Revisionism in Russia
By Wolfgang Strauss
Russians Research into the ‘Holocaust’ Matter
A German order to destroy Novgorod did not exist. The population suffered under Soviet bombings. Novgorod’s church treasures were robbed by the retreating Soviet troops, and its artifacts were sunk on a ship in the Wolchow River. The world famous Novgorod monument "Thousand Year Russia" was saved by the Wehrmacht from destruction. Jasnaja Poljana, Tolstoy’s estate, was under the protection of the German Panzergruppe 2 by order of General Heinz Guderian. The 49th German Gebirgsjägerkorps proceeded against the anti-Jewish pogrom in Lemberg on June 29, 1941. After the occupation of Smolensk in 1941, the population of the local district discovered 135,000 bodies in mass graves, Russians shot by the NKVD during the ‘Chistka.’ The cathedral of Smolensk, damaged by Soviet shells, was restored during the time of German occupation and was reopened for the orthodox believers. Against the advice of the German military leadership, the masses of the rural population attached themselves to the retreating German occupation troops, when in 1944 the big retreat started.
This can be read in the latest book about Russian historical revisionism: The Great Civil War 1941-1945 (Moscow 2002, 642 pages, ISBN 5 941 38015 1). The volume, a collection of separate articles, published by the former Komsomol leader Igor Djakow, includes, among others, articles about the preventive war of June 22, 1941, in which German documents are also quoted. The timeliness of the discussion about the thesis of the preventive war is further indicated in still other new books on the Russian book market, for example Mikhail Melityukhovs 544 pages volume Stalin’s Missed Chances. The Soviet Union in the Fight for Europe 1939-1941. It was published by the well-known national-liberal publisher "Vyeche" (Thing). Different perspectives about "Barbarossa" in Germany and in Russia: While in Germany the raison d’être of the regime defines the borderline of permissible thoughts regarding the research for the cause of the war, one can observe the opposite in Russia, as put forth in The Big Civil War 1941-1945. Yes, in Russia, where a refusal to crawl to foreign dogmas does not cost the head of an historian. Djakow dedicates the book "to all Russian and German soldiers, who were killed in a war that was unleashed by the enemies of the European culture."
"In Russia rules a freedom never known before."
This judgment by the author Leo Rubinstein applies especially to political-historical publishers; otherwise the printing and sale of the Big Civil War could not be imagined. In every chapter of this book, the taboos of the Allies (Dyakov: "The white spots in our history of lies") are destroyed.
An order by the Wehrmacht to shoot the Jews of Kiev in Babi Yar does not exist (p. 57). Soja Kosmosdemyanskaya, a partisan fighting against the Germans, was arrested by Russian farmers and handed over to the Germans for punishment. It was a tragic fate that stood somewhere between obedience and crime. In obeying a Stalin-directive, ("scorched earth") this young partisan woman set fire to farmhouses in the district of Petrishchev. Before the eyes of these farmers, Soja was hanged. Stalin’s war propaganda made a heroine out of this arsonist (p. 444). In the district of Pskov with its two million inhabitants, religious classes took place in all elementary schools after the Wehrmacht entered; in the town of Pskov, the Russian-Orthodox church opened its own Sunday school for youths and adults (p. 504). On June 22, 1941, 5.3 million men were serving in the Red Army. By October of the same year, however, this army did not exist anymore: around 800,000 were killed and 4.5 million preferred German internment over fighting. Stalin ordered the forming of "blocking groups" ("sagraditelniye otryadi") only a few weeks after the beginning of the war. Movie producer Alexander Ivanov-Sukharevski:
"One has to pound it into the heads of the young people today: Nobody wanted to fight for the Soviet power, nobody wanted to go into the war. After the first blows of the Wehrmacht one threw the weapons away and fled into the hinterland, back into the home villages. In order for the Red Army not to completely disintegrate, blocking commandos with machine guns closed off the area between the front line and the homeland. Those who still wanted to flee, deserted forward, to the Germans." (p. 450)
From the co-author Ivanov-Sukherevski originates the following statement:
"The Wehrmacht, i.e., the army of the Third Reich, was the best army in the history of the European civilization, especially in one area: The valuation of the life of the simple soldier." (p. 437)
A large part of this book deals with the ‘Holocaust’ and the "yevreiski vopros" (Jewish question). The common denominator of revisionist authors and publishers in the former eastern block is the "denial" of the Holocaust, alleges Mikha Shafir in the magazine East European Perspectives (June 12, 2002).
