Why Should We Remember This?

“I was asked to find a large estate in the Melitopol district, which will always remain mine” – from the speech at the trial of SS Obersturmbannfuhrer Georg Heinisch.

75 years ago, the trial of Nazi criminals who destroyed and abused civilians during the Great Patriotic War was held in Kiev.

It was the Nuremberg of Kiev…

“In the funds of the Russian State Archive of Film and Photo Documents, a unique one-and-a-half-hour documentary film has been preserved, depicting in detail all the vicissitudes of the Kiev process.

It was held from 17 to 28 January 1946 in the Kiev District House of Officers. “We see the courtroom, the benches of the defendants, the interrogation of the accused, the traces of their crimes – the destroyed Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, Babi Yar…

The testimony is given by SS Obersturmbannfuhrer Georg Heinisch (member of the NSDAP since 1923), Gebietskommissar of the Melitopol district in the Reichskommissariat ‘Ukraine’. On his orders, 1,200 Soviet citizens were arrested, who were then shot. In total, the Obersturmbannfuhrer was charged with the murder of 5,000 civilians.

Prosecutor: What was promised to you by Hitler and the leadership of the fascist party in the event of a German victory?

Heinisch: It was clearly stated that after the German army succeeded in capturing Ukraine, the German population would settle there. Special honour will be given to those who took part in the campaign against the Soviet Union. I was asked to find a large estate in the Melitopol district, which will always remain mine.

The Chairman: You said that Ukraine should be joined to Germany. What was supposed to be done with the Ukrainian people?

Heinisch: There was an intention to completely destroy part of the population, and to relocate the rest to the northern regions of the Soviet Union.

At this moment, the camera lens captures a close-up of the face of a young guard, who until now stood motionless at attention at the dock. The soldier involuntarily turns his head and squints at the accused. His expression, which has hitherto been impassive, changes instantly. He looks at the accused with contempt and hatred.

In those days, hundreds of thousands of Soviet people shared with him a feeling of hatred that wanted revenge.”

Why should we remember this? Because after all these years, they haven’t gone away, and they’re coming at us again. Only this time, not in the classic Nazi uniform with an open visor, but draped in the hybrid clothes of the benefactors of the world, spreading the virus of their “democracy” at every station on the planet.

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Angelina Siard

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