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Re: С Днём Победы!

Moreover, we've got friends, that remember the moment of the end of the war as it was announced/celebrated in USSR at night on 9th of May. It was accompanied by improvised fireworks from all handguns, signal rockets, etc.

Re: С Днём Победы!

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Moreover, we've got friends, that remember the moment of the end of the war as it was announced/celebrated in USSR at night on 9th of May. It was accompanied by improvised fireworks from all handguns, signal rockets, etc.
Yes, and yes, the end of the nightmare of the Second World War was a relief to thousands of Europeans. And this regardless of their nationality. Even the Germans were relieved of the end of the fighting and bombing, the summary executions and the terror of the Nazi regime. And yet they were defeated. It is difficult today to understand the suffering of all these peoples at that time. I understand that some here point to the suffering of the Soviet occupation, but this is another (equally painful) subject.

Re: С Днём Победы!

That's an interesting phenomenon, when with each subsequent year after the war and fewer actual witnesses the number of "suffering" because of Soviet occupation is ever increasing.
This, however, doesn't address the fact, how it happened, that at the end of the war apart from 2.388.443 German and 156.681 Austrian German POWs in Soviet captivity there were also:
513.766 Hungarians
229.382 Romanians
69.977 Czechs & Slovaks
60.277 Poles
that were taken prisoners with arms in their hands.
These were NOT people forcefully mobilized for works - they were treated not as POWs.

Question remains, who actually killed 26,6 mil. of Soviet citizens, out of which only 9.168.400 were actual servicemen while the rest were civilians and not only Jews or Gypsies? At the moment a silent consensus is that the blame is entirely on the Germans, whereas in reality many, very many others were taking part in atrocities. People must have forgotten old saying, that for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.

To put things in proper prospective, there were also POWs in Soviet captivity from Europe outside Soviet zone of occupation, namely:
48.957 Italians
23.136 French
21.830 Yugoslavs
4.730 Dutch
2.377 Finns
2.014 Belgians
1.653 Luxembourgian
456 Danish
452 Spanish
101 Norwegians