(This part of the memoir pertains to my fathers opinions on the communist system and as it related to his time as a P.O.W. He could sit for hours I remember and discuss his political views.)
“The Working Man’s Paradise”
A Hungarian Memoir – POW, Part 3
They knew that as a closed society outsiders had very limited direct contact with the so-called working man. When millions of prisoners of war were still rotting in the labor camps years after the war ended, the explanation was hard to swallow: The German’s destroyed, are destroying everything. It is true the war killed Russians, millions of people destroyed, hundreds or thousands of cities and town and to the everyday Russian citizens brought unbelievable hardship. We know this from the communist propaganda machine or the so-called free communism press, T.V., etc. It is also true that their quality of life was greatly exaggerated. Very seldom they talk about the other side of the coin. If you walked through a city, town or a house that was partly destroyed, you could still see how the previous occupants lived. If you never really had something how could you lose it?
For the communist, prisoners of war were very bad candidates to advocate their way of life. The simplest way to take care of that unpleasant situation, to systematically destroy us. They destroyed millions of us, not like the millions of Jews in the crematorium, but starved to death. The world had a right to know. The surviving Jews or Christians and others have a duty to tell the story for the dead; and the growing new generation of the world better listen and not make the same mistakes the old generation did. Sometimes a revolution can destroy more after then the revolution itself can.
We the survivors about one in three were somehow able to stay alive, so one day we could tell our stories about the horrors we endured. I am not telling you a fairly tale and I am not judging all the Russian people. The everyday Russian people I did meet during my life as a prisoner were to my surprise more intelligent than the average person. The biggest problem was their one-sided ideology. They wanted to truly believe the communist system would eventually deliver on the promise of a new and abundant way of life, with a classless society. The one thing the Russian people didn’t know was their standard of living was one of the lowest in the industrialized nations.
If the communist system were to secede in raising their standard of living to the highest in the world, first they would have to militarily conquer the world. Under their dictatorship, they will force other people if necessary into countless gulags to work for that promise. Economically and simply the communist system will never work and never has, it is bankrupt.
(The next section was also previously posted back in May, called “The Hospital” and can be viewed via the link. After that comes a series of stories about his many successful and no successful attempts at obtaining food. Kati~)