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Thank you for being born!

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Fortunately, I belong to the generation that was born in the 50s of the last century. And not only fortunately, but call it what you like: by coincidence, thanks to the will of fate, or even by misunderstanding ...


The fathers of people like me were those who went through the Great Patriotic War, fought in the difficult 41st, defended Leningrad and Stalingrad, liberated Europe, fought with imperialist Japan, rebuilt a destroyed country. Our fathers studied at night schools after the war, graduated from institutes and universities, became prominent scientists, designers, teachers, doctors and workers.

Yes, it was workers, because without their skillful unique hands that could literally do everything, the successes achieved by the Soviet Union would not have been possible.

It was a special, outstanding generation. These were giants of deed, thought and word. These were people who sincerely worked, sincerely loved and sincerely gave birth to children who grew up in an atmosphere of love, joy and respect. Thanks to them for that!

Before the war, my father lived with his parents and younger brother in the city of Kharkov (now independent Ukrainian) on Rymarskaya Street. Not far from him, some three hundred meters away, on Pushkinskaya Street, my expectant mother lived. Before the war, they were not familiar with each other and studied at different schools.

When the war began, the Wehrmacht at the end of September 1941 approached Kharkov. The families of my future parents were evacuated by some miracle, which was talked about until the very end of my life.


But this is by no means the last accident, thanks to which I was born.

At the end of 1942, his father (born in 1925) volunteered. He studied at the infantry school for six months. Three days before the release on the urgently announced construction they were informed that the Red Army urgently needed paratroopers. And all of the release became not junior platoon lieutenants, but paratroopers.

This is another accident due to which I was born.

Dad got into the 11th airborne brigade. Who did history Airborne during the war, he knows well that many of these formations more than once undergone new formations. This meant that the previous composition was almost completely out of order, in other words, died, but retained the Battle Banner.

It was later, in 1985, when my father and mother rode the Moscow-Beijing train to the far garrison of the Steppe (who served there, he knows!), He met with the same front-line paratrooper, who only served in the 12th airborne brigade , who, finding out where Dad served, exclaimed in surprise: “How did you survive? Your brigade was completely killed ... ”And that was the true truth: from the 11th brigade during heavy defensive battles somewhere in Belarus some people survived that were wounded and shell-shocked at the very beginning of the battles and who had been taken out to the rear. Among them was my father. Here is another coincidence.

Due to a severe shell-shock, the father was transferred from the airborne troops to the 333rd Polotsk-Novobugsky heavy guards self-propelled artillery orders of the Battle of the Red Banner, Alexander Nevsky and Mikhail Kutuzov regiment on the ISU-152, in which he became commander of the machine gunners division. He liberated Polotsk and other cities. Then there was a war with Japan.

My father recalled that during the advance of the 1st Far Eastern Front, the regiment submachine gunners practically couldn’t even get a little sleep ... Samurais attacked our units and units that got up to rest very nights, there were frequent cases when dozens of our soldiers were slaughtered at the beginning of this war and officers. While the crews of the self-propelled guns were sleeping, the machine gunners were on guard duty. And they died: several sentries because of their negligence and sloppiness were killed by the Japanese ...

And in the afternoon, during the marches, it was necessary to sit on the armor and look out for the Japanese suicide bombers, who were dug up along with anti-tank mines right on the roads. Dad recalled how the soldiers of his squad destroyed two such "kamikazes" in time, when they suddenly appeared just a few meters away.

Then there were battles for the Chinese city of Mudanjiang, where the regiment submachine gunners had to storm Japanese bunkers and bunkers, clash with the Japanese many times in ruthless hand-to-hand combat, and liberate North Korea. Father quit only in 1950 as the commander of the ISU-152 gun, having served like this for almost eight years of military service.


