After seeing the photos (1, 2) of hate-infested Donetsk residents violently abusing a lady accused of being a “Ukrainian spy”, I could not help wishing that Donetsk might meet the same fate as Dogville. In the words of Brecht’s Jenny, “At noon, there will be stillness over the harbor when they ask me who should die. And I’ll hear myself reply, ‘Everybody!'”
This disgusting spectacle in Donetsk comes as a sequel to the parading of captured Ukrainian servicemen by the separatists last Sunday. The Donetsk show was supposed to mimic the 1944 German POW parade in Moscow. But the Germans were not marched with their hands bound behind the back. More importantly, the Soviet crowds were silent. Although the Nazis had caused enormous suffering (many of the onlookers had lost relatives in the war) and had badly mistreated Soviet POWs, there was no spitting or throwing stones at the German soldiers, and no mocking.
Some witnesses admitted that as they watched the dirty, sad, mistreated German boys drag their feet, they saw them as human beings for the first time.