If we count those who died of starvation during Communists' experiments with human interactions—twenty to forty million in three years in China alone—we may add scores of millions more. Shot; dead by deliberate exposure; starved; and murdered in work camps and prisons meant to extract every last fiber of labor from human beings and then kill them. -Alan Charles Kors
The bodies are all around us. And here is the problem: No one talks about them. No one honors them. No one does penance for them. No one has committed suicide for having been an apologist for those who did this to them. No one pays for them. No one is hunted down to account for them. -Alan Charles Kors
Hate, Communism, Religion, Murder
Pope Francis has officially given a thumbs-up for the beatification of 38 Albanian martyrs, including Archbishop Nikollë Vinçenc Prennushi of Durrës, all of whom were murdered by the country's atheistic, communist regime between 1945 and 1974... In 1944, a communist government took control of Albania and reportedly caused the persecution of a religious leaders and the death of almost 2,100 Catholic priests and devotees of other religions. The country then declared itself an atheist state.
Crime, Communism, Murder
"I have come to understand that his death changed the fate of my entire family," she said. The yearly event -- known as "Bringing Back Names" -- is organised by leading rights group Memorial and held on the eve of a national day commemorating those persecuted by the Soviet authorities. The names read out are among the tens of thousands shot under Stalin in Moscow alone from 1937-8, although the commemoration itself is for the many millions who died under Soviet persecution.
Justice, Communism, Murder
Guards at a Khmer Rouge death camp held competitions to see how many prisoners they could murder in an hour, a court heard Monday, the latest harrowing testimony at the trial of two top regime leaders. "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, 89, and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 84, are on trial at a UN-backed court in Cambodia for the killing of ethnic Vietnamese and Muslim minorities, and for the regime's use of forced marriage and rape.
Sen Srun recalled how security guards, some as young as 15, would race each other carrying out executions in a bid to gain promotion -- with one guard managing a murder rate of more than one a minute. "Some of them were competing to kill more people per hour, and one reached a record of killing 70 people in an hour," the 66-year-old survivor recalled.
"They were actually competing among one another, and if they killed more, then they would be selected to be in charge a unit, for instance," he added. The witness estimated that up to 20,000 were killed at Wat Au Trakuon in the northeastern province of Kampong Cham.
Character, Communism, Assault, Murder
The Khmer Rouge tribunal on Thursday heard the testimony of a former regime soldier who “heard the screams” of prisoners being tortured while he was working as a typist at the notorious Kraing Ta Chan security center—and is also alleged to have carried out torture himself. Srei Than, 57, also known by the alias “Duch,” has been accused by former inmate Soy Sen of being among the “cruelest” guards, and of raping and killing women.
“Revolution, the substitution of one social system for another, has always been a struggle, a painful and cruel struggle, a life and death struggle,” Stalin admitted. And the process will not be “spontaneous and peaceful, it will be complicated, long, and violent.” -Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
August 6, 2014: Two former Khmer Rouge leaders were tried in Cambodia for genocide and crimes against humanity including torture, enslavement and murder... Khieu Samphan, 82, was the Cambodian head of state under Pol Pot and succeeded him as the head of the Khmer Rouge in 1987. He was arrested in 2007. He has maintained that he was unaware of the "heinous acts committed by other leaders that caused tragedy for the nation and people."
Crime, Government, Communism, Murder
The Soviet Union appears the greatest megamurderer of all time, apparently killing near 61,000,000 people. Stalin himself is responsible for almost 43,000,000 of these. Most of the Soviet deaths, perhaps around 39,000,000 are due to lethal forced labor in gulag and transit thereto.
Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China, qualifies as the greatest mass murderer in world history, an expert who had unprecedented access to official Communist Party archives said yesterday. Speaking at The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival, Frank Dikötter, a Hong Kong-based historian, said he found that during the time that Mao was enforcing the Great Leap Forward in 1958, in an effort to catch up with the economy of the Western world, he was responsible for overseeing "one of the worst catastrophes the world has ever known".
Government, Incompetence, Communism, Murder
THIRTY-SIX million people in China, including my uncle, who raised me like a father, starved to death between 1958 and 1962, during the man-made calamity known as the Great Famine. In thousands of cases, desperately hungry people resorted to cannibalism. The toll was more than twice the number of fallen in World War I, and about six times the number of Ukrainians starved by Stalin in 1932-33 or the number of Jews murdered by Hitler during World War II.
Stalin admitted that “without getting rid of the capitalists, without abolishing the principle of private property in the means of production, it is impossible to create a planned economy.” When the “financial oligarchy will be abolished, only then socialism will be brought about,” Stalin added. -Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
In all, the records I studied suggest that the Great Leap Forward was responsible for at least 45 million deaths. Between 2 and 3 million of these victims were tortured to death or summarily executed, often for the slightest infraction.
The four surviving leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime, including the former head of state, Khieu Samphan, have been imprisoned in Phnom Penh since 2007 and will be brought to justice in their own country.
Democrat, Communism, Murder
The Soviet secret police killed the 22,000 Poles with shots to the back of the head. Their aim was to eliminate a military and intellectual elite that would have put up stiff resistance to Soviet control. The men were among Poland's most accomplished — officers and reserve officers who in their civilian lives worked as doctors, lawyers, teachers, or as other professionals.
Editorial, Communism, Murder
“I think that you talk about the 100 million victims of communism without taking account of about 300-400 million because you are not talking about their families,” Cuban Pedro Fuentes told the audience at Heritage. “My mother was told not to come to see me in prison because I was shot.”
“She fainted.” Fuentes spent 18 years in Cuba’s prison system. “So with my marriage, which was shot,” he remembered, “and my son who I had not seen since he was a baby.”
Character, Academia, Lie, Communism, Ignorance
A professor at a public university recently denied Soviet Union Leader Joseph Stalin was responsible for the murder of millions, saying he has “yet to find one crime – one crime that Stalin committed.” “I know they say he killed 20, 30, 40 million people,” continued Grover Furr, a professor in Medieval English at Montclair State University.
Liberal, Brilliance, AntiAmerican, Communism, Hollywood
“I would think that if you understood what Communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees, that we would someday become communists.” -Jane Fonda