Friday, May 08, 2020


I guess I should say Happy VE day but it is an odd celebration and begs the question why?
I can see that commemorating the efforts, the trials and hardships of all who participated and fought against the Nazi's is worth this but...

The war ended formally on the 8th May after a variety of separate surrenders throughout Europe but fighting continued, particularly in Czechoslovakia and in the Baltic states, Poland and Ukraine fighting continued between the Soviet Union and various nationalist groups who didn't want Stalin's tyranny to replace Hitler's tyranny. There are a couple of books I recommend:

'Savage Continent: Europe in the aftermath of WW2' by Keith Lowe. It makes for depressing reading and yet I think essential because people don't consider what was required to clear up the physical mess and damage but, also the enduring emotional and social legacies of the war. 

'The End: Germany, 1944 - 45' by Ian Kershaw also offers a good insight as to why the war ended when it did and the increasing horrors of the death throes of the Nazi regime but also why the Germans continued to fight until the bitter end. 

Inevitably there is also the question of the war against Japan which continued until September 1945 yet always played second fiddle from the British perspective to the war against Germany. Why not commemorate the ending of the war in it's entirety this coming September? Interestingly, the British used Japanese troops to put down nationalist uprisings in Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) late 1945 -46.  The former enemy worked alongside British troops to control the islands. 

I used a picture of a Polish aircraft because they were the first to fight and they were betrayed by all sides post WW2 in the realpolitik of Soviet and allied occupation of Germany and Europe. The war might have ended but for many it continued in other forms and with other enemies whose behaviour and rule differed little from that of the Nazi's. 

BW raised an interesting point about 'Post-viral syndromes' when this mess is over. From discussions at work we believe we will be inundated. When the 'primary' service which offers CBT for the less severe cases can't cope they have a tendency to refer our way. Despite having fewer staff and working with the severe and enduring cases we do get dumped on a lot. The primary service earns a profit whereas we don't. Schizophrenia has never been a money earner unless you are a Hollywood actor portraying it in a movie, often very badly. I hope we don't as we can barely cope most of the time so the next couple of years could be very interesting. Post virus, the immediate impact of the lockdown itself, fear and anxiety possibly likely and there is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which inevitably gets sent our way by GP's who believe it is all in the mind. But more likely is the potential for loss of work, money, home, relationships, alcoholism, domestic violence , etc... which might also increase the need for MH provision to address the various issues that arise. Realistically, we have no idea as to what will happen next and this is the latest chapter of the daily drama called Living in Interesting Times.

TTFN.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Blue Witch said...

There might, of course, be so many cases that there is some proper funding for proper research into post viral syndromes - and they might suddenly wake up to the fact that they are actually neurological and physiological and not psychological. And that they damage the very way in which cells work. Hence why CBT doesn't work, or works only superficially on by-product problems.

Oh look, there's a pig in the sky passing by...

10:28 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

Sadly true. I have worked with a few people with ME and it astonishes me how closed minded the doctors are. Even the supposedly progressive ones but they generally don't like cases they have no answers for.

1:53 pm  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

"they generally don't like cases they have no answers for."

Spot on. And I'd forgotten this. Thank you.

7:56 am  

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