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I am proud that I am RUSSIAN

I still do not cease to be amazed by the fantastic, inexplicable strength of the Russian spirit! That is why I am proud that I am RUSSIAN! And not because he was born Russian, but because the Russian soul has unique qualities that are very rare among other peoples. This is evidenced by objective facts.

This is a kind of our distinctive feature that puts us on the other side of human nature, allowing us to accomplish what others cannot do. This is our gift and our curse!

A year before the beginning of the bloodbath in the Donbass, I wrote a large text in three parts about the Brest Fortress, trying to understand its amazing and inexplicable phenomenon.

Probably, to some extent, this work can be considered prophetic, because the next year after its publication the Donbass became a giant Brest fortress! With the only difference that the enemy was not able to seize this Russian stronghold.

A lot of books will be written about the superhuman feat of Donbass, and not less films are shot. But a little later. When the enemy will be finally defeated. When such Russian cities as Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Nikolaev, Odessa, Kiev and many others will be liberated ...

And this time I want to tell history about the Russian superhuman, which occurred in February 1945 of the year in Germany ...

On the night of 2 on 3 February, 1945, the prisoners of the Mauthausen concentration camp, lifted machine gun fire from the bombardment. The shouting “Hurray!” That came from outside did not leave any doubts: there is a real battle in the camp. This 500 of prisoners of the block №20 (suicide unit) attacked machine-gun towers.

In the summer of 1944, unit No. XXUMX appeared in Mauthausen, for Russians. It was a camp in the camp, separated from the general territory by a fence with a height of 20 meters, on top of which there was a wire under current. Along the perimeter were three towers with machine guns. Prisoners of the 2,5 block received ¼ common ration. Spoons, plates they were not supposed to. The unit was never heated. There were neither frames nor glasses in the window openings. The block was not even nar. In winter, before driving the prisoners into the block, the SS men poured water from the floor of the block with a hose. People went to the water and just did not wake up.

“Death planners” had a “privilege” - they did not work like other prisoners. Instead, they spent the whole day doing “exercise” - they ran around the block without a stop or crawled.

During the existence of the block, about 6 thousands of people were destroyed in it. By the end of January, in block No.20, about 570 prisoners remained alive.

With the exception of the 5-6 Yugoslavs and several Poles (participants in the Warsaw uprising), all the prisoners of the "death block" were Soviet prisoners of war officers sent here from other camps.

Prisoners were sent to the 20 block of Mauthausen, even in concentration camps representing a threat to Reich III due to their military education, volitional qualities and organizational abilities. All of them were captured as wounded or unconscious, and during their time in captivity they were recognized as "incorrigible." In the accompanying documents of each of them was the letter "K", which meant that the prisoner was subject to liquidation as soon as possible. Therefore, those who arrived in the 20 block were not even branded, since the life span of the prisoner in the 20 block did not exceed several weeks.

On the appointed night around midnight, the "bomber" began to get out of their hiding places "weapon"- cobblestones, pieces of coal and fragments of a broken washstand. The main "weapon" were two fire extinguishers. 4 assault groups were formed: three were supposed to attack machine-gun towers, one if necessary - to repel an external attack from the side of the camp.

About one o'clock in the morning, the suicide bombers of the 20 block began jumping out of the window apertures and rushed to the towers, shouting “Hurray!” Machine guns opened fire. Foamy streams of fire extinguishers hit the faces of the machine-gunners, a hail of stones flew. Even pieces of ersatz-soap and wooden blocks with legs flew. One machine gun choked, and the members of the assault group immediately climbed onto the tower. Having seized a machine gun, they opened fire on neighboring towers. The prisoners, with the help of wooden boards, shortened the wire, threw blankets on it and began to move over the wall.

Out of almost 500 people, more than 400 managed to break through the outer fence and ended up outside the camp. As agreed, the fugitives broke up into several groups and rushed in different directions to make it difficult to capture. The largest group ran to the forest. When the SS men began to overtake it, several dozen people separated and rushed towards the persecutors to take their last battle and hold their enemies for at least a few minutes.

