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FW: [Web Comments] Russian war memorial
Från: Jeff Prang [mailto:Jprang@...]
Skickat: den 1 mars 2005 22:20
Kopia: Josh Kurpies; Tatiana Rodzinek
Ämne: RE: [Web Comments] Russian war memorial
Thank you for your email. I feel obliged to offer a clarification about the monument to be built honoring West Hollywood’s Russian-speaking veterans.
First of all, it is not a "war memorial." Secondly, it is not a memorial honoring the Red Army or the former Soviet Union. Finally, it is not attempt to gloss over the war time atrocities of the dictator Josef Stalin.
This will be a monument honoring American citizens - citizens who live in and around West Hollywood. It will honor their efforts as American allies in the defeat of fascism and their contributions our local community.
While these Americans may have fought in the Soviet military services during the war, today, they stand proud and erect when the US national anthem plays, and they speak the words of the Pledge of Allegiance with greater enthusiasm and reverence than most native born Americans. With incredible pride, they recollect their military service as allies of the Americans, standing side by side in common cause.
These now-American, Russian-speaking veterans of World War II are predominantly Jewish and from the Ukraine. Many survived themselves and lost loved ones in the Holocaust; they endured Nazi occupation and destruction of their homeland; they were then oppressed and persecuted under Stalin and the communists. They moved to the United States as refugees - the "Refuseniks" - and helped build West Hollywood as a city.
West Hollywood is proud to honor the service and contributions of these "new" Americans who chose our country as their home.
Councilmember, City West Hollywood
From: elzunia@... [mailto:elzunia@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 11:00 AM
To: City Council Web Email Address
Subject: [Web Comments] Russian war memorial
Elizabeth Olsson has submitted the following comments through the city web site.
A memorial to Russian soldiers would be an insult to all the millions of people who have suffered under the Russians during WWII and the communist years after.
My father was in a Russian PoW camp in Siberia. My (then 14 year old) mother was one of the 1,7 million people deported into Russia in 1940 from eastern Poland to labour camps in Siberia. To chop trees in -40oC temperatures! Starvation, sickness and death for half of these deportees.
Memorials to Russian soldiers belong in Russia, nowhere else!! Please think again!!!