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    Stalin buses to be launched in 40 cities

    Stalin Buses to be Launched in 40 Former Soviet Cities | World | RIA Novosti

    What do you think of this, folks? My comment is, even if a shepherd happens to be evil and kill a large part of herd, the herd will always have warm memories connected with him, because it's the shepherd.

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    Good or bad, it's history and aside from killing a million or two innocents every day, Stalin did some other unimportant things like winning a war, for example, and some other. But I agree, those gazillions of dead Soviets he ate personally are terrible, terrible crimes.
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    Eric, even though I don't have any warm sentiments towards Stalin, I think I have to explain to you the background the way I see it, so you could form a more informed opinion. Like Peter I, Stalin transformed the foundation of the country to be what it is today. His successors would probably only beef it up, but did not change much infrastructure-wise. And that what ultimately forms the country. (I'm not talking about the price right now, just about the achievements. And not about whether those achievements were the best of all possible course of actions.)

    What many of the Russians think today is that since the new government took over in the 1992, there has been virtually next to no improvements in the infrastructure. Rather, the old infrastructure had been utilized over the possible limits designed. For many Russians, that is a sign that the new government is not building the future, meaning the government does not care about the country and the citizens. As the next step, they conclude that the old government did care more. Especially the government which had built the foundation. At that time the country was run by Stalin. Hence, the sentiments. The buses seem to me more of a gesture of the despise to the present government than the wish another Stalin would come.

    Using your analogy, it's more like the herd reminding the new ignorant shepherd that the old evil shepherd had actually planted some grass.

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    I have no opinion. I suppose they will find out from the reaction of the public, whether it was a good idea or not. My guess is that the press coverage from Tallinn and Riga won't be very favourable though.

    I DO object to endless villification of the Germans in connection with WW2 memorial events though though, and I hope this campaign can be tactful in that respect. The Germans regret what happened and have paid heavy damages. That's enough in my view, since the war was almost 70 years ago.

    Personally I have always disliked films are talk about the war.
    But I had the opportunity to see a traditional (?) 9 May celebration, last year in Gomel, Belarus. It was very cool and impressive and I love the catchy tunes that are played. People were out on the streets and in the parks all day and had a good time.

    And if not for Stalin, this forum might be called MasterGerman.com. And Eric as an Eastern European might be in a coalmine in Siberia, digging coal for the Vaterland. If there is one thing I like about Stalin, it's the architecture from those days. Minsk has benefited from it and looks very grand in places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanna View Post
    And if not for Stalin, this forum might be called MasterGerman.com.
    That is probably an overstatement. The mistake Hitler had done attacking the USSR was a repetition of the mistake Napoleon had done. Both believed they could pose themselves in the eyes of Russians as heroes liberating the people from their oppressors. Using the conventional military technology dated back to Napoleon or Hitler, there was no way to conquer and have control over the territory of such magnitude.

    So, Stalin or no Stalin, there was no way Hitler could be successful in the long run. And, in my opinion, Stalin was greatly responsible that the war lasted that long and took such expensive toll. His impatience to defeat the enemy quickly and throw Germans back beyond the borders as fast as possible lead to a lot of losses during the entire campaign. Especially, in its initial phase.

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    I DO object to endless villification of the Germans in connection with WW2 memorial events though though, and I hope this campaign can be tactful in that respect. The Germans regret what happened and have paid heavy damages. That's enough in my view, since the war was almost 70 years ago.
    What do you see as vilification??? The mention that it was Germans, who did these atrocious things? No one says that modern Germans are the same people or that they are guilty of their fathers sins. But whether they regret it or not it happened. I don't think that 70 years is enough to "forget" about 30+ millions of Russian/Soviet lives lost.