One of the groups stumbled upon a German anti-aircraft battery. After removing the sentry and bursting into the dugouts, the fugitives, with their bare hands, stifled a cannon's servant, seized a weapon and a truck. The group was overtaken and accepted their last fight.

About a hundred prisoners escaped into liberty died in the first hours. Bogging in the deep snow, in the cold (the thermometer that night showed minus 8 degrees), exhausted, many simply physically could not go more than 10-15 km.

But more than 300 were able to escape persecution and hid in the vicinity.

In search of fugitives, besides guarding the camp, parts of the Wehrmacht, SS units and the local field gendarmerie were deployed in the vicinity. Caught fugitives were taken to Mauthausen and shot at the crematorium wall, where they immediately burned the bodies. But most often they were shot at the place of capture, and corpses were already brought to the camp.

In the German documents, the measures to search for the fugitives were called “Mülviertel Hare Hunt”. Local people were involved in the search.

Volkssturm fighters, members of the Hitler Youth, members of the local NSDAP unit and non-partisan volunteers excitedly searched around the “hares” and killed them on the spot. They killed by improvised means - axes, pitchforks, because they took care of the cartridges. The bodies were taken to the village of Ried in der Riedmarkt, and dumped in the courtyard of a local school.

Here the SS men were counting, crossing out the sticks drawn on the wall. A few days later, the SS men declared that “the account had settled”.


Survived one person from the group that destroyed the German anti-aircraft battery. Ninety-two days, risking their lives, the Austrian peasant woman Langtaler, whose sons fought as part of the Wehrmacht at that time, hid two runaways in her farm. The 19 who escaped were never caught. 11 names are known. 8 of them survived and returned to the Soviet Union.

In 1994, the Austrian director and producer Andreas Gruber made a film about events in Mühlviertel.

The film "Hunting Hares" was the highest grossing in Austria in 1994 — 1995.

The film received several awards:

Special Jury Prize at the 1994 San Sebastian Film Festival;

Audience Award 1994;

Culture Award of Upper Austria;

Austrian Film 1995 Award.

It is curious that we have not shown this film. Few people have heard of this movie at all. Is it only filmmakers.

But they are not interested in such plots. "For some reason."
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  1. nils
    nils 9 November 2015 06: 08
    Being Russian, whatever it is worth it
    In the years of the occupation of our land.
    In the years when Russians are squeezed from the light,
    And even the lumen is not visible in the distance.
    Be Russian! That's it to be, not to seem!
    The weapon of the word, the cross and the sword
    For the Russian land to fight with enemies
    Judas is not to be a voiceless slave.
    Be Russian! Under a new, unprecedented yoke
    Do not give up, do not flinch on the Way of the Cross.
    To be Russian, worthy of a great Russia,
    Otherwise, do not enter heavenly Russia.
    1. vladimirZ
      vladimirZ 9 November 2015 06: 20
      It is only necessary to add that the RUSSIAN MAN is determined not by blood, but by the spirit, devotion to Russia, his homeland !!!
      Russians are all those who live in Russia, they are Russians, and Tatars, Buryats, Bashkirs and other numerous small peoples of our Great Country - Russia.
      We must not forget the words of our great statesman I.V. Stalin: "I am Russian of Georgian origin!" This is the best answer for all nationalists to the question "Who are the Russians?"
      1. Aleksander
        Aleksander 9 November 2015 06: 43
        Quote: vladimirZ
        Russians are all those who live in Russia, they are Russians, and Tatars, Buryats, Bashkirs and other numerous small peoples of our Great Country - Russia.

