Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Jews and Communism

I am trying to pull together my thoughts on the role of Jews in the Red Terror and other aspects of the Communist Revolutions in the early twentieth century... This is a placeholder for now... From the Wikipedia entry on Bela Kun...
One bitter repercussion was the association of Hungary's Jews with the suffering inflicted by the Communists; since Kun and most of his colleagues were clearly Jewish, many Hungarians recognized a Jewish element in the Bolshevist conspiracy afoot in central Europe. As Louis Birinyi observed,

The personnel of the "government" were selected from the ranks of the agitators, about 95% of "whose names tell us that they were of Jewish origin." The country then was divided into districts, and a commissar was installed as the head of each district. It was not uncommon for the Bolsheviks to appoint janitors of Jewish synagogues as commissar with power over life or death of the people in their districts. Terror squads were organized, and the "red terror" was in full swing.

And then I found this gem of a quote at the end of same article. This is fantastic. The Hungarians calling the Soviet Communist forces "Asiatic barbarians"! Oh, noble descendents of Attila the Hun... How quickly you forgot your origins!
"The election of admiral Miklós Horthy, the chief of the National Army, as Hungary's regent was a stark political about-face, and the heat of Horthy's anticommunist feelings was legendary. It was partly to keep the "Asiatic barbarians" of Soviet Communism at bay that Horthy gradually helped steer his country into an alliance with Adolf Hitler."


Anonymous Nechama said...

Trotsky, Gamarnik, Kaganovich....these are just the a that some to mind quickly

November 13, 2013 9:40 AM  
Anonymous e-kvetcher said...

Nechama, there's probably hundreds of names. I am talking about just the high level people..

November 13, 2013 10:59 AM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

Asiatic barbarians? Rather like the English calling the Germans "Huns".

November 15, 2013 12:16 PM  

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