This is not the case with the authors of Big Civil War, since they neither deny persecution nor massacres against Jews. However, the concept of ‘Holocaust’ is given a different historical meaning; it is reported as a farmer’s holocaust, a Ukrainian holocaust, a Cossack holocaust (p. 206f.). He who wishes to deny the incredible dimensions of the "Cossack murders", the "Ukrainian murders", the "Slav murders", the "farmer murders", does not understand that the communist idea was an extermination strategy right from the start, and therefore a holocaust program.
Contradicting numbers about Jews before the war and after 1945 (based on statistics of various types) will not be mentioned here (pp. 43, 83, 90), however, on page 45 the "six-million myth" is mentioned. An article without a given author has the title "About the Holocaust Topic" (pp. 81-90).
"The western democracies refused to accept the masses of German Jews", this contribution states. The Russian comment on Kurt Gerstein is very revealing. The SS disinfestation technician boasted after his capture in 1945, according to a report by Raymond Cartier, the later chief editor of Paris Match, to have killed one million people (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of June 3, 2002); Big Civil War says that Gerstein confessed to the killing of even 25 million through poison gas. The "subject Holocaust" is also based upon Gerstein’s self-accusation, although not exclusively, as one can read on page 89. The fact that all extermination camps were located in areas, which came later under the "control of the communists," made it quite difficult to determine the number of the victims.
"Up to today statistical acrobatics dominates. […] The number of Auschwitz victims sank from 4 million to 400,000. […] The camp Wolczek, in which supposedly one million people were killed until 1945, cannot not even be found on Polish maps." (p. 40)
Not four million, but "only" one tenth of this – is reducing already denial? Until recently, Fritjof Meyer did not belong to the protagonists of historical revisionism. That seems to have changed since May 2002. In the May-edition 2002 of the scientific magazine Osteuropa, an article was published by this leading editor of Germany’s largest newsmagazine Der Spiegel with the title "The number of Auschwitz Victims. New findings through new archival discoveries." For the leftist editor it is about the numbers: about the Auschwitz numbers. The historical starting point in the number mess: A Stalinist investigating commission. The investigation culminated in the allegation blessed by the communist Politbüro:
"During the time of the existence of the camp, 4.5 to 5 million people were exterminated."
This number is based on estimates of the gas chamber capacity and goes back to the declaration of Jewish inmate doctors Gordon, Shteinberg and Epshtein, as told to two Soviet officers on January 27, 1945.
Meyer quoted from the files of the International Military Tribunal and the central archive of the Soviet defense ministry of the Stalin time. And Meyer exposed the number of victims in the Soviet investigation report as "a product of war propaganda". Therefore a lie, an Auschwitz lie? Meyer combines his refutation with sharp criticism of the German post war historians:
"Since historiography, for understandable but inadmissible reasons, has not accepted Auschwitz as an object for research, propaganda naturally invaded the unoccupied field. Those of Soviet origin still control public opinion, as in the number of four million at Auschwitz or over 400,000 murdered Hungarian deportees, or mass gassings in the crematorium cellars."
Based on new documents about the capacity of the crematoria and based on the documents about the admissions to the camp, Meyer arrives at a surprising result in his study with reference to the number of the Auschwitz victims:
"An estimated 510,000 dead, of these probably 356,000 murdered with gas."
This result does not diminish the weight of the crimes, but "verifies" them, writes Meyer. With the new number, Auschwitz "finally" moves within the range of the "imaginable".
Meyer confides that his "new perceptions" are based on a recently found "key document" which gives information about "the capacity of the crematoria of Auschwitz/Birkenau". According to Meyer, this "breakthrough" is owed to the Canadian Auschwitz expert Robert-Jan van Pelt. To formulate this in short: The important question for further historical research, that is, whether mass murders took place in the gas chambers of the four crematoria, is answered by Meyer with a clear "No":
"The gas chambers of the Birkenau crematoria I and II were, except during the experimental phase, evidently hardly in operation, III and IV probably mainly only in the most horrible month of October 1944."
