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
Researchers in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa have unearthed at least 29 mass graves believed to contain victims of Joseph Stalin’s Great Purge, which found the Soviet dictator’s regime brutally quashing all political dissent, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).
As BBC News notes, exploratory work carried out ahead of planned expansion of Odessa’s airport uncovered the remains of between 5,000 and 8,000 people. Experts expect to find more bodies as excavations continue. The site—formerly a landfill—may be “one of the largest of its kind in Ukraine,” according to RFE/RFL.
Between 1936 and 1938, Stalin’s infamous secret police agency, the NKVD, waged a ruthless campaign of terror against high-ranking Communist Party officials and ordinary citizens alike. Estimates of the death toll vary, but History.com points out that at least 750,000 people were executed during the Great Purge (also known as the Great Terror).
Government, Communism, Murder
A Soviet weekly newspaper today published the most detailed accounting of Stalin's victims yet presented to a mass audience here, indicating that about 20 million died in labor camps, forced collectivization, famine and executions...
Mr. Medevedev's accounting included these victims:
* One million imprisoned or exiled from 1927 to 1929, falsely accused of being saboteurs or members of opposition parties.
* Nine million to 11 million of the more prosperous peasants driven from their lands and another two million to three million arrested or exiled in the early 1930's campaign of forced farm collectivization. Many of these were believed to have been killed.
* Six million to seven million killed in the punitive famine inflicted on peasants in 1932 and 1933.
* One million exiled from Moscow and Leningrad in 1935 for belonging to families of former nobility, merchants, capitalists and officials.
* About one million executed in the ''great terror'' of 1937-38, and another four million to six million sent to forced labor camps from which most, including Mr. Medvedev's father, did not return.
* Two million to three million sent to camps for violating absurdly strict labor laws imposed in 1940.
* At least 10 million to 12 million ''repressed'' in World War II, including millions of Soviet-Germans and other ethnic minorities forcibly relocated.
* More than one million arrested on political grounds from 1946 to Stalin's death in 1953.
Communism Kills. End Of Story.
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.
Who was the biggest mass murderer in the history of the world? Most people probably assume that the answer is Adolf Hitler, architect of the Holocaust. Others might guess Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, who may indeed have managed to kill even more innocent people than Hitler did, many of them as part of a terror famine that likely took more lives than the Holocaust.
But both Hitler and Stalin were outdone by Mao Zedong. From 1958 to 1962, his Great Leap Forward policy led to the deaths of up to 45 million people – easily making it the biggest episode of mass murder ever recorded.
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.
The Ukrainian language contains a neologism - holodomor - necessitated by the fact that the socialist rulers of that country used agricultural policy to murder by starvation between 2 million and 5 million people who were guilty of the crime of resisting the socialists’ agricultural policy.
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.
Bolshevism was the greatest human slaughter of all time
"You must understand. The leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. The October Revolution was not what you call in America the ‘Russian Revolution.’ It was an invasion and conquest over the Russian people. More of my countrymen suffered horrific crimes at their bloodstained hands than any people or nation ever suffered in the entirety of human history. It cannot be understated. Bolshevism was the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant of this reality is proof that the global media itself is in the hands of the perpetrators."
When a boy stole a handful of grain in a Hunan village, local boss Xiong Dechang forced his father to bury him alive. The father died of grief a few days later.
"No other regime on earth could compare with it either in the number of those it had done to death, in heartiness, in the range of its ambitions, in its thoroughgoing and unmitigated totalitarianism-no, not even the regime of its pupil, Hitler."
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.
“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
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".
One of Mao's deputies said in 1948 that as many as thirty million "landlords" would have to be eliminated. Hundreds of thousands were shot, buried alive, dismembered, and otherwise tortured to death in the early years of the regime.
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.
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.
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
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.”
In Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-62 (2012), the journalist Yang Jisheng (using government sources) places the number of "unnatural" deaths at thirty-six million, as communist officials seized land and produce from peasants to redistribute elsewhere and systematically killed all who resisted or stood in the way of the regime's collectivist policy.
Some have referred to this episode as the single greatest mass murder in recorded history.
Socialists: A Century of Murder
The socialist countries killed a couple hundred million of their own citizens during the 20th century - Soviet Union (62 million), communist China (78 million), and the national socialists, aka Nazis, in Germany (21 million).
Alexander Yakovlev, Gorbachev's right hand man, who examined the archives for the last Soviet leader and who came away a deeply changed and heroic man, let us know that 60 million were slain in the Soviet Union alone.
The Chinese author Jung Chang, who had access to scores of Mao Zedong's collaborators and to the detailed Russian and local archives, reached the figure of 70 million Chinese lives snuffed out by Mao's deliberate choices.
If we count those dead of starvation from the communist ability and desire to experiment with human interaction in agriculture-20 million to 40 million in three years-we may add scores of millions more.
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