The Nazis and the Bolsheviks

During the WWII, Bessarabia had experienced both the Nazi and the Bolshevik troops. Ion Moraru, one of the narrators from Do Not Avenge Us, was a child when the German troops were crossing Bessarabia toward the front with the Russians. Later, when the Bolsheviks arrested him, he was a teenager.

Here are the two events that show the disregard for human life of both these murderous regimes. The first one with the Nazis:

“Since the bombardments were quite close to the village, I was not going far with the cow, but I held her by the rope, right on the side of the road where the German troops were passing. One day, I was very close to a well, and I saw a convoy of Jews accompanied by Germans. O young Jewish woman of a rare beauty, with a long plait on her back that reached her loins, asked a German soldier to allow her to drink water. The German made a sign that she could drink. The girl put her head into the bucket and drank avidly. He looked at her smirking, and all of a sudden—buff!—he shot her right in her neck.

“Scared, I ran home, leaving the cow there. I rushed to bunelul (Romanian for grandfather), who worked in the apiary, and I told him everything. He covered the beehive, and we both ran after the cow because she nourished us. We led her slowly with the rod and brought her home. The convoy went further, and the Jewish woman remained like this, with her head in the bucket, suspended alone between the sky and the earth. Nobody got close to her until evening came, but she was not there in the morning; at the border between Slanina and Drochia appeared a fresh tomb, without a cross, which was a sign that the Christian peasants had buried her.”

Second event, with the Bolshevik persecution: Ion Moraru is taken to the secret police and persecuted after he had written a letter to the leaders of the party complaining about the abuses of this secret police. At the end of the interrogation, the investigator “told me that regardless of where I would complain, I would get to him, and he would make it so that I would be shot as a dog.”

Ion Moraru replies:

“In 1941, I saw the Germans shooting a Jewish woman from the convoy, and she did not have any fault.”

“True,” he replied, “they shot people with no fault, but we strive to find them a fault and we shot them afterwards… Now go home and be careful so that you do not fall back into my hands!”

After a few more months, he is arrested and deported to Siberia.


You can see a video with testimonies of those deported to Siberia in the following video:

The video is in Romanian, but it has English subtitles.


About Tavi's Corner

Blogging on ancient philosophy, communist persecution in Romania (including deportation to Siberia), and Orthodox Christianity. I've translated books from Romanian to English, and I also write about them from time to time.
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  1. Pingback: Tales of beauty and love from the darkness of the Siberian Gulag | Tavi's Corner

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