As shown in documents, the original plan was to use the morgues, after completion of the crematoria by early summer 1943, to store the great number of dead (where Meyer puts the key word "Vergasungskeller" in quotation marks). To this Meyer replies:
"Apparently, the tests were not successful, both because the ventilation was counterproductive3 and because the expected masses of victims did not arrive during the ensuing eleven months. The actually committed genocide probably took mainly place in the two converted farmhouses outside of the camp; the foundations of the first of these houses, the ‘White House,’ or ‘Bunker I’ has recently been discovered."
Polish farm houses as preliminary gas chambers: a provable fact, a Meyer-like "probably" or a mystery? Meyer admits that "revisionists" doubt the existence of "rebuilt farm houses" (Meyer mentions Jürgen Graf, among others).
There is no end to the mystery. Fritjof Meyer mentions Captain Shatunovski and Major Morudshenko of the Smersh-Department of the 8th Soviet Army, who allegedly interrogated, in March 1946, the German engineers of a crematoria as to their hourly capacity. Does the Russian expert Fritjof Meyer really not know what SMERSH meant in the years of Stalin’s war-terrors? SMERSH (acronym for "smertj shpionam" – "Death to the Spies") raged between 1941 and 1953 as the most savage special department of the Stalinist Secret Police, under the defense ministry umbrella. The Ukrainian GULag expert Borys Lewytzkyj judges:
"The SMERSH-officers, a gallery of fanatics, degenerates, and alcoholics, appear like a picture of horror before our eyes."
In practice, SMERSH exceeded all perversions of the Yeshovshchina: hunt down, torture, and liquidate. SMERSH killed right there, right then. Without SMERSH there was no "Soviet war propaganda" (as in Meyer’s criticism). It was a bloody joke in World History: While SMERSH researched in Auschwitz, it organized at the same time the Red Holocaust in Kolyma, Kingir, Vorkuta, Norylsk, and Karaganda.
The Communism researcher Meyer should actually know about these absurdities, since he quoted from the Central Archive of the KGB of the USSR, file 17/919, in the case SMERSH/Auschwitz. As a long time student, i.e., internee of the GULag camps, I claim that Meyer seems to try to cover up his "key documents", which he received from the Central Archive of the KGB of the USSR as mentioned by him, because what other archive basements might store (or better: hide) the truth and nothing but the full truth in matters Auschwitz?
Spiegel magazine praises itself for its investigative journalism; why, then, could Fritjof Meyer, familiar with the Russian language, not have been lucky – of course with a little Russian help – in opening certain file basement? During the Yeltsin era, so-called death books of Auschwitz were released for publication. They were found in the Soviet archives and confirm the death of some 69,000 camp inmates, of course only of the registered inmates "fit for work."
(On Meyer’s article, read also the contributions in The Revisionist 1(1) (2003), pp. 23-37. The editor.)
© Sept. 28, 2002
Ehrenburg and the Figure of Six Million
In the never-ending controversy over Auschwitz numbers, those provided by Fritjof Meyer are unlikely to remain the last word. At least, this is the opinion of Jerzy Wroblewski, director of the Auschwitz Museum, who wrote to the editor of Spiegel on 17th November 1999: "No camp documents have survived relating to victims sent to extermination immediately following selection."
Meyer exposed as a lie the falsified figures furnished by Auschwitz Commandant Rudolf Höß while a prisoner of the British. He said the "confession" had been obtained under torture – "under evidentiary blows." Höß later reported that alcohol and the whip "were too much for me, too." At 2:30 am he signed the following sentences: "In Auschwitz alone, in my estimation, around 3,000,000 people died. I would estimate that around 2,500,000 of these were gassed."
Ernst Nolte, whom Meyer calls a "respectable historian of philosophy," enjoys great credibility in the area of myth demolitions. His recently released book on Auschwitz, Der kausale Nexus. Über Revisionen und Revisionismen in der Geschichtswissenschaft (The Causal Nexus: Concerning Revisions and Revisionisms in Historiography, Herbig, Munich 2002), states:
"The statement of the commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höß, which unquestionably contributed greatly to the collapse of the defense in the Nuremberg trials, was obtained by torture. Therefore, according to the norms of Western legal procedure, it was not admissible in court. The so-called Gerstein documents contain so many contradictions and physical impossibilities that they, too, should have been disallowed. Statements by witnesses at Nuremberg were based upon hearsay and unsupported assumptions, while reports of the few eyewitnesses contradicted one another. The result is that they evoke great doubt concerning credibility."