        You forgot tens of millions Russian (and not only by blood, but by spirit) outside Russia ... hi

        And these lines are ours too:

        I was still proud for the sweetest,
        For the bitter land where I was born,

        For the fact that on her die bequeathed to me,
        That the Russian mother gave birth to us,
        What, in the fight to see us off, a Russian woman
        I hugged three times in Russian.
        1. vladimirZ
          vladimirZ 9 November 2015 06: 53
          You forgot the tens of millions of Russians (and not only by blood, but by spirit) outside of Russia ...
          - Aleksander (1)

          If they remained loyal to Russia, then naturally they are Russian.
          But Russians by blood, shooting at civilians of Donbass, sitting in the headquarters of the Ukrainian anti-terrorist operation, developing the capture of Donetsk and Lugansk, reprisals against Russian people, prohibiting the Russian language, is it Russian?
          1. Tatyana
            Tatyana 9 November 2015 07: 48
            Quote from the article
            In the summer of 1944, block No. 20 appeared in Mauthausen, For Russians.
            With the exception of 5-6 Yugoslavs and several Poles (participants in the Warsaw uprising), all prisoners of the "death bloc" were Soviet prisoners of war officerssent here from other camps.
            Since we are talking about SOVIET prisoners of war officers, it is unlikely that all prisoners were ethnically only purely Russian. Most likely, there were an absolute majority of Russians. The rest were Russian in spirit.
            Therefore ALL OF OUR Soviet Heroes GLORY!
            Light memory to them!
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          3. Alexey-74
            Alexey-74 9 November 2015 09: 24
            unfortunately in spirit they ceased to be Russian .... maybe temporarily, I don’t know, but there were Judas at all times. History and time will put everything in its place.
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      3. Alexey-74
        Alexey-74 9 November 2015 09: 22
        Great Russia rallied around itself a large number of nationalities ..... and the concept of Russian has become a state of mind for everyone who relates themselves to the Russian world !!!
      4. Secta haki
        Secta haki 9 November 2015 10: 17
        By blood and spirit, like any nationality. There are Russian Germans (Russified), just Bashkirs, just Kalmyks (not Russified). But these are not Russians.
        And any of them will not understand (German will correct) and will be offended if they call him Russian, forgetting about his own nationality. The situation is different, only those who do not have their own nationality.
        The phrase "rootless cosmopolitan" did not just come from ...
      5. Sasha 19871987
        Sasha 19871987 9 November 2015 10: 30
        one hundred percent agree with the title of the article !!! I am RUSSIAN, not Russian, namely RUSSIAN !!!
    2. kodxnumx
      kodxnumx 9 November 2015 08: 51
      The times were 90s, and therefore apparently didn’t show, because in Russia everyone should have forgotten that the Russian people are the people of victory! I think now they should show and start and should not be.
    3. _Lexa_
      _Lexa_ 9 November 2015 10: 45
      I am proud that I am RUSSIAN, proud of my MOTHERLAND, proud of my president!
      1. Amurets
        Amurets 9 November 2015 12: 47
        Quote: _Lexa_
        I am proud that I am RUSSIAN, proud of my MOTHERLAND, proud of my president!

        If my regiment really came from the 4th Imperial Airborne Mobile Battery of the Russian Imperial Army, then my regiment turned 100 years old this year. When we came to the unit we had a conversation on the history of the regiment’s Komsomol unit and he showed an order to reform the battery. I don’t remember the exact formulations but in 1927 the newly formed division was relocated to the Far East. Here I am proud of my regiment. Despite all the reforms, he is alive.
  2. socol562
    socol562 9 November 2015 06: 15
    I am also proud that I am RUSSIAN!
  3. Just BB
    Just BB 9 November 2015 06: 45
    Many people ask the question: "Why is" Russian "a kind of adjective?"
    And I think that this is only half a sentence - "RUSSIAN MAN"
    And man"it sounds proud!"(not i said) + Russian
  4. My address
    My address 9 November 2015 06: 46
    As the greatest feeling - LOVE - emerged from ordinary attraction and affection, so the greatest commonality - RUSSIANNESS - emerged from a mixture of geography, times and peoples.
    Truly, absolutely right, Alexander Suvorov. What happiness to be Russian!
  5. builder
    builder 9 November 2015 06: 59
    I liked the poems very much:
  6. Yak-3P
    Yak-3P 9 November 2015 07: 01
    I watched this movie - really "movie" ... more and more about the family .. their chewing .. their feelings .. about our little .. came such syakie all framed, etc. I think it was all a little tougher and simpler (only my opinion) .. I can imagine just being in 95 (I was in the City and knew my mother) a fugitive Czech came to my Mom ...
    1. w3554152
      w3554152 9 November 2015 09: 02
      Quote: Yak-3P
      I watched this movie - really "movie" ... more and more about the family .. their chewing .. their feelings .. about our little .. came such syakie all framed, etc. I think it was all a little tougher and simpler (only my opinion) .. I can imagine just being in 95 (I was in the City and knew my mother) a fugitive Czech came to my Mom ...

