as putin sits upon high in Moscow lying through his arse that he has no intend to invade he simply took back what always belongs to Russia, that being the Crimea peninsula we sat on a park bench with a elderly holocaust surviving woman an aunt called tila (pronounced sila).
Tila still has family in Odessa in the Ukraine which of course means so does my Ella, and the information fresh today from Odessa which incidentally is not in the Crimea, is that Noe-Nazis are taking over the city.
Swastikas are all over the city, Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized, and what wasn’t smashed has been adorned with the largest bright red swastikas that they can manage.
Despite what the west is reporting, recent speeches and comments from Putin to his party faithful is that Putin is regularly telling all and sundry that in his words “Jews and niggers should burn in and hell and he’d like to help them!”
As tila started to tell us of the calls she had received from Odessa and our Jewish relatives there, the light went from her eyes and suddenly she was 12 again and was telling us how her mother and grandma”babushka” would run with them into the Forrest with her four sisters and they would bury them under brush and leaves and limbs and dirt.
Sila stared into space as she told of hearing Nazi’s so close she could hear them talking, hear their footsteps and hear planes destroying her home, her city the only place she ever knew. Eventually for four years they hid in the Forrest, only making forays out for bread so stale it was like bricks and potatoes and turnips but hopefully not so rotten a rough borscht couldn’t be made.
She tells of a time when they managed to stay one jump ahead of the Nazis, they hid on a train with cousins and babushka and they were crying in pain from days of hunger and suddenly with tears in her eyes babushka said firmly “I have nothing to take away the hunger so this is how it must be” and like a panacea from the heart they were all suddenly quiet never to complain for the rest of the ride.
We spent an hour with tila the diminutive one, whom the family from time to time thinks just may be a witch they say she sometimes sees things. Whatever she is or isn’t with what this woman has seen and survived she deserves to be heard.
As the light faded she went back and forth from stories of hiding from the Nazis, of leaving dozens of relatives and friends only to hear the Nazis herded them onto trains and to this day they were never seen again. She would stop and pull her Chanel jacket around her small aging body sigh slowly and take a breath and continue telling more of the news from Odessa. Telling news of machine gun fire in the streets of Odessa, and Nazi youth covering every wall with swastikas and smashing Jewish cemeteries and how the police and military have been told to ignore the complaints, to not investigate. Every now and again she would mutter “he is worse than Hitler, he is becoming Hitler” and then there would be a darkness and the light would go from her eyes.
This is the problem world, we have the beautiful heroic people all around us, the tilas the poppas the simon Weisenthals of this world and even though every great person of history has muttered some form of the old maxim “a people that ignores history is destined to repeat it all we have done to date is build memorials of cold stone instead of listening and learning from the great people who are living and breathing memorials. If you can’t find them just look for the tattoo, because if you think technology invented the bar code I’ve got news for you Hitler was organizing his stock as he loaded them on to trains like so many cows by tattoo so he knew how many he had slaughtered and how many he had left.
The choice is yours world, learn or relive but By what ever god you believe in I hope you choose to learn because the monsters of this world are the only people who deserve to removed like some kind festering sore and whether you like it or not Putin is festering more and more every day. .