the illegal Yalta deal. They were stripped of their Polish citizenship, their farm confiscated by the Soviet criminal state. Even their barn was taken apart, transported several kilometres to the newly installed Soviet collective, and reassembled there. My grandparents and four of their children were imprisoned in Communist concentration camps in various parts of the Soviet Union. My mother was imprisoned from 1949 to 1956 in the area of Arkhangelsk. She met my father there. My father was imprisoned in 1945.

This obituary falsifies history. It repeats the Communist narrative, presenting the genocidal Communist regime not as gigantic criminal organisation, but as an alternative way to seek progress and happiness. Why then The Telegraph does not describe Nazism as an alternative pursuit of happiness and prosperity?

Quote:

But Khrushchev insisted that his father would have understood. “He was in the Communist Party because he believed it would be best for all of us.”

Who are “us”? A Nazi leader and Party member would also say “He was in the Nazi Party because he believed it would be best for all of us.”

Here “we” does not refer to all people of course. It refers only to the subset of the population supporting the totalitarian dictatorship. The rest was eliminated in various ways. Nikita Khrushchev has not changed this policy by one bit. Only methods were altered.

In Poland, there is a similar story. Adam Gierek is the son of the former First Secretary (1970-1980) of the Communist Party Edward Gierek. He studied in Moscow and had a successful academic career. More recently he has been a senator in Poland and a Member of European Parliament. His membership in the totalitarian Communist Party was not an obstacle. Quite the opposite.

Back to my family. My grandparents stayed in their family house after returning from the camps. The Soviet occupiers imposed strict administrative ban on renovating the house and refused to connect the house to the electric grid throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, forcing my youngest uncle, the only person remaining at the house after the death of my grandparents, to move out. This is the genocidal policy at work.

My parents managed to move from zone occupied by the Soviet Union to the Communist Polish People’s Republic in 1956. Here they continued to be harassed by the Communists. Being a son of survivors of Communist concentration camps I had practically no chance to obtain a PhD in Poland, I went to the US in 1987 and received my PhD in Physics from the University of Florida in 1995. I returned to Poland and began working at the A. Mickiewicz University in Poznań. No effort was spared to make my life at work maximally miserable, frustrating, and to force me to quit. The aim was to make my coming to work at the University most traumatic and humiliating. I had to bring my own personal computer to work, because the university would not provide me with one.

Later on an extremely vicious campaign was unleashed simultaneously against my pianist wife, me, and our daughter, who was in elementary school at the time. Communist methods in full swing.

We were both eventually fired in 2015. The authorities fabricated a fake medical statement, that my wife suffered from unspecified delusions and had to be fired from the State School of Music in Zielona Góra, where she was the most successful piano teacher. We demanded truth, honesty, adherence to officially declared law, respect for human dignity, and common sense. We let the top authorities know about this. We also provided hundreds of MPs with information and documents. The perpetrators were protected and promoted. The prosecutor office refused to act and falsified the case.

I was forced to look for work abroad. I am currently working at a greengrocer’s in West London. My wife is unemployed now.

This obituary is one of many texts falsifying both history and contemporary situation. People from the core of the murderous totalitarian power are presented as the good guys who wanted to do good things. This is truly ridiculous.

@LechSBorkowski

Research

Prisoner of false narrative

Prisoners of History by Keith Lowe review — pulling down statues isn’t the answer by Richard Preston in The Times, June 20, 2020. Here is my comment on the book and its review in The Times.


I looked up the book at its publisher’s website and read a few pages about the Soviet military monument in Warsaw. I find the text being of poor quality, merely a retelling of an official story. The problem is that Poland is an epicentre of falsifications of both recent European history and contemporary politics.

First, the author would have to address the false ‘democratic transition’ of 1989-90. It was completely fake. To those unaccustomed to Communist lies, a lot of silly stories manufactured en masse by the Communists might ring true – they simply have no critical instruments to verify their veracity or even to ask proper questions. The main falsification is that the Communism collapsed. Just like that.

