February 21, 2016, two years and one day after the occupation of Crimea by Russia, Ukraine again had to fight for the Crimea. Not the army, and civil society.
National selection on competition «Eurovision 2016» were not only the choice of the artist who will represent Ukraine in Sweden. It is an event that says far more than sociology with all its digits. Ukraine in the person of its nationals clearly outlined its position: Crimea is Ukraine. Crimea is Crimean Tatar Ukraine.
The song «1944,» which Jamal wrote last year, talks about the most tragic page in the history of the Crimean Tatars. The deportation of 1944 Crimean Tatar famine. It’s the pain that Ukrainians were able to divide giving their votes.
Almost every day in the media there are news about another repression of indigenous people in annexed Crimea. Searches, interrogations, political courts, pressure and blackmail, imprisonment, new criminal cases, missing persons, attempts to prohibit agencies of the national government of the Crimean Tatars. In his song «1944» Jamal sings: «Strangers come to your house. They kill all and say not guilty.» So a ban on my Homeland.
Under these circumstances, the support and solidarity have become the greatest value for krymskotatarskogo people. For Crimea, which could not vote in the Ukrainian selection Eurovision song contest, the victory of the heroic figures became the biggest proof of civil Union. During the voting every Ukrainian has become the Crimean Tatar. After every Crimean Tatar was Ukrainian.
And it’s not magic, but Jamal is not a fairy with a magic wand hovering in the sky «for world peace». She is the symbol of the nonviolent struggle of the Crimean Tatars for their rights. She is a symbol of the future of Crimea.
Let Sweden will bring Ukraine the victory, and the Crimean Tatars — the opportunity to reclaim her home. As soon as possible. Sure it will be a new milestone in the history of the Crimean Tatar Crimea as part of Ukraine. Milestone that Jamal has called «Dodoma Road», writes Emine jeppar in the article «Crimea will be back. Which means the victory of the heroic figures» in the edition «New time».
Voice of Ukraine at «Eurovision» will be Jamala is a Ukrainian singer of Crimean Tatar origin. She’s lucky to Stockholm a song about deportation — the same one that happened on may 18, 1944. After nine days after the liberation of the Peninsula from the troops of the Wehrmacht Crimean Tatars were loaded into the van and sent to Central Asia. Formally modern Russia considers the deportation a crime. Unofficially prefers the subject to turn away. Because it destroys the main «spiritual scrape» of the Russian Federation. Which is the myth of the great Patriotic war.
Within this myth the deportation of the Crimean Tatars was «punishment for being a collaborator». And most of the texts who write in Russian about the event, not devoted to the tragedy of the people and not the topic of the «stolen homeland.» On the contrary — even after seven decades, the day the deportation is presented as a day of penance. But not repentance before the Crimean Tatars, but as the day of repentance for the Crimean Tatars.
The overall tone is simple: deportation, of course, a crime, but, they say, «own fault». Because not only fought in the red army, but also on the side of the Wehrmacht. And if the Crimean Tatars will be hard to repent, then we, so be it, forgive them and maybe even posochuvstvuete.
And such is the selective memory exists only for the Crimean Tatars. Because nobody in Russia at the time of laying flowers to the Eternal fire does not say that we must remember not only about the exploits of Russian soldiers, but also about Andrei Vlasova and ROA, on the 15th Cossack cavalry corps and the SS 29th Grenadier division. More than that: all the peoples of the Union are only perceived as winners, and only the Crimean Tatars for access to this festival are invited to go through face control through public repentance.
Crimean Tatars were the only exception to the Soviet myth of the war. In respect to other peoples there has been a tacit principle: the heroism of a declared collective norm and treachery and collaboration — individual deviations. And against Crimean Tatars, the opposite happened: their heroes are declared to be exceptions to this rule, but the rule declared by those who fought on the side of the Wehrmacht.
What’s more — the researchers highlight the idea that «the percentage of traitors» among the Crimean Tatars was higher than in other Nations. But everyone in Russia compares the number of Russians and Crimean Tatars who fought on various front lines, you forget one simple thing: collaboration is possible only in the occupied territory. In Tomsk or Vladivostok couldn’t be any policemen or security of the volunteer battalions — the Germans there didn’t reach, which means that the local population did not stand before such a choice. So fans calculate «coefficient of betrayal» should take as a basis the number of people living in the Wehrmacht-occupied territory. This will give a completely different aspect ratio.
But to prove all the supporters of the «Russian world» is absolutely meaningless. Because it is the tragedy of deportation prevents adherents of the Kremlin feel the victory in the war as an absolute feast. Because it negates all the pathos: it turns out that the liberation of the Peninsula from the Germans was not a triumph of justice. That release was followed by a tragedy. What Good is defeating Evil, itself committed the crime. And either we must admit that it was not very Good, or declare that it did not completely evil act. But the second option sounds easier and more attractive.
Because then you will not need any apologies to anyone. No need to question religious in its simplicity the chronology of events. Don’t have to reflect on the wisdom of the command and the party leadership. Not leaving from under the feet of the ground, standing on which the «Soviet man» prefers to look at the past, present and future.
While Jamal sings about the tragedy. About stolen home. The crime for which no one has repented. She sings about all the what in modern Russia it is accepted to be silent. And does it under the Ukrainian flag, reminding the whole world who actually belongs to the Peninsula.
And all this «Russian world» she never can forgive, writes Pavel Kazarin in the article «Jamal and the «Russian world». Why Russian officials are reared because of the song contest» in the publication «Focus».
In the national final musical producer of the project Konstantin Meladze commented on the speech Jamala: «once again we all are convinced that Jamal is an outstanding singer. To prove this to anyone makes no sense. Anxiety I only have one: today we saw your room, where the song is a story, setting is another story, and a costume with any of these stories are not linked. You find it hard to work in a team is your only weak spot. I want you to assemble a team that will do everything possible and impossible that your room was perfect.»
Meladze believes that Jamale need to do it their way: it should be bright and match the scale of her talent. «I believe that to conquer the European audience may self-Jamal — with his amazing vocals and originality. But I think the European audience will begin to understand the essence of the song only when it will take first or second place,» he said.
In this case the composer is confident that it can take a very high place, including the first.
Producer Vadim Lisitsa said that the contest «Eurovision» has always been distinguished unpredictability. «For Ukraine, now more than ever this big stage as a springboard to convey important messages to humanity. What place — does not matter. It is important to convey. If you went «Neangely» — could compete. While Jamal is out of time, out of the competition. It is with this song all over. Her performance flawlessly. I think that the primary voice! The voice of the soul! And the picture is not needed. It’s not a show. This story,» he says.
According to the producer, the theme song will definitely influence the result. And in different countries in different ways. Now in Europe the theme of refugees is very sharp. And it can affect both positively and negatively.
Jamala herself says in her song there is no political subtext. «Anyone who bothers to read the text, will be able to verify this. No one did not think to perceive the film «Schindler’s List» as a painting with political overtones?», — said the singer. Write about this Oksana Goncharuk, Julia Kazan in the article «Eurovision 2016″: a lot or a little chance at Jamala?» in the newspaper «KP in Ukraine».
February 25. Press review. «1944»: Ukraine carries on the Eurovision song about Crimea 25.02.2016