Seven million died in the 'forgotten' holocaust
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Seven million died in the 'forgotten' holocaust
By ERIC MARGOLIS -- Contributing Foreign Editor Toronto Sun
http://www.ukemonde.com/genocide/margolisholocaust.html

Five years ago, I wrote about the unknown Holocaust in Ukraine. I was shocked to receive a flood of mail from young Americans and Canadians of Ukrainian descent telling me that until they read my column, they knew nothing of the 1932-33 genocide in which Josef Stalin's Soviet regime murdered seven million Ukrainians and sent two million more to concentration camps.

How, I wondered, could such historical amnesia afflict so many? For Jews and Armenians, the genocides their people suffered are vivid, living memories that influence their daily lives. Yet today, on the 70th anniversary of the destruction of a quarter of Ukraine's population, this titanic crime has almost vanished into history's black hole.

So has the extermination of the Don Cossacks by the communists in the 1920s, the Volga Germans in 1941 and mass executions and deportations to concentration camps of Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians and Poles. At the end of World War II, Stalin's gulag held 5.5 million prisoners, 23% of them Ukrainians and 6% Baltic peoples.

Almost unknown is the genocide of two million of the USSR's Muslim peoples: Chechens, Ingush, Crimean Tatars, Tajiks, Bashkirs and Kazaks. The Chechen independence fighters who today are branded as "terrorists" by the U.S. and Russia are the grandchildren of survivors of Soviet concentration camps.

Add to this list of forgotten atrocities the murder in Eastern Europe from 1945-47 of at least two million ethnic Germans, mostly women and children, and the violent expulsion of 15 million more Germans, during which two million German girls and women were raped.

Among these monstrous crimes, Ukraine stands out as the worst in terms of numbers. Stalin declared war on his own people in 1932, sending Commissars V. Molotov and Lazar Kaganovitch and NKVD secret police chief Genrikh Yagoda to crush the resistance of Ukrainian farmers to forced collectivization.

Ukraine was sealed off. All food supplies and livestock were confiscated. NKVD death squads executed "anti-party elements." Furious that insufficient Ukrainians were being shot, Kaganovitch - virtually the Soviet Union's Adolf Eichmann - set a quota of 10,000 executions a week. Eighty percent of Ukrainian intellectuals were shot.

During the bitter winter of 1932-33, 25,000 Ukrainians per day were being shot or died of starvation and cold. Cannibalism became common. Ukraine, writes historian Robert Conquest, looked like a giant version of the future Bergen-Belsen death camp.

The mass murder of seven million Ukrainians, three million of them children, and deportation to the gulag of two million more (where most died) was hidden by Soviet propaganda. Pro-communist westerners, like The New York Times' Walter Duranty, British writers Sidney and Beatrice Webb and French Prime Minister Edouard Herriot, toured Ukraine, denied reports of genocide, and applauded what they called Soviet "agrarian reform." Those who spoke out against the genocide were branded "fascist agents."

The U.S., British, and Canadian governments, however, were well aware of the genocide, but closed their eyes, even blocking aid groups from going to Ukraine.

The only European leaders to raise a cry over Soviet industrialized murder were, ironically and for their own cynical and self-serving reasons, Hitler and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

Because Kaganovitch, Yagoda and some other senior Communist party and NKVD officials were Jewish, Hitler's absurd claim that communism was a Jewish plot to destroy Christian civilization became widely believed across a fearful Europe.

When war came, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British PM Winston Churchill allied themselves closely to Stalin, though they were well aware his regime had murdered at least 30 million people long before Hitler's extermination of Jews and gypsies began. Yet in the strange moral calculus of mass murder, only Germans were guilty.

Though Stalin murdered three times more people than Hitler, to Roosevelt he remained "Uncle Joe."

The British-U.S. alliance with Stalin made them his partners in crime. Roosevelt and Churchill helped preserve history's most murderous regime, to which they handed over half of Europe in 1945.

After the war, the left tried to cover up Soviet genocide. Jean-Paul Sartre denied the gulag even existed.

For the western Allies, Nazism was the only evil; they could not admit being allied to mass murderers. For the Soviets, promoting the Jewish Holocaust perpetuated anti-fascism and masked their own crimes.

The Jewish people, understandably, saw their Holocaust as a unique event. It was Israel's raison d'etre. Raising other genocides at that time would, they feared, diminish their own. This was only human nature.

