YNET news' Sever Plocker: brief Jewish article on the Bolshevik purges

Zenaan Harkness zen at freedbms.net
Thu Feb 15 22:37:46 PST 2018

This is short and sweet, and politically correct since it's authored
by an Israeli Jewish historian columnist, and it's from 2006.

The link has a few accompanying images, bringing a little more
vividity to the article.


Jews Dominated the Bloody Terror Apparatus of Stalin's USSR

"Many Jews sold their soul to the devil of the Communist revolution
and have blood on their hands for eternity"
Sever Plocker Feb 13, 2018

This is an article from 2006 written by a Jewish author in one of
Israel's largest online news sites, Ynet. It calls for Jews to
recognize their guilt in one of history's bloodiest crimes. It's
original title was "Stalin's Jews"

  Here's a particularly forlorn historical date: Almost 90 years ago,
  between the 19th and 20th of December 1917, in the midst of the
  Bolshevik revolution and civil war, Lenin signed a decree calling
  for the establishment of The All-Russian Extraordinary Commission
  for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage, also known as Cheka.

  Within a short period of time, Cheka became the largest and
  cruelest state security organization. Its organizational structure
  was changed every few years, as were its names: From Cheka to GPU,
  later to NKVD, and later to KGB.

  We cannot know with certainty the number of deaths Cheka was
  responsible for in its various manifestations, but the number is
  surely at least 20 million, including victims of the forced
  collectivization, the hunger, large purges, expulsions,
  banishments, executions, and mass death at Gulags.

  Whole population strata were eliminated: Independent farmers,
  ethnic minorities, members of the bourgeoisie, senior officers,
  intellectuals, artists, labor movement activists, "opposition
  members" who were defined completely randomly, and countless
  members of the Communist party itself.

  In his new, highly praised book "The War of the World, "Historian
  Niall Ferguson writes that no revolution in the history of mankind
  devoured its children with the same unrestrained appetite as did
  the Soviet revolution. In his book on the Stalinist purges, Tel
  Aviv University's Dr. Igal Halfin writes that Stalinist violence
  was unique in that it was directed internally.

  Lenin, Stalin, and their successors could not have carried out
  their deeds without wide-scale cooperation of disciplined "terror
  officials," cruel interrogators, snitches, executioners, guards,
  judges, perverts, and many bleeding hearts who were members of the
  progressive Western Left and were deceived by the Soviet regime of
  horror and even provided it with a kosher certificate.

  All these things are well-known to some extent or another, even
  though the former Soviet Union's archives have not yet been fully

  to the public. But who knows about this? Within Russia itself, very
  few people have been brought to justice for their crimes in the
  NKVD's and KGB's service. The Russian public discourse today
  completely ignores the question of "How could it have happened to
  us?" As opposed to Eastern European nations, the Russians did not
  settle the score with their Stalinist past.

  And us, the Jews? An Israeli student finishes high school without
  ever hearing the name "Genrikh Yagoda," the greatest Jewish
  murderer of the 20th Century, the GPU's deputy commander and the
  founder and commander of the NKVD. Yagoda diligently implemented
  Stalin's collectivization orders and is responsible for the deaths
  of at least 10 million people. His Jewish deputies established and
  managed the Gulag system. After Stalin no longer viewed him
  favorably, Yagoda was demoted and executed, and was replaced as
  chief hangman in 1936 by Yezhov, the "bloodthirsty dwarf."

  Yezhov was not Jewish but was blessed with an active Jewish wife.
  In his Book "Stalin: Court of the Red Star", Jewish historian Sebag
  Montefiore writes that during the darkest period of terror, when
  the Communist killing machine worked in full force, Stalin was
  surrounded by beautiful, young Jewish women.

  Stalin's close associates and loyalists included member of the
  Central Committee and Politburo Lazar Kaganovich. Montefiore
  characterizes him as the "first Stalinist" and adds that those
  starving to death in Ukraine, an unparalleled tragedy in the
  history of human kind aside from the Nazi horrors and Mao's terror
  in China, did not move Kaganovich.

  Many Jews sold their soul to the devil of the Communist revolution
  and have blood on their hands for eternity. We'll mention just one
  more: Leonid Reichman, head of the NKVD's special department and
  the organization's chief interrogator, who was a particularly cruel

  In 1934, according to published statistics, 38.5 percent of those
  holding the most senior posts in the Soviet security apparatuses
  were of Jewish origin. They too, of course, were gradually
  eliminated in the next purges. In a fascinating lecture at a Tel
  Aviv University convention this week, Dr. Halfin described the
  waves of soviet terror as a "carnival of mass murder," "fantasy of
  purges", and "essianism of evil." Turns out that Jews too, when
  they become captivated by messianic ideology, can become great
  murderers, among the greatest known by modern history.

  The Jews active in official communist terror apparatuses (In the
  Soviet Union and abroad) and who at times led them, did not do
  this, obviously, as Jews, but rather, as Stalinists, communists,
  and "Soviet people." Therefore, we find it easy to ignore their
  origin and "play dumb": What do we have to do with them? But let's
  not forget them. My own view is different. I find it unacceptable
  that a person will be considered a member of the Jewish people when
  he does great things, but not considered part of our people when he
  does amazingly despicable things.

  Even if we deny it, we cannot escape the Jewishness of "our
  hangmen," who served the Red Terror with loyalty and dedication
  from its establishment. After all, others will always remind us of
  their origin.

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