If the author bothered to look around, he would have found plenty to write and wonder about. Unfortunately, he did not. Hence, a very superficial and totally non-revealing story.

Just look at one of the central squares in Warsaw next to the Warsaw Centralna train station. It contains the monument to Joseph Stalin from 1953, called Pałac Kultury i Nauki, i.e. Palace of Culture and Science. It looks like a smaller version of a similar Soviet building in Moscow. It housed the central office of the Polish Academy of Science before 1990 and it houses it today. Remarkable continuity, isn’t it? Where is the supposed ‘end of Communism’ here?

The allegedly ‘nationalistic’ party of Prawo and Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice), which is in government since 2015 did not mind that offices of its MPs in Kołobrzeg (German: Kolberg) at the Baltic coast in the region of Pomerania were located for years at the Kniewski street (ulica Kniewskiego). Władysław Kniewski was a Communist assassin, 1902-1925, who together with two others volunteered to kill an agent of the Polish police embedded in the Communist movement. However, before their meeting with the police informer, they were stopped by two policemen in civilian clothes. They started shooting and wounded heavily one of the policemen. A chase ensued, in which other policemen and members of the public were involved. They were caught.

All three were tried, received a death sentence and were executed by shooting.

When the Soviet Union seized control in Poland after WWII, the three Communist volunteer assassins were specially honored. Streets were named after them. The place in Warsaw where their execution took place, was called Kniewski, Hibner and Rutkowski Park and a monument was unveiled in 1950.

Back to Kołobrzeg/Kolberg. Law and Justice MPs had an office at the Kniewski street. They didn’t mind the name and they have not tried to change it.

Quite a few street names were changed more than 25 years after the alleged ‘transformation’. The Law and Justice party existed for quite a long time before that moment, so why they have not raised the issue much earlier? I myself have been a member of the Law and Justice Party from 2008 to 2010 and I have never heard anyone proposing or demanding to change street names. I stopped being a member, when I saw that the party was completely phony.

When in May 2016 my wife and I rode through the streets of Krosno Odrzańskie (Crossen an der Oder in German) in what is now western Poland, we saw that many of them had Communist names. One of the longest was the Red Army Street. I recorded a video driving on it in both directions. It is available on Youtube and on Vimeo. I used a recording of Lenin’s 1919 speech from March 1919 as the audio track.

These are just couple of examples. There is plenty to see, if you can read. It seems that western scholars, journalists, and writers do not want to read. They are mainly interested in reinforcing the all-familiar narrative.

The narrative they are reinforcing, however, is completely wrong.

Now to the Katyń monument in Jersey City. Polish officers in Katyń and other sited of Soviet mass murder, were shot in the back of the head one by one by single shot from a hand gun. Bayonet was used by Polish troops in earlier wars and was symbolic in some ways, but it had nothing to do with the method of killing Poles in Katyń. This monument is quite clearly a Communist provocation. One can excuse simple servicemen of the failure to understand that they were backing the enemy project, when it was originally proposed and erected.

In my personal opinion, the person behind the project has likely followed instruction from Communist Warsaw. I can’t imagine any sane sculptor seriously trying to honor the murdered Polish officers with this sculpture. I emphasize that this is my personal opinion.

Did the book’s author notice, that in the centre of Warsaw, there is no monument to the Polish officers murdered in Katyń? There is the monument to Stalin instead.

One should also note that the Polish Museum of WWII was located in Gdańsk/Danzig several years ago. This move obviously follows the Communist narrative which tried to present German expansion as the main source of Polish problems in history and to use Gdańsk/Danzig as the centerpiece of this narrative. The Solidarity trade union was located by the Communists in Gdańsk as part of this grand narrative. There was nothing accidental about it.

The Museum’s natural and the only logical place is Warsaw of course. I haven’t noticed any significant protests over the Museum’s location coming either from Poland or from abroad. Instead, western scholars of Polish history and culture were involved in a fake row about the person of Museum’s director couple of years ago.

