The Russians had lost 27 million people in the Second World War. Hitler had launched a war of destruction against the civilian population and demanded that the Wehrmacht “disregard the concept of comradeship between soldiers.” His senior commanders had vigorously enforced the directive. The Soldiers of the Soviet Army had been through terrible experience: many of them had fought for four years without a day’s leave, had gone past scenes of scorched earth, the devastated villages of their homeland and fields filled with corpses: many of them had fought for four years without a day’s leave, had gone past scenes of scorched earth. the devastated villages of their homeland and fields filled with corpses. Bewildered, they had pressed on into a conquered Germany, a country obviously much wealthier and more highly developed than their own. “I took revenge, and would take revenge again, said a Red Army soldier named Goffman, whose wife and children had been massacred near Krassno Polje. “I have seen fields scattered with dead Germans, but that isn’t enough. Many of them should die for each murdered child.”Aftermath, Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945-1955, pp. 144 – 145
As self reads, she can’t believe that nothing has changed. We’re still fighting wars, but instead of Germany, we’re fighting Russia.