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Michael van der Galien

A Memorial to the Victims of Communism

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Posted on March 18 2010 7:30 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Today, FrontPage Magazine published a must read article written by Barbara Kay.

The subject of the piece is FPM’s managing editor Jamie Glazov’s father, Yuri. Yuri Glazov was an outspoken critic of the Soviet regime. After signing the infamous “letter of the twelve,” the regime had enough and declared war on him. They trumped up some drugs related charges and prepared to send him to the Gulag.

Realizing his life was on the line, he told his family to pack their bags. They fled to Canada. Here, Yuri continued to and expose and fight communism and its many evils.

Living in the West and working for one of Canada’s major universities, Yuri quickly discovered that most Westerners had no idea what was happening. He dedicated his life to changing that.

Without him, most of his fellow academics (most of whom were leftists, of course), would have continued doing what they had been doing for decades: wipe the crimes committed by the Soviets under the rug. If it were not for the Yuri Glazovs of this world, there would not have been Westerners today with knowledge and understanding of the truly evil nature of communism.

Having said that, there’s still much work to do in this regard. Kay notes that:

Prospects for educating Canadians about the human toll exacted by communism through their stories will brighten when a long-sought Ottawa Memorial to the Victims of Totalitarian Communism is completed, a project singled out for endorsement in the recent Throne Speech.

This memorial is needed because Westerners need to understand just how dangerous communism is. We all know that Nazism was evil, but most of us have no idea that communism isn’t much, if any, better.

In related news, the Yuri Glazov Memorial Award is in danger of being shut down. This award is meant to reward those who fight for freedom (and democracy). It goes without saying that we should do everything in our power to make sure that this will not happen. If you can, please donate.

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