@LechSBorkowski

Good man Goodman

My comment on the article Agent Gustav: Geoffrey Goodman, the Fleet Street titan who spied on Harold Wilson by Gabriel Pogrund, Martin Dixon and  Tom Calver in The Sunday Times, 13 June 2020. The text includes the comment I made on the June 8, 2019 article by Jake Kerridge in The Telegraph, ‘Why should my family apologise?’ Kim Philby’s granddaughter Charlotte on her new spy novel.


Characteristically, these Communist spy cases are presented in a moral vacuum. There is a man/woman of ideals, there is a foreign power, but there are no victims. The victims have been sanitized out of the picture. There seems to be only one issue, that of loyalty to the state, which the spy is the citizen of.

Victims? They have not hit or murdered anyone personally, they only delivered information, so why talk about victims?

The defense of informer’s family and his sympathizers follows the familiar line “he was a good man”, an idealist or an intellectual, where the “good” extends into many dimensions.

Quote from the article:

Karen Goodman released a joint statement with her brother, saying she was “surprised” by the extent of her father’s involvement with the StB.

“Our father was a lifelong socialist and at the same time deeply patriotic and devoted to creating a better life for everyone. He was a strong internationalist […]”

Apparently, Goodman’s family and I are using different dictionaries. Our understanding of the word “everyone” is different. It is similar to the difference between “people” and “former people” in the Soviet Union. I think the full sentence should rather be “Our father was a lifelong socialist […] and devoted to creating a better life for everyone, with the exception of former people”. The code-word ‘internationalist’ is basically an admission that he viewed Communist supremacy as desirable and was a faithful disciple of the ideology.

Unsurprisingly, in a recent BBC Radio 4 podcast by David Cannadine about Anthony Blunt, the defense of his spying for the Soviet Union used similar arguments: man of ideals, great, great, great many times over. Here spying for the genocidal dictatorship is presented as an issue of ‘intellectual liberty’.

Then we have the case of Kim Philby and his relatives. In an article in The Telegraph on 8 July 2019, on the occasion of the publication of her spy novel, his granddaughter Charlotte does not seem to have any feelings of shame:

I wonder if Charlotte ever worries about having to explain to her own children what their great-grandfather did. “[…] It’s not like he was, I don’t know if I can say this, but it’s not like he was a Nazi apologist. And also they’ve grown up in Hackney, where Communism isn’t necessarily a dirty word.”

Look ma, no victims.

The victims of Communism have been mostly eliminated from the media, from schools, from public consciousness.

Members of my family, Polish citizens, were imprisoned in Communist concentration camps in the Soviet Union after the second World War. Some were tortured. Their lives were destroyed. The Soviet Communists confiscated their farms. They continued to be harassed and spied upon throughout their life.

My wife and I lost our jobs at state institutions in Poland 2015 after a long and brutal campaign aimed at eliminating us from public life. Typical Communist methods were used against us. I worked at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. My wife was employed at the State School of Music in Zielona Góra.

They attacked also our daughter in her elementary school, where the head teacher and my daughter’s main teacher participated in organized provocations.

Philby, Blunt, Goodman, and many others served those henchmen.

Few years ago I read an interview with the daughter of Rudolf Hoess, who was the commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Her father was a warm family man. In her words, “he was the nicest father in the world”. His children had a happy childhood. You can also watch part of the interview online.

I do not blame the children or grandchildren for the deeds of their parents or grandparents. However, I expect them and the newspaper writers to have a genuine awareness of the enormity of the Communist crimes and to call things by their true name. If you worked for the criminal Communist regime, that means you worked for the criminal Communist regime.

My family and I are not faceless numbers. We are real people whose lives were devastated as a result of Communist persecution. This is an ongoing story, not a thing of the past.

@LechSBorkowski

Consequences of imperialism

My comments on the article We need to talk about empire: a conversation about Britain’s history is overdue by Matthew Syed in The Sunday Times, 14 June 2020.


Imperialism has many aspects and is not limited to race relations.

