Jamala, the winner of last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, represents Ukraine at the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm with the song 1944:
But, on the video below we can see Jamala performing Bizim Qirim (Crimea is ours) at Kiev concert hall the 18th of May, 2015. The same song wins Eurovision one year later. Taking in mind the EBU rules and the political message of this song as well, Ukraine shouldn’t be allowed to contest with this song.
Last year’s Ukrainian entry ‘1944’ caused a debate whether the song is political due to the reference to the Tatar deportation by Stalin. What Europeans probably didn’t get is that Tatar’s were deported by Stalin because they were Nazi collaborators during the 2nd World War.
Jamala’s song, 1944, mourns the hardship suffered by Crimean Tatar Muslims who were deported in the thousands by Stalin to Central Asia. The image left by Jamala is of barbarian cruelty by the Soviet dictator against innocent Tatars. However, in order to give a more historically accurate picture, the Tatars of Crimea during that war were hardly innocent civilians. Tens of thousands of them had been organized on orders from Hitler into Crimean Tatar SS brigades.
The issue at hand is not whether Stalin reacted to the Tatar situation in 1944 with brutality. Even the Soviet Union acknowledged that was so after Stalin’s death. What the current media scrupulously ignores is what was the historical reality in 1944 that the song of the 32-year-old Crimean Tatar Jamala leaves out.
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