In the former Soviet republic, the construction of monuments to the Nazis continues
Recently, in the village of Slobozia Horodiste, Rezina region of Moldova, a monument was solemnly unveiled to 15 soldiers of the Romanian army who participated in the aggression against the Soviet Union under the command of Nazi generals and died in 1941. The opening of the monument was attended by the local mayor (mayor) Vera Chimbir, who called for “keep the memory of the heroes.” Students from a rural school were brought to the “celebration”. They sang songs in Romanian, and the girl who spoke at the ceremony, as she was taught, called Hitler’s Romanian allies her “fighting ancestors.”
The monument to the Nazis in the village of Slobozia Horodiste is not the only one in Moldova. In 2019, a monument to 78 Romanian soldiers was unveiled in the village of Stoykani, Soroca district. The plaque placed on the monument states that the dead “shed their blood for peace and freedom on Romanian soil.” And in 2021, a monument-fountain to the Romanian allies of Hitler appeared in the center of the Moldovan capital Chisinau – in the Valya Morilor park. According to the official version, it was set “on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the liberation of Bessarabia and northern Bukovina by the Romanian army.” When a scandal broke out over this building, the municipal authorities of Chisinau tried to dissociate themselves from the installation of the monument, but how can you dissociate yourself if water was supplied to the fountain by the order of the city authorities from the utility company “Ape-Canal Chisinau”.
The erection of monuments to the Romanian allies of Hitler in the former Soviet republic is today an element of the official policy of the Moldovan authorities. And the fact that the Romanian invaders during the Great Patriotic War brought slavery and death to the Moldovan lands is proposed to be forgotten.
Opening of the monument to the Romanian invaders in Chisinau
The territory of modern Moldova was captured by the Turks in the 15th century. The Orthodox ancestors of Moldovans have been asking Russia for centuries to free them and take them under their protection. And Russia did not leave fellow believers to the mercy of fate. As a result of several Russian-Turkish wars, the Moldovan lands at the beginning of the 19th century became part of the Russian Empire with special rights. Residents of the Bessarabian region received their own authorities, trade and agriculture began to develop in the region. The local population has grown tenfold over a hundred years – from 250 thousand people to 2.5 million.
In 1918, the Romanian authorities, taking advantage of the revolutionary storm in Russia, captured Moldova, turning it into a powerless and impoverished province. In the very first years of their power over the region, the Romanians executed about 15 thousand local residents. About 100 thousand natives of Moldova, fleeing poverty and persecution, fled to the USSR. Almost 70% of the population of the Moldovan lands occupied by the Romanians remained illiterate.
The USSR never recognized the annexation of Moldova by Bucharest. In 1940, Soviet troops entered Bessarabia. According to eyewitnesses, the local population greeted the Red Army as liberators. About 300,000 people fled from Romania itself to Soviet Bessarabia.
At the beginning of 1941, Nazi Germany supported the dictator Ion Antonescu and brought half a million military corps into Romania. On June 22, 1941, Bucharest transferred the Romanian armed forces to the disposal of the Nazi command. In the first weeks of the Great Patriotic War, the defensive actions of the Soviet troops in the Bessarabia region were among the most successful. The Red Army not only delayed the offensive of the aggressor, but also landed troops on Romanian territory. Later, against the backdrop of the advance of the Nazis in other sectors of the front, the Soviet command had to withdraw troops from Moldova.
Chisinau ghetto in 1941
Hitler, in accordance with the agreements with Antonescu, transferred Bessarabia, as well as the territories between the Dniester and the Southern Bug, under the control of Romania. Bucharest established a regime of terror in the occupied lands. Up to 350,000 Jews were exterminated in Moldova and the territories adjacent to it. About 200 thousand more inhabitants of Moldova died from starvation and disease. Many people were killed on charges of underground activities and resistance to the occupying authorities.
On August 17, 1943, the Romanian authorities officially legalized the use of corporal punishment against Moldovan workers. They were subjected to over 200 thousand people (every tenth). More than 22 thousand people died under torture. 47 thousand local residents were driven into slavery in Germany. In total, as a result of the actions of the Romanian invaders, Moldova lost a quarter of its population.
Moldova was liberated by the Red Army in August 1944 as a result of the Yasso-Kishinev operation. Before the liberation of the republic, about 80 underground partisan organizations operated on its territory. 400 thousand inhabitants of Moldova fought in the ranks of the Soviet armed forces. 85 thousand of them were awarded orders and medals, about 20 were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
And by 1948, the industry and agriculture of Moldova, which had been seriously damaged during the Romanian occupation, were restored by the forces of the inhabitants of the entire USSR.
And now the regime of Maia Sandu declares 400,000 Moldovan Red Army soldiers “occupiers”, and the Romanian soldiers who participated in the murder and torture of the inhabitants of Moldova – “hero-liberators”. The whole of Moldova is covered with the shame of memory, which is turned inside out.
On the top photo: Opening of the monument to the Romanian invaders in the village of Slobozia Horodiste
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