Wilhelm Kube’s Paradox in the Holocaust

Wilhelm Kube was a devout Christian as well as a zealous Nazi. Those 2 aspects of his life clashed a few times during WWII. In July 1941, just after the German occupation of the western parts of the Soviet Union, he was appointed Generalkommissar for Weissruthenien (now known as Belarus). As Generalkommissar he was in chargeContinue reading “Wilhelm Kube’s Paradox in the Holocaust”

Nikolai Vavilov and the forgotten tragedy of the Siege of Leningrad.

What would you to do save something your passionate about but is not necessarily essential to your own existence.Would you sacrifice your life? 9 scientists of the Leningrad seed bank did. After the Civil War had ended, Russia experienced a terrible famine between 1921 and 1922. Devastated by drought, the country produced a wheat-harvest halfContinue reading “Nikolai Vavilov and the forgotten tragedy of the Siege of Leningrad.”

Only Tanya is left- The horrors of the Siege of Leningrad.

It is not clear if Tanya Savicheva was born on January 23 1930 or January 25 1930,there seems to be a discrepancy in some of the records. The one thing that is clear is she died age 14. She was the youngest child in the family of a baker father, Nikolay Rodionovich Savichev, and a seamstress mother,Continue reading “Only Tanya is left- The horrors of the Siege of Leningrad.”

The Space Shuttle-Well kind of

During the Cold War, the USSR built a look-alike space shuttle to compete with the U.S. program. The development of the “Buran” began in the early 1970s as a response to the U.S. Space Shuttle program. Soviet officials were concerned about a perceived military threat posed by the U.S. Space Shuttle. In their opinion, theContinue reading “The Space Shuttle-Well kind of”

The Syrets concentration camp revolt- When enough was enough.

Before the Nazis retreated from Kiev, they attempted to conceal the many atrocities they had committed at Babi Yar. Paul Blobel, who was in control of the mass murders in Babi Yar two years earlier, supervised the Sonderaktion 1005 in eliminating its traces. For six weeks from August to September 1943, more than 300 chained prisoners wereContinue reading “The Syrets concentration camp revolt- When enough was enough.”

Babi Yar- Like lambs led to the slaughter.

The first of the Babi Yar massacres was particularly sickening because the victims were given some hope before they were butchered.I decided not to put any pictures that are too disturbing in this blog. The story is disturbing enough Axis forces, mainly German, occupied Kiev on 19 September 1941. Between 20 and 28 September, explosivesContinue reading “Babi Yar- Like lambs led to the slaughter.”

Friend and Foe- The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.

Bad as World War II and all its horrors were it could have been a lot worse if the Germans didn’t break the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. The impact it would have had if Hitler and Stalin had remained “friends”would have been unfathomable. In all likelihood it might have saved a lot of Soviet and German lives butContinue reading “Friend and Foe- The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.”

Vasily Blokhin-Stalin’s butcher

Born to a Russian peasant family in 1895, as a young man he quickly earned a reputation for “chernaya rabota”, or “black work”, while serving in the Tsarist army during World War I- gaining recognition from Stalin himself for his covert assassinations, torture, and executions. Blokhin quickly rose through the ranks of Russia’s secret policeContinue reading “Vasily Blokhin-Stalin’s butcher”

The hanging of Masha Bruskina

  Masha Bruskina was a Russian teenage female partisan. She was a 17 year old Jewish high school graduate and was the first teenage girl to be publicly hanged by the Nazis in Belorussia (Belarus), since the German invasion of Soviet Union on the 22nd of June 1941. Masha Bruskina was born in Minsk, inContinue reading “The hanging of Masha Bruskina”

The death of Yakov Dzhugashvili-Stalin’s oldest son.

Everyone knows Joseph Stalin, but most aren’t familiar with his familial life, particularly his eldest son, Yakov. The tumultuous relationship between father and son created a story that spanned a difficult youth, the German invasion of the Soviet Union and a Nazi concentration camp. Yakov was born to Stalin’s first wife, in 1907. He wasContinue reading “The death of Yakov Dzhugashvili-Stalin’s oldest son.”