Thursday, December 08, 2011

Book by UU author: A red boyhood « uuworld.org : Editors' blog

Book by UU author: A red boyhood « uuworld.org : Editors' blog:
Book by UU author: A red boyhood
By Kenneth Sutton, on December 7th, 2011
A Red Boyhood: Growing Up under Stalin. By Anatole Konstantin. University of Missouri Press, 2008. Konstantin, a member of the Unitarian Church of Westport, Connecticut, tells the story of his childhood from his birth in 1928, through the arrest and execution of his father in 1938, to his emigration to the United States in 1949.
And via a Review in the Jewish Ledger,
Q: Give us a preview of your Dec. 19 talk.

A: I tell the story about what happened to my family and how it happened, but I also tell why it happened, how the Soviet system allowed it to happen. You have to have an understanding of that system in order to understand. It’s strange that very few people know what happened in the Soviet Union under Stalin; there is no constituency for that history. So many people in the media were sympathetic to the Communists and were trying to hide the truth of what Stalin was doing, even if they knew about it. There are people who had full faith in Communism and now have to talk about the Communists as murderers.

What I emphasize in my talk is that political fanatics are no different from religious fanatics; they can be just as murderous.
That first paragraph in the answer a pretty powerful one. I have a friend with almost an identical personal history as Konstantin's. Curious he talks in the present tense here: ...and now have to talk about the Communists as murderers.

My experience is they just don't talk at all.

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