My grandson completed a book review for one of his summer reading assignments along with a few math assignments just in time this weekend for us to watch a few documentaries airing this month on the Smithsonian channel. The documentaries cover the period leading up to, during and after the Russian Revolution.
I was concerned that the Smithsonian would sanitize history but decided that “J” and I would watch the documentaries anyway and I’d take it from there.
“J” who has yet to learn about the Russia Revolution in school was shocked and quite curious, a change for my grandson who hates history but THIS got his attention. He had plenty of questions to which I provided answers explaining the events unfolding before his eyes. Afterwards, I made the connection to what is going on throughout the world and most importantly in the United States today.
Below is today’s essay from Robert Belvedere’s The Camp of the Saints. Today’s post is an update of an essay published some years ago (such luck and timing). Since “J” and I were up late last night discussing Communism and the documentary, I’m letting him sleep in this morning but once we catch up on today’s business, I will direct my grandson to Belevedere’s blog.
The Camp of the Saints by Robert Belvedere
[NOTE: This is a republishing of a post I originally ran a eight years ago]
[NOTE for 2018: One hundred years on and Leftism is still treated as Legitimate and worthy of Respect. We have failed.]
This is the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Russia…
It was code-named The House Of Special Purpose by the Bolsheviks. Lenin ordered that Nicholas II, ex-Tsar of all the Russias, and his family be imprisoned there, but that was not the ‘special’ purpose. This is the Tsar and his family:
On the night/morning of 16/17 July 1918, the family was awakened, told to dress quickly as they would have to leave in a hurry, ushered into a basement room, and were murdered by a bunch of local Bolsheviks. From Wikipedia:
Around midnight Yakov Yurovsky, the superintendent of The House of Special Purpose, ordered the Romanovs’ physician, Dr. Eugene Botkin, to awaken the sleeping family and ask them to put on their clothes. The Romanovs were then ordered into a 6×5 meter semi-basement room. Nicholas asked if he could bring two chairs for himself and his wife. A firing squad appeared next and Yurovsky announced:
“ Nikolai Aleksandrovich, your relatives have tried to save you, but they had not to. And we are forced to shoot you by ourselves… ”
Yurovsky then began to read the decision of the Ural Executive Committee (Uralispolkom), and Nicholas said “What?” As the weapons were raised, the Empress and the Grand Duchess Olga, according to a guard’s reminiscence, had tried to cross themselves, but failed amid the shooting. Yurovsky reportedly raised his gun at Nicholas and fired; Nicholas fell dead instantly. The other executioners then began shooting until all the intended victims had fallen[…]
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