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March 5, 2013...So What?

I know i've been largely absent in these parts, but felt like I should share this. For those of you who don't know, Jon is my dad. And that's basically our story.
Today is March 5, 2013. By middle of the day, I couldn’t resist the temptation and asked my wife whether there was any significance in this date. She thought for a moment and then said that she could not remember anything, so she assumed that there was nothing worth remembering…
It all depends.
60 years ago today the Father of Peoples Joseph Stalin died.
I was 2 years old, so no recollection of the event. My mom told me that she was crying. Actually, the whole huge country was crying. People were scared. They were afraid that something very bad would be happening to them, to the country…
It is hard to understand how the People devastated by terror, were so loyal and devoted to the tyrant, but hey, don’t dogs lick the beating hand? And don't beaten children hug their abusers?
Did Stalin's death have anything to do with me?
It did. It did big time.
60 years ago like so many other Jews in the Soviet Union, ... more

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