Happy Father’s Day
Dave Killion — June 19, 2011
“(My) father’s loathing of communism, with its ruthless trampling of individual freedom, thought and conscience in the name of “the collective” and the state, became a lifelong conviction.
It was a conviction he passed on to me. When I came home from school at the age of 7 and started talking about how lucky I was to live in the Soviet Union rather than under the capitalist yoke, my father decided to take matters into his own hands. Plenty of educated Russians in the 1970s were closet dissidents, but not many of them spoke frankly about politics in front of their children. My mother would often remind me to be discreet at school, and I would earnestly answer, “I know — or Daddy will go to jail.”
Would that all fathers passed on to their children such decent and humane values.
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