And his younger brother Valentine died in 1944, not having lived only three days before his eighteenth birthday. He was a signalman in the NKVD troops. He was killed by Bandera near the city of Vladimir-Volynsky. My uncle pulled the communication line along the pillars and was shot on a pole when he was shooting back from dozens of "forest brothers". So the commander of the unit wrote in a letter, which then came along with the funeral. But he, too, could become someone's father ... Dad did not know about his brother's death until 1947, my grandfather and grandmother did not want to upset him.

After the demobilization, his father graduated from the 10th grade of evening school, by then his parents had already returned to Kharkov, he graduated from the Kharkov Polytechnic Institute and began working at the Kharkov Light Miner plant.

And my mother and her parents evacuated to Krasnoyarsk, where she served as a telephone operator in a military unit. She recalled that her grandmother until the last moment did not want to evacuate from Kharkov, fearing to lose contact with her mother’s elder brother, the battery commander who fought near Leningrad. They were evacuated from Kharkov on October 21, 1941. The Germans entered the city on October 24. Another such accident.

Then the mother’s family moved to Kuibyshev, where the mother graduated from the pedagogical institute. My grandfather, her father, born in 1893, graduated from only 4 classes of the school under the king. At the end of the 20s, he became the inventor and author of the first electric oven in the USSR, several times represented it at VDNH. And after the Victory, he was offered a choice of where to go: to Kharkov or Leningrad. Mom in the last years of her life was very worried, looking at what was happening in Ukraine (and she died in 2018 at the age of 92), and was very sorry that she insisted on moving to Kharkov then ... And again, by chance, thanks to which my parents met and I was born ...

I specifically told in detail about the history of my family. I am sure that the vast majority of people of my generation could tell more dramatic family stories. At our place, military awards and paternal letters from the front are stored as the greatest value. We remember their stories about how they fought. And remember how we worked. We remember how they talked about the enthusiasm with which they restored everything that the Nazis destroyed.


It was a generation of heroes, a generation of titans, a generation of demigods who could and did the impossible.

Therefore, it is not necessary to deceive us, our children and grandchildren, saying from the blue screen on the blue eye that our fathers went into battle, fearing SMERSH and detachments, and our grandfathers built the Soviet economy either in the Gulag or in fear of it. It wasn’t. This is a vile lie.

No need to deceive us. It is ridiculous and bitter to us when we find out again and again that under the guidance of skilled "managers" the much-needed IL-112V transporter did not fly again, a rocket fell, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade for many, many years could not create a replacement for the An-2 corn-truck.

And at the same time, with regularity, comparable only to sunrise and sunset, there are reports of criminal cases involving multi-billion dollar thefts, which, of course, cannot but be approved. Everything would be just like that if it were not for one “but”: this indicates that public administration is simply ineffective. And what else can I call it if there is completely no system for training personnel and their responsibility for the final results of work?

From this point of view, whatever laws you adopt, the effect can be expected to be close to absolute zero ...

There is no doubt that many landmark projects are being successfully implemented in modern Russia. For example, the Crimean bridge, the project for the development of the Far East. New industries are being built. But what, if I may say so, efficiency, efficiency of this process? What could you do - and what have you done?

My late battalion commander (in the photo he is on the left) at a military school, evaluating this or that action of a unit or a single cadet, when he was very dissatisfied, he said abruptly: "Evaluation is a deuce!"


I’m afraid that too often we are talking about evaluating the actions of the Russian government, for example, regarding reforms in education or health care. But for some reason, no one got to the guardhouse ...

Why am I all this? Moreover, the connection between generations in Russia has always been, is and will be the most durable thread that cementes the people and ensures its existence. Those multimillion-dollar accidents, thanks to which generations were born in the 40s and 50s of the last century, remain in memory for now. And the children of the 40s and 50s are already pensioners. And if they say one thing to their grandchildren, and propaganda, including, very surprisingly, state propaganda, broadcasts something completely different, then this is the biggest threat to national security.

If by doing so the authorities seek to reconcile the pro-Western part of Russian society, insignificant in numbers and authority, otherwise called the “liberal”, this is not so bad. But if these "pro-Westerners" are actually part of the government, this is already a big disaster. As proved by the collapse of the USSR, produced by the elite from above.

