The latest episode in the ongoing saga of Indiana Jones has upset leaders of Russia’s Communist Party who describe ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” as nothing more than cheap anti-Soviet propaganda which distorts history and should be banned in Russia. The film is set in 1957 where Indie confronts an evil KGB agent played by Cate Blanchett and they fight over a skull with mystic powers that can change the course of human destiny. Naturally, communists are the bad guys and Americans represent all that is good in the world.
Viktor Perov, a Communist Party member, bitterly commented:”What galls is how, together with America, we defeated Hitler, and how we sypmpathized wthen Bin Laden hit them. But, they go ahead and scare kids wtih communists. These people have no shame.” Sergei Malinkovich who heads the St. Petersburg Communist Party, is upset because young people “will go to the cinema and will be sure that in 1957, we made trouble for the United States and almost started a a nuclear war. Rubbish.”
Unfortunately, World War II, if it is taught, is taught poorly, and only represents the view of one nation about what happened. The youth of today are essentially ahistorical and have scant interest in anything other than what is currently operating and how it impacts their lives. I doubt if many young Americans have a clue about communists and as far as they are concerned, 1957 is some time shortly after the Middle Ages.