The imperial view still permeates the world politics. The current world order is an outcome of WWII.

It is useful to compare the Brexiteers’ outrage at the loss of sovereignty to the EU and the decisions made in Yalta regarding Eastern Europe. Forced resettlement, arbitrary redrawing of borders and giving a free hand to the genocidal regime of the Soviet Union was no problem for the UK elites. God forbid, however, if even a tiny fraction of something similar were to happen to the UK!

At the end of the world war, when the enormity of crimes was so obvious, the American and British elites showed that preserving their own narrowly perceived short-term interests was far more important to them than the acceptance that every human being and every human life is valuable. National mythologies were constructed around the fight against Nazism, while Communism gained the status of an acceptable and perhaps even inevitable genocide. The disastrous and illegal deal at Yalta was signed by Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. It was later presented as inevitable and the only possibility.

Yes, the leaders of the so-called ‘free world’ facilitated the loss of my family members’ rightful citizenship, their rights, and their imprisonment in Communist concentration camps, and confiscation of their property. Ethnic cleansing was viewed as acceptable and logical.

Later on they proceeded to lecture people from other countries on the principles of democracy, while denying the self-rule and sovereignty in various parts of the world.

However, decisions that seemed good or reasonable in the UK or in the United States in the short term, in the long term were disastrous also to them.

The Communists of Soviet Union and Eastern Europe have brilliantly exploited this selective and delusional approach to justice and sovereignty.

@LechSBorkowski

Examples of Communist narrative in Poland

My two comments following the article Poland seeks to outwit Russia with canal to sea by Maria Wilczek in The Times, 6 June 2020.


The building of this canal is an exercise in telling the fake narrative. Poland does not need this canal. The goal of the functionaries in control of Poland is to solidify the present irrationally places Polish borders and make them seem permanent, while pretending that Warsaw is standing up to Russia.

As a result of the Soviet aggression in WWII Poland lost half of its territory, My parents’ families and my wife’s families come from eastern Poland occupied by the Soviet Union between 1939-1941 and after 1944.

The centerpiece of the Communist/Russian narrative in this part of Europe is to present this aggression as justified and irreversible. Hence the idea to build the canal to focus attention and create physical barriers and visible signs of the Polish-Russian border. It is ridiculous.

The Polish so-called ‘democratic transition’ was a farce, a Communist provocation. A lot of noise, little substance. The decorations changed, but not the essence. Polish authorities are subordinates of the Soviet/Russian narrative.

The West is duped, as indeed are many of the Poles.

@LechSBorkowski


As I wrote in my yesterday’s comment, the canal described in the article is part of a false, Communist narrative.

Let me give you couple more examples from the same script.

In recent years, the national Museum of WWII was located in Gdańsk/Danzig instead of Warsaw. Gdańsk/Danzig was an episode of WWII, not the main stage. Warsaw is the only place in Poland, where such museum could stand. It is due to the Communist management, control and falsification of history and memory that decision to locate the Museum in Gdańsk was made.

In the centre of the Polish capital stands the Communist monument imposed by the Soviet Union, the so-called ‘Palace of Culture and Science’. It was erected in the early 1950s. Polish Academy of Science’s central office continues to be located in this Stalinist building – symbol of the Communist dictatorship and genocide.

There is no monument in the centre of Warsaw to the Polish officers murdered by the Soviet Union in 1940. There is also silence on Soviet murders of members of Polish WWII resistance. Similar silence surrounds the genocidal treatment of anyone resisting Communism, including Poles in the area occupied by the Soviet Union.

As I wrote in a comment following the Jan 24 2020 op-ed article in The Times:

“About hundred years after the Bolshevik revolution the West still refuses to deal with the Bolshevik approach to history. History is not something that happens by itself and is written and told with limited manipulation only. Not at all. History is planned, organised and executed. Given sufficient resources, material, human and organisational, history can be planned and scripted just like a theatre play.”

Poland is a country of evolved and evolving Communism.

@LechSBorkowski

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