JRL NEWSWATCH: “Putin and Trump’s Ominous Nostalgia for the Second World War” –  The New Yorker/ Masha Gessen

“… Victory Day is undoubtedly Russia’s most important, most grandly celebrated, and most political holiday. … not observed … immediately following the Second World War, Battle of Stalingrad file photoin which the Soviet Union lost an estimated twenty-seven million people; it became a holiday a generation later … gain[ing] in prominence as the U.S.S.R. unleashed less righteous battles abroad …. After the Soviet Union collapsed, Russia stopped commemorating Victory Day with a military parade. The sabre-rattling resumed in 1999 …. Under Putin, Victory Day has ballooned. * * * American Solider Meets Russian Soliders in Berlin in 1945, adapted from image at army.mil … The reality behind the transformation [] or … rejection [] of the lessons of the Second World War is that people who actually remember the conflict are nearly all gone. Their story is being reframed … as one of glory, or at least of warring armies rather than as a story of humanity’s darkest hour …. Instead of serving as a warning, the Second World War is becoming the source of nostalgia for greatness. To be sure, America has always had the luxury of remembering the Second World War as its greatest triumph, but this historical narrative has also always included the Holocaust, at least as a warning against anti-Semitism – in this, the American view of history was vastly different from the Russian one. …”

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“Masha Gessen, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is the author of ten books, including, most recently, ‘The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,’ which won the National Book Award in 2017.”