As Britain's socialist government cleared the way for a gaudy show trial
of that Great Satan of
the left, Chile's Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the 65th anniversary of this century's bloodiest crime
was utterly ignored. Leftists now baying for Pinochet's head don't want to be reminded of the
In 1932, Soviet leader Josef Stalin unleashed genocide in Ukraine.
Stalin determined to force
Ukraine's millions of independent farmers - called kulaks - into collectivized Soviet agriculture,
and to crush Ukraine's growing spirit of nationalism. Faced by resistance to collectivization,
Stalin unleashed terror and dispatched 25,000 fanatical young party militants from Moscow -
earlier versions of Mao's Red Guards - to force 10 million Ukrainian peasants into collective
farms. Secret police units of OGPU began selective executions of recalcitrant farmers.
When Stalin's red guards failed to make a dent in this immense number,
OGPU was ordered
to begin mass executions. But there were simply not enough Chekists (secret police) to kill so
many people, so Stalin decided to replace bullets with a much cheaper medium of death -
mass starvation. All seed stocks, grain, silage and farm animals were confiscated from
Ukraine's farms. (Ethiopia's Communist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam used the same
method in the 1970s to force collectivization: the resulting famine cased one million deaths.)
OGPU agents and Red Army troops sealed all roads and rail lines. Nothing came in or out of
Ukraine. Farms were searched and looted of food and fuel. Ukrainians quickly began to die of
hunger, cold and sickness.
When OGPU failed to meet weekly execution quotas, Stalin sent henchman
Kaganovitch to destroy Ukrainian resistance. Kaganovitch, the Soviet Eichmann, made quota,
shooting 10,000 Ukrainians weekly. Eighty percent of all Ukrainian intellectuals were
executed. A Ukrainian party member named Nikita Khruschchev helped supervise the
During the bitter winter of 1932-33, mass starvation created by Kaganovitch
and OGPU hit
full force. Ukrainians ate their pets, boots and belts, plus bark and roots.
The precise number of Ukrainians murdered by Stalin's custom-made famine
and Cheka firing
squads remains unknown to this day. The KGB's archives, and recent work by Russian
historians, show at least seven million died. Ukrainian historians put the figure at nine million, or
higher. Twenty-five percent of Ukraine's population was exterminated.
Millions of victims Six million other farmers across the USSR were starved
or shot during
collectivization. Stalin told Winston Churchill he liquidated 10 million peasants during the
1930s. Add mass executions by the Cheka in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; the genocide of
three million Muslims in the USSR; massacres of Cossacks and Volga Germans and Soviet
industrial genocide accounted for at least 40 million victims, not including 20 million war dead.
Kaganovitch and many senior OGPU officers (later, NKVD) were Jewish. The
of Jews among Bolshevik leaders, and the frightful crimes and cruelty inflicted by Stalin's
Cheka on Ukraine, the Baltic states and Poland, led the victims of Red Terror to blame the
Jewish people for both communism and their suffering. As a direct result, during the
subsequent Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe, the region's innocent Jews became the target
of ferocious revenge by Ukrainians, Balts and Poles.
While the world is by now fully aware of the destruction of Europe's Jews
by the Nazis, the
story of the numerically larger holocaust in Ukraine has been suppressed, or ignored.
Ukraine's genocide occurred 8-9 years before Hitler began the Jewish Holocaust, and was
committed, unlike Nazi crimes, before the world's gaze. But Stalin's murder of millions was
simply denied, or concealed by a left-wing conspiracy of silence that continues to this day. In
the strange moral geometry of mass murder, only Nazis are guilty.
Socialist luminaries like Bernard Shaw, Beatrice and Sidney Webb and PM
of France, toured Ukraine during 1932-33 and proclaimed reports of famine were false. Shaw
announced: "I did not see one under-nourished person in Russia." New York Times
correspondent Walter Duranty, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his Russian reporting, wrote
claims of famine were "malignant propaganda." Seven million people were dying around them,
yet these fools saw nothing. The New York Times has never repudiated Duranty's lies.
Modern leftists do not care to be reminded their ideological and historical roots are entwined
with this century's greatest crime - the inevitable result of enforced social engineering and
Western historians delicately skirt the sordid fact that the governments of Britain, the U.S. and
Canada were fully aware of the Ukrainian genocide and Stalin's other monstrous
they eagerly welcomed him as an ally during World War II. Stalin, who Franklin Roosevelt
called "Uncle Joe," murdered four times more people than Adolf Hitler.
None of the Soviet mass murderers who committed genocide were ever brought
Lazar Kaganovitch died peacefully in Moscow a few years ago, still wearing his Order of the
Soviet Union, and enjoying a generous state pension.
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