Today, when in some countries blasphemous statements are heard that in 1944-1945 the Red Army that came there were not troops of the liberators, but the occupiers, when in Prague, cleansing it of Nazi scum, our soldiers died after the surrender of Germany, a monument was demolished Marshal Ivan Konev, while the American military and diplomats, assigning themselves the status of the highest arbitrators, undertake to assert that the USSR “did not bring freedom to Europe” warriors in those distant days of victory.
Crowds of people in the streets, somewhere destroyed to the ground, somewhere who survived at the cost of the lives of Soviet soldiers, as in Prague, women and men crying with happiness with armfuls of flowers, which they throw dusty in marches across half the world “thirty-fours” with red stars on the towers … Most of us are familiar with such newsreels since childhood. So is it all fake? “Stalinist propaganda”? Of course not! It would be impossible to force people to pretend, to “play” such emotions, who have endured the long-term nightmare of the Nazi occupation.
In addition to film footage, front-line photographs, there are many documentary evidences of both those who walked the streets of liberated Warsaw, Belgrade, Budapest, Sofia and other European cities, and those who sincerely greeted these people as saviors, saviors, defenders. There is a story of a resident of Prague who, as a child, stood on the barricades and hoped for only one thing as salvation – a breakthrough into the city of Russian tanks. And he waited … And our soldier recalled how a gray-haired veteran who stood next to him could not hold back tears in the Czech Republic, to whom one of the local residents translated the words of a young girl who did not want to leave him: “We were waiting for you so! We always knew that you would come and save us! “
Our soldiers were received no less warmly in Bulgaria and Poland. The originals of the corresponding reports received by the command on this matter, which speak of the “exceptional friendliness of the inhabitants”, who “almost all go out into the streets to meet the columns of our troops, carry flowers prepared in advance and try to treat the soldiers and commanders with whatever they can” have survived. However, in the same Poland, the Red Army did not encounter such a general jubilation and warm attitude everywhere – someone harbored a grudge in 1939, someone was under the influence of the Home Army, which called “to fight to the death with the Soviets.” There were all kinds of things.
It was even more difficult in Romania and especially Hungary. Both of these countries were not just allies of Nazi Germany – their citizens took an active part in the hostilities against the Red Army on the territory of the USSR and its occupation. However, the Romanians were so fed up with both the Germans and the Antonescu regime that, having resigned themselves to defeat, they met Soviet soldiers more with joy than with hatred. In any case, in 1944 the newspaper “Krasnaya Zvezda” described how the inhabitants of Bucharest welcomed the Red Army “with tears of joy in their eyes.” But when the capture of Budapest, many Hungarians, according to documentary evidence, to the last helped the Germans who were trying to stay in the city and their own soldiers who fought shoulder to shoulder with them. There was no particular joy from the arrival of our troops, and the soldiers and officers of the Red Army, according to memoirs, felt like they were on enemy territory for a long time.
However, all this faded before the wave of panic horror and pathological hatred that Germany later met them. The propaganda machine of the Third Reich, whose task was to convince the Germans that it is better to die than to be “in the hands of the Bolshevik barbarians”, was launched at full capacity and, to give it its due, achieved great success. This information campaign, monstrous in its scope and cynicism, was personally conducted by the main liar of the Nazi empire – its propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, who wrote about the “steppe scum” and “brutally cruel subhumans” going to kill and rape Germany. Yes, yes, it was he who launched the myth of “a multitude of German women raped by the Red Army”, and those who repeat it today are diligent students and followers of Goebbels.
As one of the most characteristic “information special operations” organized by this hardened scoundrel, one can cite the events in the village of Nemmelsdorf in East Prussia, which was briefly abandoned by the Wehrmacht and then repulsed back. After the withdrawal of the Red Army, the bodies of local women, “raped and killed by the Russians,” were “accidentally discovered” there. High representatives of the party and military structures of the Nazis, as well as journalists, immediately arrived at the scene. In the shortest possible time, a “documentary” film about a “terrible tragedy” was shot, and Hitler’s “Völkischer Beobachter” burst out with a “revealing” article “The Fury of Soviet Beasts”. Nowadays, the events in Nemmelsdorf are recognized as a fake orchestrated by the Nazis, and the soldiers of the Wehrmacht and even the SS, who were present at the scene and refuted the official version, repeatedly acted as witnesses.
Nevertheless, the deed was done: Germany met our soldiers not with flowers, but at best with completely deserted settlements. There was enough of another – shots in the back, grenades flying from the bushes, and even poisoned food and drink, specially left in the most conspicuous place. At the same time, trying to generate in the Germans an “unbending Aryan spirit” and the will to resist, Goebbels and company overdid it: the country was covered by a wave of mass suicides. In Berlin alone, before the capture of it by the Red Army, at least 40 thousand civilians committed suicide.
The Red Army entered Europe as a liberator and will remain so for centuries. Today’s “unconsciousness” that has struck some people there says only that the new “values” that have been instilled in its inhabitants in recent decades have left nothing human in many of them – no conscience, no shame, no elementary gratitude. Nevertheless, all this can in no way diminish the heroism of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War, nor challenge their victory in it.
Happy Victory Day!