In contrast to the investigation of the Katyn Forest massacre organized by the Wehrmacht in 1943, a thorough investigation of Auschwitz by an international commission of experts was not carried out at the end of the War. It was clearly the fault of the Soviet and Polish Communists that this was not done. Says Nolte:
"Release of photographs of crematory ovens and several cans bearing the words ‘Zyklon B. Poisonous Gas’ has no evidentiary value at all. Crematories were necessarily present in all typhus infested internment camps, and Zyklon B was a recognized medium of disinfestation. It was indispensable wherever large numbers of people lived under poor sanitary conditions." (page 96)
In these passages, Nolte is responding to the customary polemics, which Fritjof Meyer dutifully rolls out in support of "gas chambers." But Nolte emphatically concludes:
"The general conclusion that there were no mass exterminations by poison gas is obviously impermissible."
He then quotes the Jewish American historian Arno Mayer, according to whom materials for the investigation of gas chambers "are scarce and unreliable."
It is surprising that Meyer does not mention Joachim Hoffmann, the military historian and Vlassov biographer. Hoffmann, who died on 8th February 2002 in Freiburg, succeeded in proving that the "Six Million Number" was introduced into Allied propaganda by Ilja Ehrenburg 23 days before the occupation of Auschwitz by the Soviet 60th Army.
Atrocity propaganda by Ehrenburg: "The world now knows that Germany has killed six million Jews". "Wolves they were – Wolves they remain",Soviet War News Weekly, March 15, 1945.
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"The passage listed below appeared in the weekly Soviet War News issue for 22nd December 1944, published by the Soviet ambassador in London This was exactly five weeks before the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp with its alleged five million victims. The passage was contained in a seemingly objective essay written by the leading Soviet propagandist, Ilja Ehrenburg, under the headline ‘Remember, Remember, Remember.’ In it, the following was reported, apparently with the greatest naturalness:59
‘In regions they seized, the Germans killed all the Jews, from the old folks to infants in arms. Ask any German prisoner why his fellow countrymen annihilated six million innocent people, and he will reply quite simply ‘Why, they were Jews.’’
This article by Ehrenburg was reprinted on January 4, 1945, i.e., 23 days before the liberation of Auschwitz, under the headline ‘Once Again – Remember!’" (Stalin’s War of Extermination 1941-1945, Theses & Dissertations Press, Capshaw, Al, 2001, p. 189)
Is it possible that Political Scientist Dr. Fritjof Meyer did not read Hoffmann?
This is hard to believe, since Hoffmann’s definitive Stalin’s War of Extermination 1941-45 has appeared in eight editions. It has become a standard work for the study of the causes of World War II even in the USA, and is required reading for students of history in post-Soviet Russia. Hoffmann repeatedly refers to the source of the Six Million figure:
"The six-million figure, stated exactly for the first time by Ehrenburg in the Soviet War News on December 22, 1944, at first inconspicuously, and then repeated by him once again on January 4, 1945, in the same Soviet propaganda newspaper, then appeared on March 15, 1945, in another article by Ehrenburg in the Soviet War News weekly under the headline ‘Wolves They Were - Wolves They Remain’ – in bold print, as a fact no longer to be disputed by anyone." (p. 189f.)
Hoffmann concludes his chapter on Ehrenburg with the commentary:
"The stereotypical repetition of a total figure of six million murder victims, already claimed with precise clarity on December 22, 1944 – and this in the propaganda newspaper Soviet War News, intended for English-speaking readers – gives rise to the conclusion that the six-million figure, just like the Auschwitz figure of May 7, 1945, is a product of Soviet propaganda, intended to influence and indoctrinate public opinion, particularly, the thinking of the Anglo-Saxon countries. The evidence, from Soviet War News of December 22, 1944, January 4, 1945, and March 15, 1945, that it was Ehrenburg who introduced the six-million figure in the Soviet war propaganda, is not without importance to scientific discussion of this emotionally charged topic." (p. 190)
Any one who seriously pursues the subject of Auschwitz and ignores Joachim Hoffmann invites doubts about his competence. So much for the subject of Fritjof Meyer.
