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Mr.East har indgået en aftale med Mr.Pavloff, som bor i Moskva, hvor der er indført strenge karantæneregler. Mr.Pavloff har indvilget i at fortælle Mr. East læsere om livet i Moskva under karantæne. Mr.Pavloffs beretning er på engelsk og er uredigeret. Dagens indlæg er indlæg nummer 4 og handler om Sejrsdagen den 5. maj. Læs den første rapport her, den anden her og den tredje her.

What is “Victory Day May 9” for me

Af Mr.Pavloff

When I was a child, every summer I was on vacation in the village of my grandmother, about 300 kilometers from Moscow. The real Russian nature, huge forests, endless fields, wide and small rivers that pierced the surrounding nature like veins. Villages where any fence is older than America. And in one of these villages I was vacationing. Oak grew in the villages. The oak was beautiful and strong, and had even a name. Everyone called it “Vankin Oak” or just Vanka, Ivan. Oak grew in the middle of the village on the main street and, as it were, divided the village into two parts, it was a place of meeting and assembly. The villagers could say – we’ll meet at Ivan and everyone immediately understood where they didn’t ask too many questions.

In 1941.When the Germans walked on Soviet soil as masters, in a ceremonial march and cut through the lines of defense of the Red Army like a hot knife through butter, they looked into our village. The first thing they did as they passed through was to catch a 16-year-old guy and hang him on an oak tree to frighten the population and forbade them to remove the corpse for several weeks. As you probably guessed, this guy’s name was Ivan, he’s buried near this oak. There is a belief that meadow strawberries grow very well in place with poured blood..

In early July, we went to pick strawberries. These were huge fields, a sea of red strawberries. Particularly well, this berry grew on the sites of burnt villages. In those places where the Germans burned the village along with the inhabitants were just oceans of berries.

A little bit about the places where my childhood passed…

In total, in the Smolensk region during the occupation, more than 300 villages were destroyed along with the inhabitants. Without residents or partially with residents – about 5,000 villages. During the war, one out of every three residents of the Smolensk region died. The pre-war population has not been restored so far.

Each family in Russia has its own war hero, many of them did not return and remained forever in their native land, fulfilling their holy duty to their homeland.

It was a real total war, a war of annihilation, and the question was about the survival of us slavs as a human species. The losses were huge, in Leningrad alone, about a million inhabitants died from the blockade. Every fourth resident of Belarus was killed during the war.

I would also like to note the fate of Soviet prisoners of war in German captivity.

It was a real genocide in the full understanding of the word. The total number of Soviet prisoners of war in the foreign press is determined within 5.2-5.75 million people. A commission of the Ministry of Defense chaired by M. A. Gareev announced about 4 million. Only 1,836,562 people returned from captivity

My grandfather was a military soldier, a bomber pilot. He met the war in Belarus and ended it in Berlin, his plane was shot down twice, he was wounded, parachuted and crossed the front line. Every morning on May 9, I woke up very early and sat in front of the TV and began to wait for the parade. I still remember this exciting feeling of pride and something in common that united me a little boy in a Moscow apartment on the 7th floor and the whole country from the Baltic Sea to Sakhalin in the Pacific Ocean. Grandfather put on medals on his ceremonial uniform of an aviation colonel and we walked into the street. We walked around the festive Moscow, went to the park, there were always concerts, a lot of people and lots of fun. Sometimes we went to meet my grandfather’s fellow soldiers. I will forever remember these powerful people who went to hell of war, but who retained kind faces and an open heart.

In the evening there was a traditional salute and we all shouted Hurray at every salvo of our artillery.

Years passed, there was no longer that great country called the USSR, my grandfather died in the late 80s, I sold his medals in 1992 during the Yeltsin Democracy so that I would not die of hunger. But with me there remained the morning of May 9, my parade and the victory of our people. And again I wake up in the morning like many years ago, but not as a little boy, but as a man with a gray head, I will sit in front of the TV and watch my parade. My parade as a symbol of a single indestructible country, as a memory of 27 million secular people who died in the fire of this monstrous war against, as a memory of the greatest victory of a Russian man over a European beast that enslaved the whole of Europe. And I will not break my traditions, I will not go for a walk with my grandfather, but with his portrait as a symbol of the immortality of our heroes and that generation of steel people thanks to whom we survived and broke the Nazism ridge. There will be millions like me, we remember, we honor our victory, and in the evening there will be a beautiful salut ..

And let the parade date be postponed this year, but it will happen!!

Vyazemsky district.

The village of Debrevo. On January 13, 1942, the Germans discovered an underground hospital in a local school. Those wounded who could move were shot in a ravine near the village. The rest were left at the school, whose doors were hammered and set on fire. A total of 67 people were shot and burned.

The village of Pastih. In early February 1942, more than 30 villagers were executed. The village is burned.

The village of Pekarevo. On February 5, 1942, the punishers completely burned the village, which consisted of 26 yards, together with the inhabitants. 2 people survived.

The village of Nikolskoye. There was an underground hospital in the village. In March 1942, punishers hanged and burned 26 captured guerrillas (most of them wounded). 10 local residents were shot for contact with partisans. The village is burned.