      For blatant illiteracy, a fat minus. It’s impossible to treat the Great Russian language like that.
  7. Yak-3P
    Yak-3P 9 November 2015 07: 03
    and maybe MOGA regretted it
  8. Scud
    Scud 9 November 2015 09: 02
    Russia, having Slavic roots, the Orthodox religion, which has experienced incomparable hardships, is the only country in the world that has on its shoulders hope for peace, justice, and equality for all states.
  9. w3554152
    w3554152 9 November 2015 09: 06
    To the south, to the west, to the east
    We will show our northern burrows.
    "We are Russians! What a delight! ”-
    Screaming from the past Suvorov.
    A sword sings over Kulikov.
    Over the Borodino nucleus fistula.
    We are Russians! What a flight!
    They are looking for us in vain.
    From shreds of vests, shirts
    Let the world make a new one for itself.
    We are Russians! What a swing!
    Cast support of a sword and a word.
    Soldier's kitchens pedestal.
    Navara factory canteen.
    We are Russians! Siberia ... Ural ...
    And further non-stop.
    We are on the steps of eras
    To the roar of revolutions hung.
    We are Russians! And God sees
    That we, like him, are without a second thought.
    And we will not be missing
    At our shoulders a grave hill is narrow to us,
    But they managed to steal from us
    One century in the word "Russian".
    And the enamel is brought down by time
    With teeth that bit my lips.
    And yet, how far
    In the Slavic name of Russia.

    Leonid Kornilov
  10. Million
    Million 9 November 2015 09: 30
    I wish the column was returned to the passport ...
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  12. Turkir
    Turkir 9 November 2015 10: 21
    Interesting information is contained in the article. Thank.
  13. Zomanus
    Zomanus 9 November 2015 13: 26
    It’s just that Russians live in those conditions where others survive.
    Our climatic conditions are as follows,
    that we are simply forced to unite, otherwise we will die.
    Now this unifying trait is partially suppressed
    brought to us by the western way of life.
    But when hard times come
    once again putting us on the brink of survival,
    we unite again for the sake of victory and further life.
    Because in our case, defeat means erasing the Russians from the map, and then from history.
    In 90's it almost happened, but hard times came and we again united and began to survive.
    It goes without saying that communities and tribes can survive.
    For the survival of the country you need a leader who will unite and direct
    general efforts towards the survival and victory of the state.
    And if the Russian goal is clear, that he would understand
    for what he must work and die, then figs who will turn him astray.
  14. Reptiloid
    Reptiloid 9 November 2015 14: 34
    I am proud that I am RUSSIAN. I am proud that my country defeated fascism in the Second World War. Very good, correct article. People of Donbass are fighting against fascism. Today. Now. I adore courage, the strength of the brave Donbass !!!
  15. pazuhinm
    pazuhinm 9 November 2015 23: 06
    I watched this movie. True, it has not been translated into Russian, but it does not matter. Although important. The Germans watched it, but not in Russia ... This is the story.

    here is a movie with subtitles.
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