Today, Russian revisionist historians are paying renewed attention to an important but inadequately researched chapter of the Auschwitz saga: the Stalinist persecutions and murders of Jews. Here again, the subject begins and ends with the question: How many victims were there? The latest example is an article in the August 2000 issue of the Russian-Jewish magazine Krug, "Bloody Prolog to a New Holocaust." In 1952, on the instructions of Stalin, the Jewish Anti-fascist Committee was annihilated. "Why were they shot?" asks the historian Alexander Borshchakovski. The answer: "Because they were Jews." This is a quotation from the revelatory book by Borshchakovski published in Germany and Russia.
The Jewish Antifascist Committee (JAK) became active at the beginning of 1942, as Stalin’s regime had just survived the winter battle for Moscow. Without the aid of American capitalism, the defeated and much despised Stalinist regime could not have won the war. This was precisely the reason why JAK was founded. The head of the committee was the actor Solomon Mikhoels; the secretary (and therewith Beria’s man) was the author Isaak Feffer. JAK traveled extensively in the USA and collected many millions of dollars from Soviet sympathizers in press and radio, Hollywood, and the labor unions. As its heritage, it left behind an intellectual Fifth Column. After the war, this valuable service rendered to Stalin cost almost the entire JAK membership their lives. On October 12, 1946, the Ministry for State Security (MGB) presented the Central Committee a dossier on anti-Soviet activities of the JAK. A secret investigation of JAK activities came to the conclusion that they had greatly exaggerated their contribution to the achievements of the USSR in their coverage of the lives of Soviet Jews. This was all the more true since this coverage had appeared in the foreign, that is to say, American media. The Politburo decided to dissolve JAK on November 20, 1948. For Mikhoels, the MGB engineered a fatal automobile accident in Minsk, while JAK functionaries Feffer, Suskin and Gofshtein were arrested at the end of 1948. Stalin’s Holocaust plans were becoming reality.
On January 13, 1949, Georgi Malenkov, a close associate of Stalin who personally participated in executions during the 1930s, ordered the former head of the Soviet war propaganda bureau, Central Committee member Soloman Losovski (recte Dridso) to report to him so that he could listen to Losovski’s confession that he had engaged in a criminal activity as a Jew. Malenkov referred to a memorandum written for Stalin by Losovski on February 1944 and signed also by Mikhoels, Feffer and Epshtein. In the memo, which had been written at the height of the American-Soviet war alliance, it was suggested that the Crimean Tatars be removed and a Jewish Socialist State be established in the Crimea. In 1944, the international JAK were certain of success in the matter of the Crimea.
With the end of the war, however, a great change occurred. The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union voted to remove Losovski, and he was arrested on January 26, 1949. In that same month, the Jewish chief physician of the Moscow Botkin Hospital, Shimeliovich, disappeared in the Lubyanka, followed by JAK activists Kvitko, Perez, Marhish, and Bergelsson. In April of 1952, their files were made available to the military committee of the Supreme Court. Following trial on May 8 to July 18, 1952, 13 defendants were sentenced to death before a firing squad. The remaining defendants were sentenced to concentration camp terms ranging from 10 to 25 years. The head of the Soviet Writers Association welcomed the executions of the thirteen, as did Central Committee member Alexander Fadejev (the "Young Guard"). "A new Holocaust was dawning" as the thirteen Jewish prisoners were being shot in the cellars of the Lubyanka, says Mikhail Nortshtein in the Russian Jewish émigré publication Krug, published in Cologne.
"Only the death of Stalin in 1953 avoided that calamity."
© Sep. 30,.2002
General Paulus Returns to Stalingrad
The last military headquarter of the commander of the 6th German Army was the cellar of the central mall "ZUM". In July 2002, its present director and the management of the War Museum of Wolgograd decided to restore the original furnishings of the German Headquarters, complete with ammunition, military decorations, flags, charts, wireless sets, photographs. The Paulus cellar 1943, for whom? The restorers admit that a "Paulus" in the cellar is not only a tourist attraction, but addresses foremost the Russian youth. Communist veteran organisations protested against the project and called it a pro-fascist fraud of actual historic events. Some even named it blasphemy. Officials of various antifascist committees in Moscow asked whether such projects intended to propagate ideals of the German army amongst the Russian juveniles. Newspapers aligned with Beresovski and Gusinski cited an American Jew, Susan Sontag, who introduced the term "fascinating fascism" into the international print media. This seems to hold true for post-Soviet Russia.
