Timely lessons of the past century

06/08/2018

“Official history has always been the history of great murderers, and it is not only today that Cain is killing Abel. But it is only today that Cain is killing Abel in the name of logic and then claiming the ribbon of the Legion of Honor.” (Albert Camus, quotation retrieved in the Bertram Wolfe Collection, Hoover Institution Archives, July 2017)

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A avut, are si va avea dreptate…

05/11/2017

A century after the Bolshevik revolution: Raymond Aron was, as Allan Bloom wrote shortly after the philosopher’s death in 1983, “the man who for fifty years . . . had been right about the political alternatives actually available to us. . . . [H]e was right about Hitler, right about Stalin, and right that our Western regimes, with all their flaws, are the best and only hope of mankind.”


Totalitarian brotherhood in action…

17/09/2017

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September 17, 1939: Every word in Vyacheslav Molotov’s infamous speech on that day was a shameless, blatant, egregious lie: “Events arising out of the Polish-German War have revealed the internal insolvency and obvious impotence of the Polish state. Polish ruling circles have suffered bankruptcy… Warsaw as the capital of the Polish state no longer exists. No one knows the whereabouts of the Polish Government. The population of Poland have been abandoned by their ill-starred leaders to their fate. The Polish State and its Government have virtually ceased to exist. In view of this state of affairs, treaties concluded between the Soviet Union and Poland have ceased to operate. A situation has arisen in Poland which demands of the Soviet Government special concern for the security of its State. Poland has become a fertile field for any accidental and unexpected contingency that may create a menace for the Soviet Union…Nor can it be demanded of the Soviet Government that it remain indifferent to the fate of its Blood Brothers, the Ukrainians and White Russians inhabiting Poland, who even formerly were nations without rights and who now have been utterly abandoned to their fate. The Soviet Government deems it its sacred duty to extend the hand of assistance to its brother Ukrainians and White Russians inhabiting Poland.” Extracts from Molotov’s broadcast speech on the Soviet invasion of Poland (17 September 1939) Mirovoe Khoziaistvo, 1939, 9, p. 13. In Soviet Documents on Foreign Policy. Volume I: 1917-1941. Jane Tabrisky Degras (ed.) 1953, Oxford University Press. Pages 374-5


The ethics of memory

01/05/2017

Born under this sign, I practice the ethics of memory. As Adam Michnik poignantly wrote: “Amnesty, yes; amnesia, no!”

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Image: Magnet from the Polin Museum, Warsaw


Moral clarity: Macron in Oradour

28/04/2017

The battle for memory, the battle against historical revisionism, the battle against Holocaust negationists, the battle for dignity against infamy, the battle for liberal values against tribalistic xenophobia, Emmanuel Macron in the martyr-village Oradour-sur-Glane, Friday, April 28, 2017…

 

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Pentru memorie, impotriva barbariei…

28/04/2017

Pietre care vorbesc, pietre care gem: La ceasul vandalizării unor morminte evreiesti, in chiar capitala tarii, un abominabil, scabros si repugnant sacrilegiu, recomand acest articol de o vibrantă actualitate…

https://tismaneanu.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/cimitirul-evreiesc-campulung-moldovenesc-un-articol-de-marius-stan/

 

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Please look into his eyes, the whole sadness of the world is there…

21/04/2017

He committed suicide in Paris on April 20, Hitler’s birthday. The beginning of “Death Fugue” by Paul Celan (1920 – 1970):

Black milk of morning we drink you at dusktime
we drink you at noontime and dawntime we drink you at night
we drink and drink
we scoop out a grave in the sky where it’s roomy to lie
There’s a man in this house who cultivates snakes and who writes
who writes when it’s nightfall nach Deutschland your golden hair Margareta
he writes it and walks from the house and the stars all start flashing he whistles his
dogs to draw near
whistles his Jews to appear starts us scooping a grave out of sand
he commands us to play for the dance..

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