Because in this case, those accidents, due to which millions of people like me, were born, turn out to be just accidents that entailed the birth of only individual individuals, but not the preservation and successful development of the country.

Our parents fought and worked for this. And we are the results of their life and love. And our country too.
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  1. Fedorov
    Fedorov 14 March 2020 05: 39
    28
    Our parents fought and worked for this. And we are the results of their life and love. And our country too.

    An article in the subject, but after reading it, I want to shoot Maleho in someone. hi And I even know who, but damn it.
    1. Aerodrome
      Aerodrome 14 March 2020 05: 49
      29
      Great article, Igor Matveev, just great. hi
      1. Kostyar
        Kostyar 14 March 2020 06: 15
        24
        Interesting article, thanks!
        About blue screens, including the Internet, I agree! The fact that it pours from there onto a young, immature generation ... is real hunting shoot, and not a little!
        Bandera was not shot at the time, got into Ukraine ...
        1. bessmertniy
          bessmertniy 14 March 2020 06: 55
          17
          Sincerely. The feeling of the former great country and that Great Victory that our fathers and grandfathers won was somehow well conveyed. hi
          1. Hunter 2
            Hunter 2 14 March 2020 07: 26
            24
            Moreover, the victories not only of the Front, but also after the end of the War - Labor! The Grandfather of Labor Awards has almost as few as the Fighting ... for the creation and development of the oil and gas complex of Western Siberia! People not sparing themselves - Restored the Country after the Great War, did everything in their power to improve the life of the Country and Ordinary Citizens.
    2. Reklastik
      Reklastik 14 March 2020 08: 40
      +1
      For words, bodies can already throw problems. You’ll rock the boat.
    3. Chaldon48
      Chaldon48 14 March 2020 10: 29
      +4
      With the help of terror, nothing can be changed, you need to try to implement the idea that sounded in the first frames of the movie "War and Peace". Remember: "If bad people unite and form strength, then the good need to do only the same, as simple!" In fact, this is the most difficult task that only a very smart and strong-willed leader can do, but where is he?
      1. mat-vey
        mat-vey 14 March 2020 10: 37
        +1
        Quote: Chaldon48
        With the help of terror, nothing can be changed

        But no one will leave attempts anyway.
      2. NordUral
        NordUral 15 March 2020 11: 44
        -1
        Simple but very scary! But overcoming fear and going out to the rally, seeing thousands, tens of thousands conquering fear and apathy, we will certainly find leaders among ourselves. And sitting in the kitchens and on the sofas, we will definitely get what these cooks are for us.
        1. Golovan Jack
          Golovan Jack 15 March 2020 12: 05
          -1
          Quote: NordUral
          overcoming fear and going to a rally, seeing thousands, tens of thousands conquering fear and apathy, we will certainly find leaders among ourselves

          Who will give you something to look for in the square, they will drive you ready ...

          It was already, and not so long ago, 30 years ago. I categorically did not like it.
          1. NordUral
            NordUral 15 March 2020 12: 19
            -1
            Strange, Golovan, it seemed to me that you liked it.
            Although there is a reason in your remark. But there is a chance that it will be different.
            1. Golovan Jack
              Golovan Jack 15 March 2020 12: 27
              -1
              Quote: NordUral
              it seemed to me that you liked

              What seemed to you is your personal sadness. I absolutely do not like it when they make an idiot out of me. At that time - almost a ride.

              Quote: NordUral
              there is a chance that it will be different

              Nope. Such a boom as the exit of at least a thread of a noticeable crowd into the street, without the attention of kind uncles - well, there will be no way. And the leaders will be delivered and presented to you, pleasantly smelling and beautifully packaged. And you will be surely sure that it was you who found them.

