All lives matter ... some deaths just get more media coverage. Some ethnic groups clearly are more vocal than others. Belarusians do not like to talk about their plight. They don't talk much about their losses during WWII or the consequences of Chernobyl. They are the quiet sufferers. You are never going to get exact numbers of how many ethnic Belarusians died during WWII, but 2 million is a safe estimate (this is after you subtract about 750,000 ethnic Jewish casualties on the territory of Belarus). From the point of view of percentile demographics, this was an absolute catastrophe. Today, while researching my latest novel, I stumbled across this picture of a bunch of teenage factory workers in Nazi-occupied Minsk being prepared for execution for aiding the resistance movement. This was one of the first public executions. My hope for 2017 is that as we talk more about "global awareness", we take a more inclusive approach and look at EVERY ethnic group, even the quiet and underrepresented ones.
Have a nice day!
- Deplorably yours,