It would not be fair to give attention to one mass-murderer but not even mention the other. We simply must stick to the facts if we are to learn anything at all from history. Otherwise, from the Bible to History text-books, it has been politicized beyond having much of anything to do with reality. There’s always a discernable tendency to substitute verbiage in place of facts in order to advocate a politicized point of view or sell sensationalist books. We shall stick to the verified facts and avoid tossing around sensational, emotionally charged but untrue or potentially spurious data.
Carroll Quigley, professor of history at Georgetown University School of
Foreign Service in
The Munich Agreement gave Hitler Sudetenland, with all of Czechoslovak border fortifications, banks and industry, including most of Czechoslovakia’s steel, iron and electrical works, the Škoda Works – the country’s biggest company, the manufacturer of modern tanks, trucks and automobiles. It was a de facto annexation of all of the country, now weak and unprotected. It was annexed de jure just 6 months later.
Before the “
summer 1939, Hitler was armed to his teeth and craved war, while Stalin needed
much more time to ready his country for an inevitable confrontation with
in the morning of August 24, 1939, the
Sixteen days after Nazis attacked
Soviet Union annexed
Between 250,000 and 450,000 Polish soldiers, policemen and civilians were taken prisoners of war or arrested by the Red Army. The Soviet internal security services (the NKVD) screened and released almost immediately all ethnic Ukrainians and Belarusians among them, then other POW’s, except about 40,000 Polish officers and policemen, land-owners, clergy and intelligentsia, whom it detained on suspicion of engaging in Anti-Soviet or “counterrevolutionary” activities, and re-engaging in them, if released.
Unless educated Poles showed enthusiasm for an alliance with the Soviets, Stalin (actually, his hangman Beria, also a Georgian gangster) would have to execute them, as an “undesirable element,” the latter 2-word combination being popular in both Nazi and Soviet parlance, and “counter-revolutionaries.” There were “desirable” and “undesirable elements” of the society. The individual life was worth nothing when the interests of the social engineering by the Soviet state or Nazi state were concerned, just like it’s worth diddly squat in the good ole’ USA, when the fads in public policy are concerned, determined by special interest groups benefiting billions of dollars. As the case is, the people can talk about the atrocities only after those who had committed them are dead, politically or militarily defeated. In the US, they commit atrocities, an example of which would be the murder of dozens of men, women and children in Waco, Texas by the federal agents with absolute impunity – the state actors covered their asses with quasi-judicial immunity, all in the name of justice, efficiency, and citizens’ well-being, of course.
Polish POW’s and civilian detainees were subjected to long interrogations and
indoctrination sessions. To demonstrate their loyalty to the Soviets, they had
to implicate other people of not being loyal commies, of being “nationalists,”
or “capitalists,” or something. Unbeknownst to them, the “conversations” with
the NKVD were really a selection process of who should live or dye. Those who
did not show much enthusiasm with Stalinism were doomed: in March of 1940 the
head of the NKVD, Lavrentiy Beria, sent to Politburo of the Communist Party his
infamous “Katyn memo.” Four members of the Politburo of the Communist party -
Stalin, Molotov, Voroshilov and Mikoyan - signed an order to execute 25,700
Polish “nationalists and counterrevolutionaries” among the 40,000 Poles still
in detention. (But before we rush to condemn the “Soviet butchers,” suffice it
to say that the “bastion of freedom,” the United States of America, as recently
as 2009 had 7,225,800 people on probation, in jail or in prison, or on parole —
about 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population. 2,292,133 were
incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails at yearend 2009 – by far the absolute,
unbeatable World record,
and constantly growing. Yet, so insidious is
As Polish-Canadian historian Piotr Wróbel wrote (citing British historians M. R. D. Foot and I. C. B. Dear), majority of scholars believe that “In the Soviet occupation zone, conditions were only marginally less harsh than under the Germans.”