              I say - it was already.
              1. NordUral
                NordUral 15 March 2020 12: 36
                -2
                It has always been like this, but the probability is not zero that the leader will be a decent person.
                And how now. about who we are kept by the "guarantor" and the company.
                1. Golovan Jack
                  Golovan Jack 15 March 2020 12: 40
                  -1
                  Quote: NordUral
                  the probability is not zero that the leader will be a decent person

                  It is not much different from zero.

                  Quote: NordUral
                  And how now. about who we are kept by the "guarantor" and the company

                  I have no idea who is holding you for what. Bye buddy wink
  2. DMB 75
    DMB 75 14 March 2020 05: 46
    22
    The fathers of people like me were those who went through the Great Patriotic War, fought in the difficult 41st, defended Leningrad and Stalingrad, liberated Europe, fought with imperialist Japan, rebuilt a destroyed country.

    My grandfather fought in Finland, received the Order of the Red Star for Vyborg, was wounded in the Patriotic War at Stalingrad, For Courage, For Military Merit, and the Order of the Red Star and For Victory over Germany remained from him. grandfather by age already at the end of the war was drafted, took Berlin, he had the Order of the Red Banner for the Reichstag and the medal "For Victory over Germany" and "For Victory over Japan" and "For Military Merit", where he took the islands, hence my reaction is nervous about the Kuril Islands ... Bogatyrs, not us ... Generation of winners.
    1. maidan.izrailovich
      maidan.izrailovich 14 March 2020 06: 03
      23
      My one grandfather fought ....

      My grandfather fought in 1914. He finished his service in 1953. Passed both world, Hassan, with the White Finns.
      Total: St. George’s Cross, Order of Lenin, Red Banner., Red Star, medal For the capture of Berlin.
      In load injured and concussion.
      1. Fedorov
        Fedorov 14 March 2020 06: 32
        19
        Honor and respect, my grandfather has about the same iconostasis on his uniform. The truth was not injured. hi And Berlin and Keninsberg ..
        1. mat-vey
          mat-vey 14 March 2020 06: 47
          +5
          Quote: Fedorov
          And Berlin and Keninsberg ..

          28th army?
    2. 210ox
      210ox 14 March 2020 10: 37
      +8
      I bow to your grandfather and father of a respected author. My parents also suffered, they survived the occupation by adolescents ..
  3. Thrifty
    Thrifty 14 March 2020 06: 02
    19
    The person just honestly poured out his soul, because it is impossible to compare the time when the thesis "cadres is our future" was realized by the growth of the power of the USSR, and now the word "cadre" in relation to a person has become at least ironic, if not abusive. The usurpation of power leads to the death of the state, we learned this from the history of the world, but we did not understand that we are an ordinary country in the world, where such a thing is not only possible, but alas, inevitable. For the government is weak, having given a promise, it immediately forgets about it, or ignores it. And such a power is doomed by history to collapse, along with the country.
  4. Mihail55
    Mihail55 14 March 2020 06: 04
    18
    Thank you Igor for the article !!! The same generation. It’s also from Ukraine. You cannot talk derogatoryly about the past, children and grandchildren must know the TRUTH! It is sad that the current media, with rare exceptions, sow FALSE and HATE ...
  5. serg.shishkov2015
    serg.shishkov2015 14 March 2020 06: 09
    16
    The first post-war generation is very extended in time and consists of two large groups - children of front-line soldiers and children of children of war, children of those who survived under bombing and shelling, in the occupied territories and in concentration camps, in the heroic martyr Leningrad and in rear villages dying of starvation! my mother was 1945 years old in 10 and during the war she almost died of starvation, in the rear .. we have a 36 year age difference, it happens! And even though I was born 26 years after the Victory, I de facto belong to the first post-war generation! a generation that might not have been! Thank you for the article!
    1. Van 16
      Van 16 14 March 2020 07: 41
      13
      Now, for some reason, they completely forgot about the Children of the War, the generation of the 30s, but they had a hard time, my father learned to be a machine operator at 11, worked on a tractor for 12 days, while grandfathers were at war. And after the war they also got it.
      And the article - yes, very good, thanks to the author!
      1. serg.shishkov2015
        serg.shishkov2015 14 March 2020 08: 20
        +6
        Mom at 6 or 7 years old worked as a nanny in a private house for food
  6. nikvic46
    nikvic46 14 March 2020 06: 12
    14
    What a different life everyone has. But there is one thing in common. This is war, this is Victory, this is the restoration of the country. This is a whole layer in order to write books, set up movies. Everyone has different fates.
  7. nikolaj1703
    nikolaj1703 14 March 2020 07: 02
    13
    Thank you for the article! My father went through the entire war at the forefront, commanded a medical battalion, was a surgeon, the mortality rate of 232 small and medium business during his service was 2,5%, for which he was awarded orders. While serving in the Soviet Army, I met many of his patients who knew him both during the war and after. He saved lives, but we did not save OUR country.
  8. Edward Vashchenko
    Edward Vashchenko 14 March 2020 08: 07
    10
    Therefore, it is not necessary to deceive us, our children and grandchildren, saying from the blue screen on the blue eye that our fathers went into battle, fearing SMERSH and detachments, and our grandfathers built the Soviet economy either in the Gulag or in fear of it. It wasn’t. This is a vile lie.