The village of Krutitsy of the Isakovsky Village Council. Before the war, there was a house for the disabled. They did not have time to evacuate it. In addition, its number increased significantly due to refugees from the western regions of the region (mainly women and children) and the wounded. On July 14, 1942, punishers cordoned off his territory and set fire to the buildings. Weak people, unable to move independently, died in a fire. The others were shot on the street, near the silo pit. First, children were shot, in front of their mothers, then adults. Killed, according to various sources, from 130 to 200 people.

Village Chertkovka. On March 7, 1943, during the retreat, the Nazis shot and burned 480 residents of this and the surrounding villages here.

Gavrilki Village. On March 8, 1943, during the retreat, it was completely burnt along with the inhabitants. More than 180 people died in the fire. 3 people survived.

Sand Village (near Vyazma). On the night of March 11 to 12, before the retreat, the Nazis burned 135 people in the Sandbox, mostly women and children.

Gagarinsky district.

In March 1943, they were completely burned along with people:

The village of Drachevo (over 200 people from the villages of Drachevo, Zlobino, Astakhovo, Mishino).

The village of Kulikovo (62 people).

The village of Tararykino (the death toll is unknown).

The village of Fedyaevo (the death toll is unknown).

The village of Kolesniki (the death toll is unknown).

Glinkovsky district.

Burned completely together with residents:

Lyakhovo Village – April 14, 1943 384 people were killed.

Shilovo Village – March 27, 1943 112 people were killed.

Monchino Village – 1942 Killed about 300 people.

Demidovsky district.

Burned completely together with residents:

Gorodnaya Village – October 1942 Killed 169 people.

Orlovo Village – 1942. About 120 people were killed.

The villages of Vlazhkino and Kruteli – November 1942. About 250 people were killed.

Varnavino Village – October 1942. 59 people were killed.

The villages of Senovka and Kamenka – 1943. 117 people were killed.

The villages of Ivchenko, Ratka, Drozdy, Kozino – 1942. About 700 people were killed.

Zalnevo and Green Wasteland villages – 1942. 201 people were killed.

Bulyzha Village – 1942. 20 people were killed.

Dorogobuzh district.

In the village of Martinkovo, 47 out of 150 inhabitants were shot. The village was burned.

Dukhovschinsky district.

Burned completely together with residents:

Golovitsy Village – October 18, 1942 96 local residents and refugees were killed, the number of which was not established. In total, more than 100 people.

Snorki Village – October 18, 1942 70 people were killed.

Nikulinka Village – March 25, 1943 More than 120 people were killed.

Bratki Village – October 14, 1942 16 people were killed.

Titov Khutor Village – May 29, 1942 74 people were killed.

Novoselki Village – March 6, 1942 22 people were killed.

Koshelevo Village – March 18, 1942 The death toll has not been established.

Kishkinitsa Village – Spring 1942. More than 70 people were killed.

Elninsky district.

The village of Peryatino was completely burned along with residents on April 27, 1942. Of the 33 residents, 23 were killed.

Yershichsky district.

Burned completely together with residents:

The village of Sokolovschina (35 people died).

The village of Dranaya (25 people died).

The village of Kuzmichi.

Krasninsky district.

Burned completely together with residents:

The village of Fomino (killing 72 people).

New Village (destroyed the entire Jewish population).

Village Kobelyak (killing 80 people).

Makruha village (8 people died).

Rudnyansky district.

Burned completely together with residents:

Markovo village (92 people died).

The village of Sharino (98 people died).

The village of Borisenki (22 people died).

Safonovsky district.

Zalaznya Village – January 23, 1943 450 inhabitants were brutally destroyed (many children were tortured there very much before being killed). The village is burned.

Leonidovo Village – January 29, 1943. The entire population of 256 people was exterminated. The village is burned.

Kurdyumovo village – 25 paratroopers of the 8th Air Force brigade and the entire male population, who were at that time in the village (14 people), were shot. The village is burned.

Maksimovo Village – March 16, 1943 56 people were killed. The village is burned.

Smolensky district.

Burned completely together with residents:

The village of Smolino (killing 63 people).

Zaloinka village (80 people died).

Chacha village (92 people died).

Sychevsky district.

Burned completely together with residents:

Village Zaychiki (killing 23 people).

Village Aksenino (killing 46 people).

Temkinsky district.

The village of Kolodezki was completely burned along with the inhabitants, where 92 out of 97 people died.

Ugransky district.

Burned completely together with residents:

New Village (Struggle) – 340 people died.

The village of Lamanchino. The death toll is unknown.

The village of Grishino. The death toll is unknown.

The village of Krivolevka. The death toll is unknown.

Khislavichi district.

The village of Zakharyino was completely burned. Killed 260 people.

Hill Zhirkovsky district.

Burned completely together with residents:

Village Pogoreltsy (39 people died).

The Ninth Village – 1943 (146 people died).

The village of Palkino – 1943 (100 people died).

Ordylovo Village – 1941 (116 people died).

The village of Korovyakino – (175 people died).

Partially burned along with residents:

Kvasovo village – (16 people were killed).

Ovsyaniki Village – (50 people died).

Village Tripleya – (killing 28 people).