Praising Communism one Sputnik at a time

My comment on the article This virus is a shot in the arm for science by David Aaronovitch in The Times, April 1 2020

A veiled praise of Soviet Communism through the praise of Sputnik. As the Soviet post-WWII space program was build on the backs of German scientific and engineering slave labourers, the author should also mention the Nazi leadership and their earlier commitment to their war-time rocket program.

The concern in the current situation is how to save human lives in the fight against the virus. This is 180 degrees opposite to the mindset of Communist leaders who did not care about human lives, as they were busy killing and otherwise eliminating millions of people. I am writing this as a son of parents who were imprisoned in Communist concentration camps. I am also a scientist, like Paul Nurse, referred to in the article. Like him, I come from a modest background. However, needless to say, I do not share his early fascination with Sputnik. Another difference between him and me is the fact, that he can continue his work while I was removed from university in Poland not long ago for political reasons.

There are more appropriate analogies and no shortage of scientific role models. One of them is Marie Curie. Let me quote from the BBC’s website: “The Curie’s research was crucial in the development of x-rays in surgery. During World War One Curie helped to equip ambulances with x-ray equipment, which she herself drove to the front lines. The International Red Cross made her head of its radiological service and she held training courses for medical orderlies and doctors in the new techniques.”

Both now and during World War One, proper testing and diagnosis is of crucial importance. Both situations are new in many ways and both involve designing and manufacturing new equipment to save human lives.



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.



Poland’s litmus test shows red

Comment on the article The Volunteer: Jack Fairweather’s Auschwitz spy thriller wins Costa prize, by David Sanderson, The Times, January 29 2020. Polish version: Polski test lakmusowy ma wynik czerwony.

Lech S Borkowski comment in The Times 29 January 2020
Lech S Borkowski, comment in The Times 29 January 2020

29 January 2020

Five years ago, Pilecki’s son and daughter have not been invited by the Polish authorities to the 70 anniversary of the liquidation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. This is a litmus test of who runs Poland. They showed that they indeed are Communists, because only a Communist could do such a thing.

Polish authorities did everything possible to humiliate Pilecki’s children. They contacted them only in the morning of January 27 2015, several hours before the event. They used different excuses. They said that the PM’s chancellery couldn’t find the phone number to Pilecki’s daughter Zofia.

I am pretty sure they knew the number perfectly well.

They called to someone from a non-governmental organisation, trying to obtain Zofia’s number. The official from the PM’s office allegedly did not know the exact spelling of Pilecki’s surname. A lie of course. Then he allegedly asked if Pilecki’s children are still alive and if they are capable of attending the ceremony. Again, a typical Communist lie.

Zofia Pilecka refused to accept this last minute pseudo-invitation, as this would be accepting the humiliation.

Grandson of the Auschwitz camp commandant Rudolf Hoess was invited to the event and participated. Apparently, the Polish government had no problem finding his phone number.

This is not an isolated incident. My wife Małgorzata Głuchowska and I were both expelled from out jobs in Polish state institutions in 2015 for political reasons. My parents were imprisoned in Communist concentration camps in the Soviet Union after WWII. My wife’s grandfather was imprisoned by the Communist secret police in 1947, upon his return from England. He was held as a POW in the Soviet Union in 1940-41. He later fought in the Allied forces on the western front.

I am proud of my family’s heritage and my parents’ unwavering stand against the Communist butchers. Firing my wife from her job at the State School of Music in Zielona Góra and me from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań is their act of revenge. I know you read silly stories about transition to democracy in Poland. Those stories are not true.

I will close this comment with reference to Rafael Lemkin, Polish-Jewish lawyer, who coined the term ‘genocide’ and was the force behind United Nations resolution on genocide. His person was completely erased from public life in Poland and other countries as well. I learned about him from the Internet. He was very critical of Communist crimes, hence the erasure.

P.S. Pilecki was not a spy. He was a member of the Polish resistance.




The camp thrives

My comment following the review of tv documentary Belsen: Our Story, review: a devastating and dignified oral history of Holocaust horrors, by Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, January 28, 2020
Lech Borkowski

Great documentary.