    It is a pity that those who on Victory Day on May 9 say this nonsense for a minute of silence to the whole country from year to year do not know about this.
    1. NordUral
      NordUral 15 March 2020 11: 38
      0
      They all know, only lie and lie!
  9. Svarog
    Svarog 14 March 2020 08: 35
    11
    Our parents fought and worked for this. And we are the results of their life and love. And our country too.

    Very well said! And the article is wonderful!
  10. Aviator_
    Aviator_ 14 March 2020 11: 06
    +4
    Good article. I am of the same generation, the 50s. Father born in 1922, the navigator of the aircraft, 889 NBA, 4VA (North Caucasus, Crimea, Belarus, Poland, Germany). After the war - Iran, the Far East, the Korean War. Then he taught airplane navigation and navigation at the Orenburg Navigation School (disbanded under Khrushche Kukuruznom in 1960). He graduated from the Orenburg Pedagogical Institute in 1961, taught psychology and pedagogy at the Orenburg anti-aircraft school (disbanded under Taburetkin). Mom born in 1926, from the Far East, after leaving school in 1943 went to work at a chemical plant for the production of explosives in Semenovka (now Arsenyev), in 1945 she entered the Khabarovsk Medical Institute, graduated from it in 1950 and worked continuously as a pediatrician until 1999.
  11. Sklendarka
    Sklendarka 14 March 2020 11: 15
    +5
    Quote: Svarog
    Our parents fought and worked for this. And we are the results of their life and love. And our country too.

    Very well said! And the article is wonderful!

    I agree, you can’t say better. A father of 24 g / r is the last wound in a Berlin park ...
  12. Nick Russ
    Nick Russ 14 March 2020 11: 19
    +1
    ,, Because in that case, those accidents, thanks to which millions of people like me, were born, turn out to be just accidents that entailed the birth of just individual individuals, but not the preservation and successful development of the country. ”


    ,, A.S. Pushkin:

    A gift in vain, a gift of chance
    Life, why are you given to me?
    Or why fate is a mystery
    Are you sentenced to death?

    Who me hostile power
    Cried out of insignificance
    I filled my soul with passion
    Was the mind excited by doubt? ..

    There is no purpose in front of me:
    The heart is empty, the mind is idle
    And tormenting me with longing
    Monotonous life noise.


    And here is the answer of Metropolitan Filaret of Moscow and Kolomensk (Drozdov):

    Not in vain, not by chance
    Life from God has been given to us,
    Not without the will of God secret
    And condemned to execution.

    I myself am wayward power
    Evil from the dark abyss cried out
    He filled his soul with passion
    The mind excited doubt.

