Olive is a 22 year old female Jewish commenter with the mind of someone much older. She and some other Jews hang out in the comments section where they drink, dine, make merry and do battle (with my encouragement) with legions of anti-Semites. Jews Versus Anti-Semites, you’ve got to love it. This makes the comments section like WW2, only way fewer dead bodies. Hers is an excellent perception of Stalin:
Stalin discouraged Jewish self segregation. Before Stalin came to power, the USSR was run by Jewish Bolsheviks, but Stalin tried to eliminate Jewish separatism. That is why Jewish groups label him as antisemitic.
He also destroyed most of the Jewish villages and Jewish culture because he felt that they encouraged Jewish separatism. I suppose you could call him “antisemitic,” because he tried to eliminate Jewish culture as a distinct culture. He may not have murdered Jews en masse, but destroying Jewish culture is antisemitic.
However, what exactly is the destruction of Jewish culture? See that Yiddish was heavily encouraged in the USSR – no state anywhere on Earth has ever promoted Yiddish as well as the USSR did. What was definitely discouraged was Jewish nationalism.
A Jewish state was set up, albeit in Siberia. However, some Jews did move there, and they could and did have a homeland there. I felt it was wrong to give them a piece of Siberia like that.
If anything against argues the notion that the USSR was run by Jews, it is that the Jews got so shafted in terms of being given a ethnic state. Giving them a tiny bit of Siberia thousands of miles away from any known Jewish settlement – how insulting can you get? That’s almost spitting in the face of the Jews, or at least the Jewish nationalists, right?
It is true that Stalin did support Israel at the very start. This should argue against the Super-Jew argument that Stalin was some kind of an anti-Semite. It’s also true that Stalin turned against Israel very quickly after it was founded, because Israel turned towards the US. There did begin at that time some persecution towards Soviet Jews, and it was often based on the fact that they were seen as being pro-Western.
And some Soviet and East Bloc Jews were indeed spying for the West, especially for the CIA. Israel has recently proudly admitted this. So possibly some of the Jews persecuted or executed by Stalin were in fact spying for the West. Stalin quickly turned towards the Arabs because Israel was pro-Western.
The Doctor’s Plot, which SuperJews the world over will not quit wailing about, may indeed have been a plot to murder Stalin. In other words, I think there was a plot to kill Stalin, and I think that Stalin may have been poisoned to death by someone, probably by his own doctors.
Were his physicians Jews? Possibly some of them were. So was there a Jewish Doctor’s Plot to kill Stalin? Who knows? But there may have been ample grounds for suspicion of something like that. Peter Myers has written quite a bit on this subject, and he is not friendly towards Stalin in the slightest. He concludes that Stalin was poisoned by his doctors.
Nevertheless, the persecution of Jews during this period, the campaign against “rootless cosmopolitanism”, the persecuted and executed Jewish Yiddish authors, poets and intellectuals, was an outrage and a crime. This entire period of Stalin’s rule, the last about 6 years or so, could be classed as anti-Semitic.
In Stalin’s (somewhat) defense, at one point someone pointed out to Stalin that his persecution of the Jews smacked of anti-Semitism. Stalin replied, crying out, “But you do not understand! It is not that they are Jews! That does not matter! They are all Zionists, all of them!” So the Stalinists saw this as a purge of the Jewish nationalists or Zionists within the party.
Golda Meir’s visit to the USSR in 1948 drew one of the largest crowds of Soviet Jews ever assembled. This fact is used by anti-Semites to show that Stalinism was a Jewish-run enterprise. In fact, at this time, it was getting dangerous to be a Jewish nationalist. That mass turnout to see Golda is one of the things that set off Stalin’s alarm bells.
As an aside, the fact that someone could criticize Stalin and easily get away with it shows that Stalin was not the Most Evil Monster That Ever Lived as is implied. Except during a few periods of utter madness like around 1937, the meetings of Stalin’s upper crust were very self-critical, and Stalin himself encouraged an atmosphere of extreme self-criticism at this level of the party, self-criticism being an essential though often abandoned aspect of Marxism anyway.
Stalin typically took criticism well at these meetings, often nodding his head in agreement and taking notes.
Stalin was a bad man in many ways, a mass murderer, a killer. In his time, he ordered the peacetime executions of 900,000 people (not 20-110 million or whatever the fascist and Nazi liars say). Of those, 800,000 were killed in a single year of wild paranoia that spiraled out of control. The paranoia was set off by the discovery of a high-level Nazi-Trotskyite plot within the deepest recesses of the party to hand part of the USSR over to the Nazis.
The fact that the Great Terror continued for only one horrible year and was then abruptly stopped was due to self-criticism within the party. The highest levels of the party, including Stalin himself, finally realized that the madness had gone completely insane.
Anna Louise Strong’s great but hard to find book, The Stalin Era, which can downloaded on this site here, makes this clear. The party got itself together and ordered a wind-down to the crazed mass killings and paranoia that had overtaken the party.
After Stalinism, things stayed bad for Soviet Jews, but an argument against mass anti-Semitism is that almost every year, a Soviet Jew won Best Chess Champion in the USSR. How they could do this is in a viciously anti-Semitic state is mysterious.
In Poland in the late 1960′s, a very lamentable period of anti-Semitism emerged, set off tragically by Polish Communists. Zionology (the study of Zionism) as a scholarly discipline was set up and actively pursued. Zionology was really the study of Jews.
Things got bad, but there were no death camps or pogroms.
Yitzak Shamir, former Prime Minister of Israel, was once asked whether the USSR was an anti-Semitic state. He replied that on the contrary, “The USSR was anti-anti-Semitic. It was the most anti-anti-Semitic state that has ever existed.” He also famously stated that the Poles “drank their anti-Semitism from the milk of their mother’s breasts,” in other words, it was an essential part of their culture.
Both of Shamir’s statements are truer than either the anti-Semites or the SuperJews want to believe.