    I find it strange that many people are quick to vilify Muslims, or Russians, or whoever else (sometimes based on rumors only), but when it's about Germans and WW2... or no! we hurt can their feelings. It looks like a club of popular kids, who defend their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crocodile View Post
    That is probably an overstatement ignoring what preceded the WWII. The mistake Hitler had done attacking the USSR was a repetition of the mistake Napoleon had done.
    I said "MIGHT" though, didn't I? Really, I just think Eric's "self loathing" is a bit sad.

    And yes, I agree with you Croc. I made the mistake of talking politics at work today and we were arguing about just this. As the discussion got more heated, my colleague asked what I though would have happened if the USA had not intervened in Europe.
    I said that I thought there would have been a bit more damage to places like England, and perhaps even an invasion there. But eventually Hitler would have met his doom in the USSR anyway. It is simply not possible to win long term against Russia. If Hitler hadn't taken on the USSR, and if the US had never joined the war, then Germany could have kept the gains they made in the early days of the war, and I for one would probably have been German speaking, not to mention Nulle. Oh well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanna View Post
    If Hitler hadn't taken on the USSR, and if the US had never joined the war, then Germany could have kept the gains they made in the early days of the war, and I for one would probably have been German speaking, not to mention Nulle. Oh well!
    Tschüs!
    I'm not sure things would be as easy as that. First of all, the war with Britain was not over. And Britain is some die-hard dude. And even long before the direct involvement of the US troops, the British were able to mobilize some hidden reserves like Canada and that could have only get nastier. The French resistance could only get more intensive (and the history showed it did) and we all know how ugly a partisan war could turn for the [even more military able] invader. Overall, Germany is not so big a country to control everything and given the ideology of the super-people and the under-people they couldn't be that attractive in the long run in the eyes of the majority of Europe. I think the initial success of Germany in the WWII was in large part due to the enthusiasm of many Germans, the ability of the ideology to get people their national pride back, something they were deprived of during more than a decade. And enthusiasm is something short-lived by nature, you can't do a long run with it.

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    I don't disagree with you. Nobody could know for sure what would have happened. But didn't Canada fight on Britain's side already before the USA joined? I thought so. I think Australia did too. At the very least they sent some volunteers.

    Anyway, the USA joined the war in, what '43, or was it 41?
    What do you think would have happened if they had never come to Europe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanna View Post
    I don't disagree with you. Nobody could know for sure what would have happened. But didn't Canada fight on Britain's side already before the USA joined? I thought so. I think Australia did too. At the very least they sent some volunteers.
    Exactly. They were fighting, but there was no mass-mobilization. But, there could be if the things got uglier than they were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanna View Post
    I don't disagree with you. Nobody could know for sure what would have happened. But didn't Canada fight on Britain's side already before the USA joined? I thought so. I think Australia did too. At the very least they sent some volunteers.

    Anyway, the USA joined the war in, what '43, or was it 41?
    What do you think would have happened if they had never come to Europe?
    They entered the war in December 1941. If they had never come to Europe, all the Europe would have been in the Sovieyt sphere of influence.

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    What do you think would have happened if they had never come to Europe?
    Then Soviets would have probably conquered all of the Europe.
    Instead of only a half of it.
    And if not for Stalin, this forum might be called MasterGerman.com. And Eric as an Eastern European might be in a coalmine in Siberia, digging coal for the Vaterland.
    Thanks to Stalin - my grandparents did exactly that.
    8 years in Siberia - working as slaves for Stalin and USSR while commies looted everything that they had.
    And they are still alive and remember that.
    My guess is that the press coverage from Tallinn and Riga won't be very favourable though.
    I'm wondering - why...
    Traditional 9th of May "celebrations" in Rīga:
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    It is funny to see "На Берлин" and "За Победу" on loser-German made cars.
    Why aren't they using cars made by victorious USSR/Russia is a mystery to me...

    Buses with Stalin - I think it is disgusting and offensive to organize something like that - the same about the rest of these "celebrations".
    Like launching buses with Hitler on them in Israel.
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    It should not be forgotten that Stalin wasn't at all opposed to Hitler in the beginning of the war, and that the two of them were in agreement about, for example, attacking Poland. Stalin had his fair share in starting WWII.

