The History Society was addressed on Wednesday 30th January by three students, Flavia Munteanu from Moldova, Andrei Balalau from Romania, and Kateryna Karpenko from the Ukraine. They were invited to talk to their fellow English students about the histories of their respective countries since 1945.
It was not surprising that an hour was barely enough for the powerful message to pour out, in totally fluent English, how these countries had suffered in so many ways under communist regimes, not only physically, but psychologically and spiritually. The suffering on the grand scale of thousands and millions was brought home by references to individual family members’ experiences.
The meeting had been given the title ‘Stalin’s great grandchildren’,: how surprised the old dictator must be after sixty years in his atheist’s grave, at the passion of this younger generation for freedom.