As a typical American, my take on WWII was that basically, America won it. The Good War that defeated the specter of fascism arising in Italy, Germany and Japan. My dad and mom both served in that war.
I had to find out on my own that Russia bore the brunt of the war against Hitler and turned back his mighty war machine at the epic battle of Stalingrad-pushing all the way back to Berlin, where Hitler committed suicide and Germany surrendered. All the nations involved deserve honor for their part, but it is shameful to ignore the Russian’s massive sacrifice.
Since we are in the midst of Cold War 2.0 against Russia, the media are blacking out Russia’s 70th Anniversary celebration, the Victory Day Parade. No leaders of major western nations accepted the invitation and those who were inclined to do so were pressured by the US to not attend. The only news mention in the US I’ve seen is a sidebar stating that Putin said something negative about the US in his speech.
Can history be buried? Will it not rise again? Can history be re-written? Will we fall for that? Can we not honor fallen soldiers, our own allies, or must we constantly be playing these silly deceptive games? Can we not see Russians as fellow human beings, not cardboard cutout enemies?