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New Management by SimonLMoore New Management by SimonLMoore
1945, a Soviet NKVD operative guards the gates to the former Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp, immediately taken into Soviet service post war as NKVD special camp number 2.

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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew somebody who was taken to Sachsenhausen in late 1944 (He was a chemical worker and when Romania joined the Allies, on August 23, he was in Germany undergoing training at the AG Farben plant where they promptly arrested him under charges of "sabotage" ) and survived, only to be re-arrested by the Soviets after the camp's liberation and thrown back in a mere two month later due to his noted anti-communist views.
He said that conditions under the Russians were far worse, with severe overcrowding and far smaller rations. He eventually gained his freedom in 1950, only to be labelled as a "class enemy" back in Romania and lived his life under close scrutiny from the "Securitate" (Romanian Secret Police during communism) until the Revolution of 1989.

He died in 2004.
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
15 years of freedom...truly a sad story.
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
And unfortunately he was just one out of thousands, maybe millions in similar situations.
Makes you really love the world we're living in, doesn't it?
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It stirs me to know that despite many people's points of view the world was not fine and dandy after fighting two huge world wars, supposedly for the sake of freedom.
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The world isn't fine and dandy now either and there is no reason to believe it will ever be...
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Broken society but I don't believe in revolution, I can't think of a better, practicable system.
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, the only viable solution I see is slow progress through education towards a more civilised population...(see Finland for example)

I don't think there will be any major breakthroughs during our lifetime though...
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MarkSYNTHESIS Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
A very poignant message, one that deserves being remembered. "Old boss, same as the new boss" is very often true (and not just limited to any one country either).
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite so, glad Dave and I managed to capture that message.
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MarkSYNTHESIS Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Glad I got the message right. Sometimes I miss the forest for the trees.
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahah, excellent phrase, I'll have to remember that!
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MarkSYNTHESIS Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Heh, not really relevant either, I admit. Though really, a better phrase might be, "New boss, same as the old boss, but with new prisoners." An ironic outcome for the Nazis who were arrested and kept in the camps (of their own creation), but an incredibly unfortunate one to those who were arbitrarily arrested due to mistaken identity or being "political enemies". Still, after such a brutal war, it's not that surprising, unfortunately.
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well what saddens me is the huge number of Soviet prisoners of war who were in turn incarcerated by their own side due to being 'political enemies' in the eyes of Stalin.
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MarkSYNTHESIS Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Oh, you'd get no disagreement from me--it was incredibly unfair to them (though contrary to the popular image, not _all_ of them were considered "guilty"--many were welcomed as heroes and made up the new military elite during and after Stalin's time). Too many were blamed unfairly by far.

It was an unfortunate result of the nature of the war, and the tendency of captives taken by the German Army to either be annihilate in camps or shot on sight (as with the "Commissar Order"). Those who survived that horror were looked at with suspicion. Combined that with the huge number of actual collaborators--such as the volunteered White Army/Russian Liberation Armies--and you have an atmosphere of paranoia and suspicion.
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HistoryKaiser Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Snazzy gymnasterka! :3
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
It's times like this I miss Deviants like you! Glad you like the Lineart!
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WestytheTraveler Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Good old Soviets with their submachine gun and large population...
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And gulags.
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WestytheTraveler Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
I have no love for the Soviets during the war. Then again, I have no love for the Germans either. My family lived in the East, stuck in the German camps for most of the war. Were liberated in late 1944 and then got the hell out of Dodge to the American sectors post war.
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, not even the lesser of two evils both were as bad as each other but at the time the Germans were deemed the greater threat.
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AlexeiKazansky Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
He must've just arrived. His clothes are much too clean. :meow:
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course, he's NKVD.
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briantk2003 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Two side of the same coin as some would say.
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you follow the two political extremes you tend to find you circle back in to the same point.
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briantk2003 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Indeed.
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Lineart can be seen here: [link]
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