Each date is essential in an uncounted story, and each piece of information is a guide to the unknown, which is related to algebraic infinity. There is no room for controversy with the Syrian-Swiss doctor Tammam Aloudat, who says we need the popular story of the crown virus. To this end, he founded a group of the same name on Facebook with more than 1000 members. The advantage of Aloudat is its insider activity for Doctors Without Borders and the International Red Cross/Red Crescent. He is accustomed to working among people living in emerging markets who are facing serious problems. In an interview with Dan Drolette Jr., Associate Editor of the Journal of Atomic Scientists Bulletin, he said that the popular history of the coronavirus may not be typical of the world. It is in the nature of things that this group consists of people connected to the digital world. And although this is undoubtedly a very diverse group, there is also no doubt that this group is strongly focused on rich countries – for example, people who have a computer or a smartphone and a reliable connection to the Internet and can afford it all. And most people in this group can afford to live in an apartment and can also afford to live in seclusion for some time. So he’s kind of inclined to go that way.

There is an urgent need for an oral historical narrative, just as Covid-19 is the first global pandemic to be exhaustively documented in social networks that collect both valuable information and misinformation. Social media researcher Raymond Serrato found at least 208 public groups with a total of 6.5 million people on Covida-19. Or more.

The group’s positions vary from political to very personal. Kelly Groth (53) from Massachusetts asks for ideas on how to effectively mobilize protest during a blockade, as well as art, songs and cartoons, and offers online chats to avoid the loneliness associated with isolation. Others shared their fears, anxieties, worries and moments of joy.

The books of Yuval Noah Harari.

In an interview with the UNESCO Courier on 25. On 8 May, International Biodiversity Day, Israeli historian Yuval Noa Harari, author of Sapiens, Homo deus and 21 Lessons of the 21st Century, spoke about the importance of biodiversity for the future of the world. It’s about turning the crisis into an opportunity. In a crisis, a certain social distance is inevitable. The virus spreads using our best human instincts. We’re social animals. We love the contact, especially in difficult times. And when family members, friends or neighbors are sick, we show our compassion and want to come and help them. The virus is using it against us. That’s how it spreads. That is why we must act not with the heart but with the head and, despite the difficulties, reduce the degree of contact. Although the virus is an insignificant part of the genetic information, we humans are right, we can rationally analyze the situation and vary our behavior.

In the face of this fragmented reality, whether one is imprisoned or not, the history of the people must be written entirely about the millions of people who seem to have been thrown into a eugenic experience. Fortunately, we have a model strongly suggested by Aludat: the work of Svetlana Alexeyevich, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015. In their books is a tender face of war: Women’s Oral History of the Second World War (1985, trans. 2017), Zinky Boys : Soviet voices from the war in Afghanistan (1990, Trans. 1992) and Present Witnesses: Oral history of the children of the Great Patriotic War (1985, trans. 2019).

The first is a series of consecutive interviews with hundreds of the more than one million Soviet women who went to the front during the Second World War. There were nurses, doctors, medical assistants, pilots, tank drivers, machine guns and snipers. Now these women surprise themselves. Alexejewitsch exposed the lack of freedom of women under the power of men and revealed the totalitarian face of 20th century socialism. This is in contrast to the Marxist ideal. We didn’t talk like fish. We never admitted to anyone that we were on the front line. We kept in touch, we wrote letters. Later they began to honor us, 30 years later… …to invite us to meetings… But when we were hiding, we weren’t even wearing our medals. The men wore them, but the women didn’t. The men were the victors, the heroes, the gunmen, the war was theirs, but they looked at us with very different eyes, said a former commander of the anti-aircraft artillery. Alekshevich met them consecutively for seven years (1978-1985). Eventually the book was written during the perestroika under Mikhail Gorbachev. Written in Russian, two million copies were sold in one week.

Svetlana Alexeyevich, Nobel laureate.
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The same pattern can be seen in the Zinky Boys: Soviet voices from the war in Afghanistan (1990, Trans. 1992) with hundreds of interviews of those who lost their sons in Afghanistan. A story, a listener gifted with a phenomenal sense of rhythm and repetition becomes human, becomes like the ordinary life I have met extraordinary storytellers. There are sides to their lives that can compete with the best sides of the classics. Man sees himself so clearly from above, from heaven and from below, from earth. For her, from angel to beast, there is a whole path that goes up and down. Remembering is not a passionate or unbiased paraphrase of a reality that is no longer something great, but a rebirth of the past when time moves in the opposite direction. First of all it’s creativity, – writes Alekseyevich.

As a method of writing history, historians are subdivided into oral history. Marxist Eric Hobsbawm was one of those who considered him an agistocrat. So what’s the problem? Historians like Alistair Thomson have explored the potential of oral history.

That’s why attempts like Tammam Aloudat’s to capture the popular history of the coronavirus on Facebook are interesting. It is a bulwark against forgetting, against erasing memories and therefore against the lessons learned during this difficult period.

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