- - Thursday, August 22, 2019


Mr. Lakhonin is absolutely correct: The heroic deeds of the Soviet people must not be forgotten (“Why the heroic deeds of the Soviet people must not be forgotten,” Web, Aug. 21). But we must also remember the less-than-heroic deeds of the Soviet government. Some of what Mr. Lakhonin writes is factual, but some of it is incomplete or simply untrue.

Britain and France did try to appease Hitler. It was a disaster, but not a cynical move, as Mr. Lakhonin suggests. It was out of fear of another war. Czechoslovakia did not accept Soviet offers because it understood the character of the Soviet government, which was as much of a threat as the Nazis. And Mr. Lakhonin does note that the Soviet Union eventually participated in the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia, just like the Nazis, seizing the far eastern portion of the country.

Mr. Lakhonin mentions the British and French negotiations with the Soviet Union before the war, but he does not mention why they failed. The British and French refused to accept Soviet annexation of large areas of Eastern Europe, which Hitler was all too willing to accept.

Mr. Lakhonin ignores the Nazi-like atrocities committed by the NKVD. He also fails to mention that the Soviet Union delivered vast quantities of oil and other strategic materials needed by the Nazi war machine, making its triumphant Western Offensive possible.

And of course Mr. Lakhinin attempts to downplay the importance of the Lend-Lease Act. His 5-percent figure is accurate, but notice he mentions a “volume” of goods, which is misleading. He is comparing coal and other mining operations with Lend-Lease, which included high-value items such as ships, aircraft, trucks and communications equipment.

Pointing out that the Soviet Union and the Nazis were the ‘initators’ of World War II is simple historical truth. It does not defile the scared memory of the Soviet people.


Alexandria, Va.

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