I made the following note in 2014:

“The last century, beginning with World War I, has seen an incredible devastation of everything. Here in the east-central regions of Europe, especially in Poland, we live on the civilization cemetery. And I am afraid we have not seen it all yet.

Traditionally, the crimes and criminal codes focus on the harm done to human bodies and material objects. What about the incredible devastation of human souls or psyche, if you prefer the latter term?

Are we out of the concentration camp yet? No, we are not. The answer depends somewhat on the definition of the camp. The old, stereotypical image of the concentration camp is the place surrounded by barbed wire, with watchtowers, guards with dogs and emaciated prisoners in striped uniforms.

The idea of the camp, however, is alive and well also today, The camp has not withered away. It thrives.

October 23, 2014”

My both parents were long-time prisoners of Communist concentration camps in the Soviet Union: my father 8 + 2 in exile, my mother 7 years. They were Polish citizens and opposed to Communism. They both survived, luckily, but the trauma was enormous, especially for my mother. For her the war, which started in 1939, when she was twelve years old, has never ended.

More recently, my wife, my daughter, and I learned, that rumours about the liquidation of the camps were vastly exaggerated. Why and how it is possible, you can read at

Irma Grese, the sadistic Nazi camp guard is not such a rarity. A certain Communist woman active in the Soviet Union and Poland was a sadistic torturer, with particular focus on genitalia. She had a PhD in philosophy from Paris obtained between WWI and WWII.

My wife, a pianist and piano teacher, experienced extreme forms of sadism in her place of work, in the State School of Music in Zielona Góra, Poland, between 2011 and 2015. Standing outside the school building, on the street, you would have never guessed, what is happening inside. In this case the camp guards were several of her fellow female employees. These were not accidental forms of social violence. These were methods meticulously scripted and based on the Communist know-how. We have also learned in the process, that these guards are fully protected by functionaries at the higher levels of the state apparatus, all the way to the top, the PM, the president, as well as the prosecutor office.

It is a mistake to think that the camp exists only as an isolated place, surrounded by barbed wire. The Communist state perfected the idea of the camp and developed it much further. This is where we are today.



Bolshevik approach to history

My second comment on The Times view on Vladimir Putin’s comments about the Holocaust: History Lesson, January 24 2020.

Lech S Borkowski, comment on The Times 24 January 2020 op-ed article
Lech s Borkowski, comment on The Times 24 January 2020 op-ed article

Lech Borkowski

I remember a Bolshevik quote about history. It goes more or less like this: “We will ride the history’s horse to its death”. This is a rough translation of a quote which I remember in Polish. This phrase might have been used by Mayakovsky, the leading poet of early Soviet Russia.

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. Contents of entire archives can be planned. You can design tomorrow’s museums even before anything they will commemorate happens. After all, what is history? History is just a bunch of stories told over and over again. These stories cannot be allowed to be told by some random people with unpredictable consequences. You write these stories by organising, among other things, fake mass protests.

Having a good history is a strategic asset. This asset can be acquired piece by piece through organised action with a long-term planning. History can be conquered, controlled and managed in a way similar to conquering territory. In this case, the area of the war theatre is the territory of the human mind, its imagination and memory. By using the right tools you can train entire nations or religious groups to follow your historical narrative. And you can liquidate those, whose thinking cannot be controlled.(*)

The anniversary of the liquidation of the Auschwitz concentration camp is an unmissable opportunity for staging provocations.

Organising a controversy is a good way to program human minds. Few would remember an anniversary where everyone agreed and everyone was polite and predictably boring. Controversy makes it memorable. There are professional cadres whose job is to design a scheme of provocation and supervise its dynamics, injecting changes as required by the current situation.

The casual observer is supposed to get emotionally involved and choose voluntarily one of the sides of controversy. Just like in a film, one can select an actor, whose words and character feel closer to one’s heart. This choice is, however, a superficial one because it is not about character A or character B. It is about the narrative and its anchoring points.


(*) I am a physicist. In 2015, my wife and I were both expelled from our jobs at the State School of Music in Zielona Góra, and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, respectively.


Stakhanovites of death

My first comment following The Times view on Vladimir Putin’s comments about the Holocaust: History Lesson, The Times January 24 2020.