    I find it strange that many people are quick to vilify Muslims, or Russians, or whoever else (sometimes based on rumors only), but when it's about Germans and WW2... or no! we hurt can their feelings. It looks like a club of popular kids, who defend their own.
    gRomoZeka, no offense, but do you have any idea what actually happens each time any German even dares to publicly mention Nazis and Hitler in any even slightly favorable way? Or dares to say anything even remotely negative about Israel, Jews, or even any individual who just happens to be a Jew? When a right wing party in Germany manages to get one person into any local parliament, there's a cry of outrage in the rest of Europe. But who cares about the much stronger right in the Netherlands, in France and elsewhere?

    Do you realize that up to the soccer world championship in 2006 which took place in Germany nobody in Germany would even have dared to display the German national flag privately? Can you imagine what discussion we had then when suddenly all those small German flags appeared on the cars? The French and British press already saw the ugly Nazi raise his head again! Even many Germans did. We Germans have learned not to feel any pride for our country. The German word for pride, Stolz, has been largely converted to a meaning of "pride for one's personal achievements", and nationality is not a personal achievement.

    If even a remote village in Germany decided to put a Hitler sticker on the windshield of their single local bus it would make the title page of any British and French newspaper, I bet you.
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    Bitpicker is absolutely right. I didn't know you were still following the forum, Robin, or I probably wouldn't have joked about it. Like I said, I am completely against all the rubbishing of Germans because of the war. Germans are some of the biggest pacifist and solidaric Europeans. I will never forget an evening at the pub, in London, when a German colleague of mine actually started crying, because people kept making "funny" jokes about the war with her. She told me later that practically every day somebody would bring it up with her. She never knew what to say and one day she just couldn't take it anymore.

    On the other hand, it's easy for me to not feel passionately about it. My country was not even in the war. Perhaps I should keep my mouth shut!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitpicker View Post
    It should not be forgotten that Stalin wasn't at all opposed to Hitler in the beginning of the war, and that the two of them were in agreement about, for example, attacking Poland. Stalin had his fair share in starting WWII.
    Russia and Germany had hundreds of years of politics even before XX century, so I guess it's pretty "normal"
    Quote Originally Posted by bitpicker View Post
    We Germans have learned not to feel any pride for our country.
    The Nazi idea was born on the ashes of WWI when Germany has been basically taken from a great empire pedestal and put to dirt. It was Germans' pride what created the Nazi idea. Many Germans thought that the dolchstoßlegende can't stay unpunished for long and that basically spoon-fed the Nazi idea. All people are racists, so that was easy. If Germans would have won the WWII it probably would have been greatest achievement for the Western Europe and greatest fall for the Eastern Europe
    But since they didn't win - they paying the price

    You know, there are funny facts of modern world: Turkey is very popular among Russian and German tourists but owners of Turkish resorts spend time to carefully accommodate Russian tourists apart of German tourists in the month of May, because Russia celebrate WWII victory on May 9th and Germans would be considered "enemies" by Russian tourists at this day and vice versa. It only brings head aches to Turkish guys

    I think the WWII was the ugliest war of the mankind, when the war ends everybody has to live with consequences and the Nazi idea has made the consequences very dramatic

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitpicker View Post
    If even a remote village in Germany decided to put a Hitler sticker on the windshield of their single local bus it would make the title page of any British and French newspaper, I bet you.
    <trololo>
    Does the opinion of British and French newspapers so important to Germans?

    And as soon as you comprise one Empire (EU) it looks more like internal regional relations.

    The problem with Germans is their perfectionism. When they decided to be Nazis their implementation was perfectly devastating. I suspect that any social theoretical idea implemented by Germany can be devastating in the same way. UN should prohibit Germans to adopt any social theories, they should concentrate on the individual ideas to avoid uncontrollable cumulative effect.

