”Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany and its Axis allies in WW2 which put an end to four years of grueling war that cost 27 million Soviet lives, roughly equivalent to the current populations of Australia and New Zealand combined.” – Jay Tharappel
By Jay Tharappel
Never had an invasion so large resulted in the total defeat of the invading army, but then again never before had so many nations previously hostile to each other stood together under a hammer & sickle, Russians, Ukrainians, Belorussians, Tatars, Jews, Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Armenians, Georgians, Azerbaijanis, Turkmen, Tajiks, and Kyrgiz alike.
This was the most genocidal attempt at invasion and colonisation in human history, which western political culture routinely trivializes with absurd fantasies about jumping in time machines and killing Hitler as a child.
No. The Nazi ideology was not a random unprecedented historic accident that can be reduced to one evil genius, it was an extension of European colonial history. For many centuries European empires had invaded, massacred and colonised, and in doing so, had developed their economies at the expense of lands and resources acquired through genocide and slavery, which in turn made them believe it was all made possible because they were racially superior to begin with.
This is why Nazi racism was often hard to distinguish from elite British opinion. In the words of Winston Churchill, “I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia…by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race…has come in and taken their place”. By colonising North America and Australia, the British had already achieved what Germany wanted for itself when they invaded the Soviet Union, which is ‘Lebensraum’ (or ‘living space’ according to Nazi policy) for colonial settlement made possible by genocidal war against native populations.
The Soviet victory opened a new chapter in the annals of history, one which created the conditions for enslaved nations across Africa and Asia to not only gain independence but also attain the weapons needed to defend their independence, and the economic aid needed to develop their economies. This is what makes the USSR the great equaliser of human history, and also why the states built on colonialism want us to forget the Soviet victory ever happened.