While today, academia, the media and Hollywood rightly keep attention focused on the Jewish Holocaust, they mostly ignore Ukraine. We still hunt Nazi killers, but not communist killers. There are few photos of the Ukraine genocide or Stalin's gulag, and fewer living survivors. Dead men tell no tales.

Russia never prosecuted any of its mass murderers, as Germany did.

We know all about the crimes of Nazis Adolf Eichmann and Heinrich Himmler; about Babi Yar and Auschwitz.

But who remembers Soviet mass murderers Dzerzhinsky, Kaganovitch, Yagoda, Yezhov and Beria? Were it not for writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, we might never know of Soviet death camps like Magadan, Kolyma and Vorkuta. Movie after movie appears about Nazi evil, while the evil of the Soviet era vanishes from view or dissolves into nostalgia.

The souls of Stalin's millions of victims still cry out for justice.
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I think that it's good you brought this to light.  I think we should remember all the victims of Stalinism in our prayers in addition to all those millions murdered by the Nazis.

Although simplifying the history a bit, I think Margolis correctly states the reasons why the Ukrainian famines and other Soviet genocides have been forgotten.  The West liberated some of Hitler's concentration camps, so we got to see those.  The West didn't get to see the gulags.  Sure, our governments knew what was going on (and either ignored it because of World War II or they didn't wish to escalate the Cold War).
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Interestingly enough, I do know of this... thanks to Glenn Beck. He ran a documentary on Socialism and it's ilk when he was still on TV. I think it was on Fox News, but I could be wrong. I'll track down the name and get back to you.
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Got it! The documentary was called "The Revolutionary Holocaust: Live Free or Die." You could probably find it on Youtube.
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During the Holodomor, the only Western journalist allowed in the Ukraine was the New York Timesman, Walter Duranty, who was praised by Stalin for his 'truthful' reporting and was also a friend of the well known Satanist, Alistair Crowley.

When the records of the Holodomor began to be accessible in the West, the Canadian National Film Board and Stanford University collaborated on a documentary dealing with it. When it was finished, they presented it to ABC, NBC and CBS in the States and to the CBC in Canada. They all refused to air it. They then took it to PBS in the States. Same response.

At the time, William F. Buckley had a show on PBS called 'Firing Line'. He announced that he would air it and have a panel discussion following it. One of the panelists was Hedrick Smith who had been the Timesman in the USSR during the late 60s and early 70s. During the discussion, Buckley asked Smith if, knowing what had been revealed, The Times was willing to repudiate Duranty? Smith looked very uncomfortable, paused, and said, 'Well, I, personally repudiate him'. To this day, the NYT refuses to admit the truth. If you don't believe me, just google 'New York Times + Ukrainian Genocide'!
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(09-10-2011, 02:00 AM)tradne4163 Wrote: Got it! The documentary was called "The Revolutionary Holocaust: Live Free or Die." You could probably find it on Youtube.

Yeah here it is.


The amount of people killed by socialist governments in the 20th century is horrific.  Well over 100 million people.  Over 60 million by Soviet Russia alone.
http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE4.HTM

Even colonialism is way up there.
http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/20TH.HTM  
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Yeah Jovan

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And, BTW, the first memorial monument in the world to the 'Fogotten Holocaust' is in Edmonton, Alberta, by the City Hall on Sir Winston Churchill Square.

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My FIL escaped as a small child and emigrated with his parents to Canada.
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The germans ubder Hitler murdered 6 to 7 million people, the Russians under Stalin murdered 40 million....the Chinese in the "Cultural Revolution"....murdered 100 million people..what do all three have in common.....socialism of one sort or another....


A Prof that bj might have known used to like to break that one out in a couple of his classes...He was a Germanophile like Alaric without the bad parts....That is he used top say..."You know the crowd down at the Greyhound bus station?....That's the crowd that came to power in Germany in the 1930s"


so true
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(09-10-2011, 03:17 AM)Scipio_a Wrote: The germans ubder Hitler murdered 6 to 7 million people, the Russians under Stalin murdered 40 million....the Chinese in the "Cultural Revolution"....murdered 100 million people..what do all three have in common.....socialism of one sort or another....


A Prof that bj might have known used to like to break that one out in a couple of his classes...He was a Germanophile like Alaric without the bad parts....That is he used top say..."You know the crowd down at the Greyhound bus station?....That's the crowd that came to power in Germany in the 1930s"


so true

Let's not forget that they were also some of the first officially atheist states in history.

All this stuff really started with the Tricolore.
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