    BTW for similar reason Russians should not have central power...

    </trololo>
    "Россия для русских" - это неправильно. Остальные-то чем лучше?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanna View Post
    Bitpicker is absolutely right. I didn't know you were still following the forum, Robin, or I probably wouldn't have joked about it. Like I said, I am completely against all the rubbishing of Germans because of the war. Germans are some of the biggest pacifist and solidaric Europeans. I will never forget an evening at the pub, in London, when a German colleague of mine actually started crying, because people kept making "funny" jokes about the war with her. She told me later that practically every day somebody would bring it up with her. She never knew what to say and one day she just couldn't take it anymore.

    On the other hand, it's easy for me to not feel passionately about it. My country was not even in the war. Perhaps I should keep my mouth shut!
    Just so you know, I am not offended by anything you said. By the way, Marie LePen, the national socialist candidate for presidency in France, which is something we make sure we don't ever even have, made a whopping 20% yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanna View Post
    Bitpicker is absolutely right. I didn't know you were still following the forum, Robin, or I probably wouldn't have joked about it. Like I said, I am completely against all the rubbishing of Germans because of the war. Germans are some of the biggest pacifist and solidaric Europeans. I will never forget an evening at the pub, in London, when a German colleague of mine actually started crying, because people kept making "funny" jokes about the war with her. She told me later that practically every day somebody would bring it up with her. She never knew what to say and one day she just couldn't take it anymore.

    On the other hand, it's easy for me to not feel passionately about it. My country was not even in the war. Perhaps I should keep my mouth shut!
    From my point of view, there is no such attitude in Russia towards Germans and Germany. At least it is rare and limited to old people, and not strong. Germans are wellcome and respected in modern Russia (this was not the case after the war). The victory is celebrated с большим размахом. But it is not connected with any anti-German sentiment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
    They entered the war in December 1941. If they had never come to Europe, all the Europe would have been in the Soviet sphere of influence.
    Maybe, but not necessarily. For example, it's possible that without the "distraction" created by the Americans, Hitler would have done a much better job of carrying out the invasion of the USSR (and he would've had more troops available for that front). While this would not necessarily have resulted in a Soviet loss, it would have left the USSR even more exhausted at the end of the war, and less able to project power into Europe. Although on the other hand, the Western European allies would also have been more exhausted (assuming the Nazis were eventually defeated), and less able to resist Soviet influence.

    There are other possibilities, too. Might German scientists have developed the atomic bomb first if the US hadn't gotten involved in Europe? Or alternatively, a far larger number of ex-Nazi scientists may have ended up getting "invitations" to the USSR after the war (with comparatively fewer getting snatched up by us Yanks), which obviously could've drastically changed the course of the nuclear race and the space race.

    Then again, the war in the Pacific theater could've gone quite differently if the US had only been fighting on that front and stayed out of Europe. I don't know if that aspect would have made much difference for the USSR, though, since they were virtually uninvolved in the war against Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitpicker View Post
    Just so you know, I am not offended by anything you said. By the way, Marie LePen, the national socialist candidate for presidency in France, which is something we make sure we don't ever even have, made a whopping 20% yesterday.
    Well, isn't it strange that immigration has worked out so well for America, and it's just so incredibly problematic in Europe....!

    And in some countries, due to history and political correctness, it is not even possible to openly talk about the problems and how to solve them. I agree that it's absolutely true that if a party like Le Pen's got 20% of the votes in Germany, then media in the rest of Europe and around the world would go absolutely berserk. Or if Anders Behring Breivik had been German.... There might be some kind of political action against Germany, even. Personally I am really torn in my feelings about immigration, refugees and all the issues related to it.

    Another thing that's occurred to me -- similar to what was discussed in the "Propaganda against Russia" thread -- is how frustrating it must be, as a German, to see the completely un-nuanced picture of Germans in endless numbers of war movies.

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