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Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the Russian Revolution

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on May 29, 2007


As said in earlier, the Tzarists manufactured the Protocols as a means to discredit the Revolutionary Movement in Russia, playing into an already overheated Anti-Jewish sentiment. And indeed many of the Revolutionaries were Jewish, so it was a rather easy task:

Jewish participation among the Bolsheviks, plagued the Communists during the Russian Civil War against the Whites with a reputation of being “a gang of marauding Jews”; Jews comprised a majority in the Communist Central Committee, outnumbering even ethnic Russians. At the same time, the vast majority of Russia’s Jews, much like their ethnic Russian neighbours, were not in any political party.”

It would have been nice to able to say “and the rest is history…”, but alas the Protocols lived on. The same instrument that had served the Tzar’s Secret Police and the White Movement in their fight against the Bolsheviks, eventually became a tool in the hands of the Soviets as the sentiment gradually changed – much due to the resentment among non-Jewish Bolsheviks towards the back-lash during the Russian Civil War.

It might be that Lenin took a rather universalist view on Anti-semitism:

According to Lenin, antisemitism was an “attempt to divert the hatred of the workers and peasants from the exploiters toward the Jews.” Linking antisemitism to class struggle, he argued that it was merely a political technique used by the tsar to exploit religious fanaticism, popularize the despotic, unpopular regime, and divert popular anger toward a scapegoat. The Soviet Union also officially maintained this Marxist-Leninist interpretation under Stalin, who expounded Lenin’s critique of antisemitism.”

This theory didn’t much change anything for the Jews under Soviet Rule – Stalin was notorious for his witch-hunt on Jews within the Communist Party especially during the 1930’s. Though he “offered” Jews a socialist solution to the “Jewish Problem”, it didn’t attract more than approximately 30% of the Russian Jewish Population.

“To offset the growing Jewish national and religious aspirations of Zionism and to successfully categorize Soviet Jews under Stalin’s nationality, an alternative to the Land of Israel was established with the help of Komzet and OZET in 1928. The Jewish Autonomous Oblast with the center in Birobidzhan in the Russian Far East was to become a “Soviet Zion”. Yiddish, rather than “reactionary” Hebrew, would be the national language, and proletarian socialist literature and arts would replace Judaism as the quintessence of culture.

Those who refused or opposed the deportation (because one cannot call it by any other name) were “purged” as threats to Stalin’s Communist Despotism. It wouldn’t be fair to say that Stalin was directly influenced by the Protocols when he choose to get rid of people like Trotsky, Zinoviev, and Kamenev to mention a few high ranking Party members, but as Anti-Semitism was not “purged” by the Revolution, and still had a strong hold on the Russian Soul, it is fairly probable that Stalin found it easier to dispose of those Jews he saw as threats to his Empire, than he would have otherwise.

The Soviet policy in regards to the Jewish population was ambiguous – one the one hand they were not allowed to be Jewish on their own terms – and when they resisted “assimilation” they were either deported or killed as enemies of the state, on the other hand they were consistently refered to as “just citizens”. Despite the fact that they were massacred exactly for being Jewish inside Soviet Union as well as out-side.

“The typical Soviet policy regarding the Holocaust was to present it as atrocities against Soviet citizens, not emphasizing the genocide of the Jews. For example, after the liberation of Kiev from the Nazi occupation in 1943, the Extraordinary State Commission (Чрезвычайная Государственная Комиссия) was set out to investigate Nazi crimes and its first draft report was ready by December 25, 1943. It contained the following sentence:

  • “The Hitlerist bandits committed mass murder of the Jewish population. They announced that on September 29, 1941, all the Jews were required to arrive to the corner of Melnikov and Dokterev streets and bring their documents, money and valuables. The butchers marched them to Babi Yar, took away their belongings, then shot them.”

The officially censored version of the text was:

  • “The Hitlerist bandits brought thousands of civilians to the corner of Melnikov and Dokterev streets. The butchers marched them to Babi Yar, took away their belongings, then shot them.”

Not even in their deaths were they allowed to be Jews.

The ideas from the Protocols do not surface clearly until after WWII, when the Stalinist Government executed several state-sponsored pogroms on Jewish Intellectuals, Artists, Poets and writers, most notably those who wrote in Yiddish (19 48; 19521953).

“In November 1948, Soviet authorities launched a campaign to liquidate what was left of Jewish culture. The members of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee were arrested. They were charged with treason, bourgeois nationalism and planning to set up a Jewish republic in Crimea to serve US interests.”

This is also the first time a connection between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism is established within the Radical Far Left.

See how the pendulum has swung? From socialist traitors under the Tsar to bourgeois traitors under Stalin – and still considered plotting… The Jew behind it all…

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Shalom!

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