I remember the chill running down my spine when I came across this Soviet monstrosity in Treptower Park in Berlin, dedicated to Soviet soldiers in the ”liberation” of Germany. An evil power honored for helping to defeat its evil former ally, and continued in the same vein as its fomer ally for the next 5 decades.
Far less familiar, however, is the US-British betrayal of at least two million Soviet-claimed nationals, forcibly repatriated by US and British forces from Europe (also from the US and Britain) in nightmarish episodes of suicide, violence and pathos known as Operation Keelhaul (1944-1947). Those forcibly returned to certain death or the Gulag included nearly one million anti-Communist Russians, German POWs who formed the Russian Army of Liberation against Stalin, under the command of anti-Communist, anti-Nazi General Vlasov. The very existence of such an army — POWs who took up arms against their own country by the hundreds of thousands — is surely unique in history.
Cheers and Dark Echoes
Anti-Red Gen. Andrey Vlasov, whose Russian Army of Liberation liberated Prague
Every May it comes around: valedictories to “victory” in the “good” war, as if World War II were all and only about defeating the totalitarian monster Hitler.
That’s the two-dimensional visions of the war that is decked in bunting, marked by parades, endlessly featured in books, movies and miniseries.
But there was another war.
This other war was the Soviet war of deception, corruption and subversion waged from Moscow against the US and GB. While FDR and Churchill embraced “Uncle Joe” Stalin as their indispensable ally against their common enemy Hitler, “Uncle Joe” Stalin was all the while secretly waging a covert war against them, his putative allies, FDR and Churchill, directing intelligence armies of traitors — American and British traitors — embedded in government in Washington and London. These agents of Stalin stole secrets, yes, but, far, far more important, they influenced Allied war and peace councils and beyond. Thus, Communists remade the postwar world in ways we, amazingly, still scratch our heads over.
How? This mechanism of corruption is the crux of American Betrayal.
This same corruption is evident beneath the surface of VE-Day, if we dare to look. Vanquishing Nazism, releasing Europe’s by-then remnant Jewish population, halting the killing — these are great things, of course. (But consider, as I posit in American Betrayal, that there is a strong likelihood that — sans Stalin’s infiltration of Washington and London — Hitler might well have been defeated years sooner, saving millions of lives and much of civlization.) These, however, are not the only things that happened in this anniversay month of victory over Hitler’s 12-year Reich in Europe. May, as readers of American Betrayal know, is also a month of betrayal.
Somewhat familiar in our collective memory is the betrayal of civilian populations awaiting true liberation from Nazi rule by Americans and British forces, not re-incarceration by the Red Army. The record remains incomplete as to the steps that led to the colossal disaster of General Eisenhower ordering US armies to halt short of Berlin and Prague and elsewhere, permitting Red Army forces to move in and lock down these nations for the next half century. It is a measure of resilience of the surface narrative of World War II that the only thing controversial about Eisenhower today is the shape of his coming monument by the National Mall.