Lech Borkowski

The event in question is a prime example of the weaponisation of history. In the hands of Communist regimes of Eastern Europe under Soviet control, everything was used as a weapon. Literally everything.

WWII was a meeting of two genocidal ideologies, each with its own killing dynamics and its own algorithms of the delivery of death. The Bolshevik regime of the Soviet Russia was the first to embark on its murderous trajectory on a mass scale long before WWII. The Stakhanovites of death have exceeded expectations and earlier ‘norms’ of killings. The Communist genocide and the associated concentration camps preceded the Nazi invention of the gas chambers.

“Just as the Polish government was wrong two years ago to make it illegal to accuse Poles of complicity in the Holocaust, so Mr Putin is wrong to accuse them now of complicity in starting the war.”

You must understand that both the current Russian and Polish leaders have come from the same Communist school and although they pretend to differ, they represent the same Communist narrative. I know you will say “Wait a minute! The Communism collapsed in Europe, including Poland!” To which I say: sorry, it did not. You have been misinformed.

I would like to make it clear that neither the current government represents me or my family nor any other government of Poland post-1945 did so.



1945 Yalta

And another comment following The Times article We can never be sure we’d be the good guys by David Aaronovitch, January 1, 2020.

Lech Borkowski 2 January 2020

It is useful to remember the disastrous 1945 Yalta deal made between the democratic and freedom-loving leaders of Great Britain and United States with the genocidal Communist regime of the Soviet Union. It did not cause a great distress to Churchill and Roosevelt or to their compatriots to sign this pact with the devil himself. The deal facilitated Communist genocidal activities in Central and Eastern Europe.

My parents and grandparents were denied their Polish citizenship, evicted from their property, imprisoned in concentration camps, while the Polish forces serving the legal Polish government in exile in London, those who fought with the Allies on the western front were denied participation in the 1946 Victory Parade in London.

Herein lies part of the answer to questions posed in the article. It is not so hard to sacrifice Others. One day the Other is the person in another country, then the Other may be someone ethnically different from you in the same country, finally the Other is your neighbour. As the evil encroaches, so does grow the otherness of people you know. One day you learn, as I had a chance recently, that to your best mates from high school you are the Other.



The Yalta deal

Another of my comments following The Times article We can never be sure we’d be the good guys by David Aaronovitch.

Lech Borkowski 3 January 2020

Poland is not free or democratic – see my earlier comment. My wife and I lost our jobs in state institutions in Poland in 2015 after a long campaign of harassment and social violence, in which the authorities employed typical Communist methods.

The Soviets were killing members of the Polish resistance in 1944. This was on top of mass murders and deportations of 1939-1941. Yet the Allies decided to deal with the Soviets behind the back of the Polish government. In other words, they chose the short-term expediency, ignoring the facts, over the long-term commitment to human rights, democracy and rule of law.

My father knew about the Soviet mass murders and that is why he deserted from the Polish forces under Soviet control on 13 January 1945. His entire company deserted one day before the military oath was taken. Among them was Józef Franczak, who was later killed by Communist security forces in 1963.

I fully applaud my father’s decision to desert. It made no sense to fight one totalitarianism on behalf of another one.

Neither the Polish government, nor Polish citizens gave Allies the right to sign the Yalta deal with the Soviets on their behalf.

How can we expect individuals to stick to the rules of decency if the governments of the so-called free world fail to do the same?

I recommend reading the book “Dolgun” by Alexander Dolgun, an American employee of the American embassy kidnapped by the Soviets from the street in the centre of Moscow in 1948. The book should be an obligatory reading in the studies of Communism and totalitarianism in general. This is the story of being faithful to yourself, to truth and decency in the most extreme circumstances of Soviet prisons and camps. Dolgun’s adversity was compounded by the American government’s lack of commitment to care about him.

General Rudenko, who was part of the Soviet team at the Nuremberg trials post-WWII, signed false accusations in the Dolgun case. Philippe Sands, the well-known British human rights lawyer, failed in his recent book “East West Street” to even mention Rudenko’s record on the home front. I have not seen anyone pointing this out to Mr. Sands.


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