by Anniel 5/26/17
After discussing how nauseating and vile the political discourse in our lives has become and the need to “Turn Off the Sound” (ST 5/22/17), I suddenly remembered the book for which I had previously written a Review: I Speak For the Silent – Prisoners of the Soviets by Vladimir V. Tchernavin. (ST 8/1/14). This was the book Whittaker Chambers clandestinely read when he began his break from Communism.
Vladimir Tchernavin was sent from a regular Gulag camp into what was called the Solovki Prison System, which is where he planned and arranged the escape for himself, his wife and son.
In his thoughts and writings about the Solovki Prison System, Tchernavin reveals how communism corrupted and kept its frightful hold on both its enemies and its adherents. He says that the GPU became its own ghost state within the Soviet state, complete with its own laws and leaders, and its hold was maintained by THREE pillars: FOUL LANGUAGE, PROTECTION (a system of extortion both up and down the line) and DENUNCIATION (No one cared if the denunciations were true. Many lost their lives when falsely denounced.)
What popped into my mind yesterday was the First Pillar used to maintain camp discipline, the use of foul language. Tchernavin says:
In this camp, I think, profanity -in which I include every form of vile speech – has reached its highest development. It is universally employed by officials – as evidence of their power over prisoners. . . The subordinate officials, together with the guard and the criminal element, delight in using the word “intellectual” combined with the foulest language imaginable. . .
Often the foul language was used against certain people in conjunction with other behavior to belittle and further demoralize them:
All prisoners were addressed by those over them in the worst possible language. Jews, intellectuals and priests were especially singled out for such treatment. A prisoner might be sent on a task, but not allowed to walk on the boardwalks. As he slogged through thick ankle deep mud he would hear shouts all along the way of, “You filthy ****ing blood-sucking Kike Jew bastard.” And mud and stones would be flung at him or someone might knock him down and kick him. Then he would be punished for being late or dirty and bloody, and he would still have to fulfill his work quota for the day, without his nightly food or water ration.
It seems that one of the first symptoms of a sick society and those who have a desire for power and force against perceived enemies (that would be us – you and me) is the use of vulgar language. Members of the media today regularly drop the “F” Bomb, along with obscene gestures exhibiting their contempt for us.
I can only believe that such bastardization of language has ALWAYS been used against good people. I believe it is Satanic, and, as such, is universal.
As I went back over Tchernavin’s book I also found what I had forgotten, for he says that such language is used not only by the officials, but also:
. . . by prisoners – as an expression of their contempt for a life of slavery, for all their surroundings, and for themselves.
Isn’t it interesting that the name calling also went the other way. Tchernavin says that among themselves the prisoners spoke and thought of the GPU and the guards in the same foul language. Especially hated guards were taunted whenever a prisoner thought they could get away with it. Of course they might get shot, but they could also be pushed beyond endurance.
Very few did not participate in this language distortion. And both sides were dehumanized and destroyed by the use of such language. Every person in the camps became hardened against their perceived enemies, and also hated themselves as they lost their souls and any goodness they once had.
If you follow some blog sites now, you will find that many conservatives are falling into the trap set for us, to willfully subvert our own language and become hardened by our use of profanity.
I fear our children and grand-children are woefully unprepared for the holocaust headed our way if civil war finally comes. We must not profane our heritage and freedom.
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Recommended reading, and also available on Kindle for only $.99: Escape From the Soviets. Tatiana Tchernavin. (This completes the story of the Tchernavin Family’s life under communism and the final story of their escape. I think it best to read Tatiana’s story first, because she describes completely the history of Communism in Russia, from the period of starvation following the civil war to the times following Stalin’s Great Terror. Most of us have a lot of history to catch up on, and then we need to take our own homeland’s pulse to see where we stand. Frightening.)