I was tag surfing when I stumbled upon this blog entry and it made me recall a story my hubby told me that he saw and heard about as a kid. I think as Americans we understand little of the brutality of Communism, we only know of the USSR and that in Communist Russia everyone is the same.
Other countries were invaded by Russian influence and suffered greatly under their hand, this included Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic and Slovakia). I asked my hubby what it was like living in that kind of enviornment and either he blocked it out, honestly doesn’t remember, or doesn’t want to tell me, so I got very little info out of him.
He did share the story of the Mercedes man:
Apparently there was a man who was visiting West Germany and purchased a practically brand new Mercedes. He wasn’t a Communist official or anyone high ranking in the military, I’m guessing he was just a guy who had enough money to buy (lease?) a Mercedes. He was allowed in the country with it, but not without complete disregard.
The police followed him everywhere he went.. just waiting for him to make a mistake. One day he finally did, he forgot his turn signal as he was making a turn. The police pulled him over, confiscated the car, and threw him in jail. Hubby said he doesn’t know what happened to the guy after that.. how long he stayed in jail or any other details.
In the movie Kolya there’s a scene in a train station where Zdenek is calling out to little Kolya who has ran away. He yells “KOLYA!!!” and every one in the train station stops, looks at the man, and has a frozen expression on their face. I couldn’t understand this scene. What’s so important about this? Hubby then told me that during those times you never, never, never draw attention to yourself. You have to be a lemming. Driving a nice shiny Mercedes draws too much attention to oneself.