contemporary historians, such as Timothy Snyder, Prof. of History at
By focusing primarily on the signing of the [Molotov-Ribbentrop] treaty, Snyder
downplays the murderous intentions of the Nazi regime, their
ideologically-driven, fanatical determination to destroy the Jewish people, and
their long-term plans for the decimation of most of the other peoples of
eastern Europe. Stalin was, indeed, a ruthless, murderous dictator, but he was
no Hitler, and the
His analysis of the true meaning of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is as lucid as it is concise:
The problem with this analysis [by T. Snyder], however, is that it completely
isolates the signing of the Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact and ignores the
broader context behind the outbreak of the Second World War and its
continuation. Thus, it is clear that there was a tremendous disparity in the
motives of the two countries that signed the pact. While the Nazis did so as an
integral part of their grand strategy to conquer most of Europe to obtain their
goal of Lebensraum (living space) for the superior Aryan race, the Soviets were
basically forced into signing the agreement when their talks with Britain and
France regarding the possibility of forming an alliance against Nazi Germany
broke down, and when Poland, understandably, refused to allow Soviet troops to
march through its territory [to assist Czechoslovakia.] Given the disarray in
which the Red Army found itself in the wake of the purges of the late 1930s, it
was patently clear, moreover, that at this point, the
Indeed, in order to create historic mythology one does not have to lie by commission. It is enough to omit a few facts, to describe certain events out of their historical context.
Prof. Snyder recognized that “… the Third Reich’s “Hunger Plan” … would have starved… 89 percent of the Polish population.” As a result of the Soviet offensive in 1944, the population of Poland was saved from such annihilation, although 17 percent of its population had already perished, and Stalin deliberately took his sweet time in liberating Warsaw, first allowing German SS troops crush the Warsaw uprising lead by Polish government out of London, “to avoid civil war” after Poland’s liberation by the Red Army, as he noted in his top secret notebook.
1939, as Stalin fully intended to hold on to the annexed territories of Eastern
Poland, naturally – if
was a massive, unprecedented phenomenon practiced by the Nazi Germany and the
Stalinist Soviet Union, used to prevent the masses of the people from thinking
and seeing events for what they really were. It is a tried and true practice by
The Bolsheviks excluded the Tsarist intelligentsia from all spheres of public life as traitorous and untrustworthy. Even their children were disenfranchised as citizens and had no right to receive education. The Soviet government was formed by men and women without much formal education. Lenin mocked the old intelligentsia, arguing that proletariat knew how to rule by “the class instinct,” describing the new rulers by a deliberately broken Russian expression approximately translated as: “We ain’t graduated from no academies [and are proud of it]” (Rus: A мы академиев не кончали). To achieve rapid industrialization, the Bolshevik government invited engineers and technicians from England, Germany, USA, France and Spain; having built most advanced industrial plants in Minsk, Stalingrad, Kharkov and Kiev, the overwhelming majority of these engineers, most of them socialists, communists, social-democrats, and other “progressives” – the “rotten, petty- bourgeoisie,” whom Stalin despised as class enemies, disappeared in the Stalin’s purges of 1937, starved in labor camps or executed as “imperialist spies.”
last bastion of a free thought in the Soviet Russia was the
OGPU left the old-man Pavlov alone, but harassed as “imperialist spies” those academicians who had been supported in their work by their foreign like-minded colleagues. Sixty percent of non-tenured academicians and 15% of tenured lost their jobs, 150 lost their freedom, and many – their lives.
Back then in the 20th century dictatorships, the first order of business was to kill, exile or intimidate the independent intellectuals; Conversely – to give them Kremlin food rations and various other perks, if they expressed readiness to kiss ass of the functionaries of the regime – overall quite a “Pavlovian dog” policy. The focus of the Communist indoctrination was “Internationalism” – the New World Order based on the unity of the working people (the World proletariat,) disregard for national borders, sovereignty and national differences. Nazi indoctrination was quite the opposite, albeit methods remained quite the same: it was focused on force-feeding people’s minds with a strong sense of national and military pride, hatred for other people, their language and morays, and establishment of the New World Order, in which the New Dominant Germany would rule, controlling vast territories of the entire Europe and major parts of Asia. Where was the truth? – The truth was in survival, accomplished by not asking unwanted questions, by taking the official propaganda for gospel or pretending to do so.
was a way to divide and conquer, then breed a new kind of German citizen: an
obedient, ruthless soldier, ready and willing to commit unspeakable crimes.
Hitler and the Nazi party leaders knew that the lofty goals of creating the
Thousand Year Reich with a vastly expanded territory could only be realized by
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