    Remember me, forgotten by me!
    Shine through the gloom of thoughts, -
    And is built by you
    The heart is pure, the mind is bright.

    Pushkin, continuing the topic, writes a kind of confession:

    In hours of fun or idle boredom,
    I used to be my lyre
    Entrusted the pampered sounds
    Madness, laziness and passion.

    But even then the strings are crafty
    I interrupted the ringing involuntarily
    When your voice is grand
    I was suddenly struck.

    I poured streams of tears of the unexpected
    And the wounds of my conscience
    Your fragrant speeches
    Pleased clean was the oil.

    And now from a spiritual height
    You stretch my hand
    And the power of meek and loving
    Humble violent dreams.

    Your fire warmed the soul
    Rejected the darkness of earthly vanities
    And listen to the harp of Philaret
    In sacred horror, the poet. ,,
  13. Ros 56
    Ros 56 14 March 2020 11: 23
    +5
    I completely agree with the author, everything is true. hi It's a pity they did not finish off Bandera.
  14. Alexander Sosnitsky
    Alexander Sosnitsky 14 March 2020 11: 40
    +5
    Fairytale country, fabulous time and fabulous people.
  15. Krasnoyarsk
    Krasnoyarsk 14 March 2020 12: 35
    +3
    Thanks Igor. You reminded me of my father. Although I do not forget about him. How much they have in common. Thank.
  16. O. Bender
    O. Bender 14 March 2020 12: 38
    +9
    Literally, two days ago at lunch, I watched the news on Russia1.In the story of the WWII veteran, a news anchor at the age of slightly over thirty, commenting said, he fought on the eastern front! Your division !!!! He did not even hesitate! Of course the plot editors are preparing, but! So it turns out that 30+ is already far from my fathers and grandfathers and great-grandfathers. By the way, the air date I described on 12.03.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX. I'm still furious!
  17. Marine engineer
    Marine engineer 14 March 2020 12: 49
    +3
    Thank you Igor for the article. My father did not fight, in 1941 he was 2 years old, but I well remember this generation. I was lucky to communicate with them, go fishing together and, despite the huge difference in age, be friends.
    Therefore, I completely agree with you: “It was a generation of heroes, a generation of titans, a generation of demigods who could and did the impossible”
  18. Aleks2000
    Aleks2000 14 March 2020 22: 12
    +4
    The article is good.
    But remember, whom Peskov and others called the most liberal and democratic of the democrats ??? (not verbatim).

    So the question, alas, has long been resolved ... and it is understandable in whose favor.
  19. NordUral
    NordUral 15 March 2020 11: 32
    0
    Igor! About the generation of grandfathers and parents, that’s all. Although my father did not fight (as a Volga German was the whole war in the labor army in the Urals, he built a BAZ), but all the mother fought from Veliky Ustyug and many did not return.
    But about these - not like that, not a deuce, but a five! Only the West puts this assessment to them, not the people.
  20. Doliva63
    Doliva63 15 March 2020 18: 22
    0
    Are we pulling Putin’s propaganda further on the history of the Union and the Second World War? If my father would know for what, as a result, the country fought, he would have shot himself there, probably. There is no and cannot be any connection between generations, when 50s and 60s generations spat on what their parents / grandfathers died for. In fact, betrayed. The article is simply intended to put veterans and their feat at the service of Putin's propaganda. Such an idea will work for some time, and then it will be blown away, like a past idea to unite everyone under the banners of Orthodoxy.
    1. avia12005
      16 March 2020 12: 20
      +1
      What is Putin’s propaganda? Surround yourself. These are purely personal memories, also criticizing the authorities.
      1. Doliva63
        Doliva63 16 March 2020 20: 09
        +1
        Quote: avia12005
        What is Putin’s propaganda? Surround yourself. These are purely personal memories, also criticizing the authorities.

        I reread soberly, I admit that I am wrong and apologize. Excited, sorry. drinks
        1. avia12005
          17 March 2020 07: 14
          +1
          Nothing happens)) drinks