Friday, November 26, 2010

Russian Parliament Condemns Stalin for Katyn Massacre

Russia's lower house of parliament has condemned Joseph Stalin by name for the mass execution of Poles at Katyn during World War II. The Duma declared that the Soviet dictator and other Soviet officials had ordered the "Katyn crime" in 1940.

The statement, which comes weeks before a Russian presidential visit to Poland, was welcomed in Warsaw. In a stormy debate, Communist MPs opposed the declaration, some seeking to deny Soviet guilt.

Soviet propaganda sought for decades to portray the massacre as the work of the Nazis, who overran Katyn after invading the USSR in 1941. The truth was finally acknowledged in 1990, in the dying days of Soviet power, but the issue has continued to cloud relations between Russia and Poland.

The Duma said it hoped for "the beginning of a new stage in relations" with Poland "based on democratic values". Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is set to visit the country early next month. ...More

With Bound Hands---by Mary Frances Coady

Wikipedia: While he was in prison, the Gestapo offered [Fr. Alfred] Delp his freedom in return for his leaving the Jesuits, but he rejected it. Delp, like all prisoners connected with July 20, was required to wear handcuffs day and night. Prisoners being taken to execution were handcuffed with their hands behind their backs.[12] The sentence was carried out on 2 February 1945 at Plötzensee Prison in Berlin.[13] The very next day, Roland Freisler was killed in an air-raid. A special order by Heinrich Himmler required that the remains of all prisoners executed in connection with the July 20 Plot be cremated, and their ashes scattered over the sewage fields. Accordingly, the body of Alfred Delp was cremated and his ashes disposed of somewhere near Berlin"

In one of the four existing photos of Alfred Delp, SJ, from his trial for high treason in January 1945, the 37-year-old priest stands with his square jaw thrust upward, his hands extended, his fingertips together as if trying to make a clear and reasoned point. He wears a business suit with a shirt and tie. There is animation, and even defiance, in his stance....More

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--->Ed West, The Telegraph: Eugenics is not 'Right-wing'. "Dave Osler at Liberal Conspiracy writes, in an article called “Eugenics and the Tory Right”:

Marie Stopes "It seems that Lord F is just the latest upholder of the tradition of class-based eugenics that has been a singularly ugly undercurrent in British intellectual life at least since 1798, the year in which an anonymous pamphlet entitled “An Essay on the Principle of Population” first saw the light of day.

"Hmm. And where did that ugly undercurrent come from? What, for instance, have Marie Stopes, HG Wells, George Bernard Shaw, John Maynard Keynes and Sidney Webb all got in common? All of them are progressives from the Leftie pantheon who believed the state should forcibly sterilise large sections of the population...More

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--->Over the Cliffs: Atheist writer Ennio Montesi says he can't stand crucifixes any more and so has fled to Sweden...

'Advent is a time of being deeply shaken, so that man will wake up to himself.'---Fr. Alfred Delp

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