The Anonymous Widower

In My Fathers Footsteps

This article on the BBC is entitled Hundreds Gather In Trafalgar Square To Protest Ukraine Invasion.

My father, who was born on the first of January in 1904, described himself as a left-wing Tory.

  • His great-great-grandfather had been a Jewish tailor, who possibly had been born in Konigsberg in East Prussia.
  • In his politically-active years before World War Two, he had been an opponent of both extremes of the political spectrum.
  • He had possibly been involved at the League of Nations in Geneva, which is something I aim to prove or disprove.
  • A couple of times he talked about the horrors of  the famines in Russia in 1931-33, but he never expanded on what he knew.
  • He was mixed up in the stopping of a member of the British Union of Fascists getting elected in the 1935 Norwood By-Election.
  • He was proud to have been at the Battle of Cable Street, when as he said, the whole of the East End, stopped Mosley and his blackshirts from marching through.

I heard him say a couple of times, that Stalin could have been worse than Hitler.

He would have approved that I went to the protest today, where I took these pictures.

It was all peaceful, as no supporters of Vlad the Mad turned up.

March 5, 2022 - Posted by | World | , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I would hope that supporters of Vlad the Bad (love the name by the way) would befall aware of what the ground might do to them if they did turn up.

    There was a big protest In Manchester City Centre as well, which I didnt go to, because crowds are awful when you are using a mobility scooter. The Ukraine Society in Stockport had a collection for things to go out there, in a local community centre. It was from 10.00 until 1.00. We arrived at 10.00 and the room they were using was already full of bags of stuff, they were starting to use the second room – I suspect by 1.00 they will have filled the big hall as well. And chatting as people do in places like that there were lovely stories. A lady whose grandchildren had chosen to spend their pocket money on things for the children in Ukraine was one of the things I heard a couple of times in the queue. And people asking the team running it if they needed another helper they would be happy to stay. A couple of Jewish families, breaking shabbat, and several muslim families – and there are many in that area.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | March 6, 2022 | Reply

    • There were several pro-Ukraine Russians in Trafalgar Square.

      Comment by AnonW | March 6, 2022 | Reply


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