July 05, 2003
Next Day • Le Jour Suivant
The Yalta Monument
Once you're out of V&A museum, just cross the street.

The monument's first plaque reads:
« This memorial was placed here by members of all parties in both houses of parliament and by many other sympathizers in memory of the countless men, women and children from the Soviet Union and other East European states who where imprisoned and died at the hands of Communist governments after being repatriated at the conclusion of the Second World War.

May they rest in peace. »
And the one on the other side reads:
« This sculpture was dedicated by the bishop of Fulham on 2nd August 1986 to replace the previous memorial dedicated by the bishop of London on the 6th March 1982 which was later destroyed by vandals to whom the truth was intolerable. »
Now I do think that all comments would be superfluous.
En sortie du V&A museum, traversez simplement la rue.

Sur la première plaque, vous lirez :
« Ce mémorial a été placé ici par des membres de tous les partis des deux instances du Parlement et par de nombreux sympathisants en mémoire des innombrables hommes, femmes et enfants de l'Union Soviétique et d'autres états d'Europe de l'Est qui furent emprisonnés et moururent de la main de gouvernements communistes après avoir été rapatriés à la fin de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale.

Qu'ils reposent en paix. »
Et sur l'autre vous lirez :
« Cette sculpture a été dédiée par l'évèque de Fulham le 2 août 1986 pour remplacer le précédent mémorial, dédié par l'évèque de Londres le 6 mars 1982 qui fut ensuite détruit par des vandales pour qui la vérité était intolérable. »
Je crois que tout commentaire est superflu.
 Shot in Great Britain by the dissident frogman @ July 5, 2003 04:46 PM  • 

Comments :: Commentaires

Sorry for my english...

It's nice for us to see that some western countries remember what happened in Eastern Europe.

Is there a monument for victims of communism in France? Of course not...
No, in France, it's now time for revisionnism about communist crimes.
"Poland before 89? Oh it was not so terrible....Poles should stop complaining all the time...communism was a political system like any other one. It was far better than the anarchy which followed during solidarnosc". This is what I heard just one week ago...from a guy who visited several times Poland during the 80's!! (I supposed he saw no problems in Poland because he was there as a communist observer, welcomed with ham, pretty girls...etc)

Poland and several former republics of soviet "union" are still considered in west Europe as communist or strong socialist countries...because former communists came back to power. I have to say it's not true. The main reason is that these former communist leaders never believed in communism...it was just the only way to make a political career in 80's.
A good example: in Poland, Miller (former communist) is now discussing a new law, which consist in replacing the current system of several tax rates (19, 30, 40%) by only one rate. This is a perfect liberal law. Such a discussion could never happen in France right-side government.

I have hope for Poland and eastern Europe, young people have a good perception of reality and gave up stupid ideologies.
Yesterday I met students in politics....they told me that their economy teacher considers that only two countries still have a communist economic system: Cuba and France.
One of them explained how he approached, touched, and talked to real jurassic creatures: the last people in the world who still believe in communism, in France.

 Fired by Frog in Poland @ July 9, 2003 08:57 AM