Saturday, January 26, 2008

Opening Post

I chose the name Rudi Stettner in honour of my great uncle Rudolf, who was a German Jewish journalist murdered by the Nazis. He was born in Stettin, which was then German but is now Polish. To me he was always a saint, larger than life, since he was willing to risk his life to seek and speak the truth.
I a middle aged married orthodox Jew living in Crown Heights , Brooklyn. I want to speak my heart about living right and surviving in the city. A pen name gives me the cover necessary to venture my honest feelings and observations. If you were my neighbour, I might be reserved in sharing stories from my life, but on a bus ride to Boston,for example, I might be more candid. This blog is my seat on the Greyhound bus, with the reflections on the window competing with the outside view. You are welcome to sit beside me and share some views, or change your seat for some solitude. Sphere: Related Content

3 comments:

OneLivingLife said...

Hey,

Thanks for the introduction. I enjoy the imagery that comes to mind as I read what you write.

Keep it coming

DFL

Anonymous said...

It was on Jan. 27, 1945that the Soviet Red Army liberated Auschwitz.

Rudi Stettner said...

I thank you for reminding me of the January 27 Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. Those who were liberated and those who
freed them must never be forgotten. The tattoos are fading and the arms that bear the numbers tremble with the infirmities of the elderly. Those survivors who remain among us deserve our love and reverence
It is hard for an American to apprecite the trauma to a nation of having a bloody war fought on its own soil. One of every nine Soviet citizens fell during WW2 to starvation, extermination(Jews) or enemy fire. It should never be forgotten that the bloodshed on Soviet soil is as much because of Stalin's stupidity and paranoia as from Nazi brutality. From 1939 to 1941 Germany and the USSR were allies, and Stalin may his name be erased refused to deploy Soviet troops in even a defensive mode. He dismissed sound military advice and killed some of his best generals. That being said, the Jews were terribly alone during WW2. The USSR had its own agenda. Nevertheless, the sacrifices of its army and people deserve our respect