Mass production of books, picture books, videos, CD’s, all portraying the German point of view, i.e., the reasoning of the German army and its millions of eastern European volunteers, aligns with Russian revisionism. To point out three illustrious examples from the spring/summer of 2002:
Compilation, print and distribution of such literature have an important prerequisite in Russia: the lack of political correctness. Wolfgang Kasack, Germany’s leading authority on Slavic Peoples, remarks:
"Today, there is no state censorship, everybody can acquire books on world religions and philosophies of all colours, everybody can say, write or print whatever his conviction may be. The past ordeals of authors, having to consider whether their text might infringe their or their family’s security due to political duress, or whether their typescript would pass either the editor’s office or censorship, are obsolete." (Novalis 1/2 2002)
Two years ago, the St. Petersburg’s organisers of the International Documentary Film Festival presented Leni Riefenstahl’s soundtrack "Triumph des Willens" (1934) along with the Olympic epos "Fest der Völker" and "Fest der Schönheit" (1936). The Russian public spent minute-long standing ovations. The Riefenstahl films made their continuous debut. Only a few gazettes in Moscow criticized the St. Petersburg Riefenstahl fans. In this case, the liberal progeny of the Stalinist anti-Fascist movement lost their sovereignty over gist, and terrain over common sense. This point remains valid in spite of mounting cemetery desecrations. In June of this year, anonymous persons violated the cemetery for German POWs in Krasnogorsk near Moscow, whereupon the city council filed a criminal complaint. On the other hand, young Russian patriots are committed to the inauguration of German military cemeteries, as happened in Smolensk.
Over an extended period of time, the Anti-Defamation-League in the USA, the Centre for Antifascism in Moscow, the Wiesenthal Centre in Paris, the Jewish Society of the Russian Federation and multibillionaire George Soros’ Moscow "Open Society" prepared a bill entitled "Countermeasures to Extremist Actions" (o protivodeystwiy ekstremistkoi deyatelynosti) which landed on the agenda of the members of the Duma and in the Federal Council. The reading lasted the entire summer. On August 1st the law passed parliament. The publisher of the Guenther omni-book, Vladimir Awdejew, exclaimed:
"This law does not apply to us. The opus can already be purchased nation-wide, the Russian Institute for Anthropology welcomed the edition and ordered a larger quantity."
Three years ago, a similar bill was discussed in the Duma. From the very beginning, the communist fraction resisted the extremist bill, because in it they foresaw an attempt of public denunciation and state oppression of leftist opposition. Their member of parliament, Vladimir Ryshkov decreed that military action would suffice in containing juvenile extremism. The coordinator of that fraction feared that such a "spongy paragraph" would allow "any local village official" to accuse undesirable individuals or groups of extremism. The strongest "no" came from one of the very first human rightist, the Jewess Valeriya Novodvorskaya, who leads a non-parliamentary oppositional party, the so-called Demosojus (Democratic Bond). "There is no change in Russia" judges the old lady of the dissidents of the sixties. "One had a scaffold, one had a hangman’s axe and there are always plenty of necks."
Proponents of the law argue that the bill is not directed against parties or opinions, but principally against "fascist skinheads". The German newspaper correspondents in Moscow, Kerstin Holm from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Jens Hartmann from Die Welt agree. According to Uwe Klußmann from Der Spiegel (American equivalent to "Time Magazine"), the skinheads’ favourite lecture is Mein Kampf, which can be bought anywhere in Moscow, and: they fight to kill, their victims being mainly dark-skinned. (24/2002).
Ms. Holm states "wealthy clans" promulgated "fascist deeds," which were gaining popularity thanks to "martial, anti-intellectual traditions." Holms’ insinuation of "wealthy clans" supporting fascist skinheads seems credible, since the Moscow Justice Department simply confiscated the rented institutional building from the "grand captain of capitalism" (Holm on Soros). Soros was quite literally thrown out; he lost his Centre for Global Propaganda and Neo-Liberal Education in the heart of Moscow.
Univermag building before the war and today. In this building
One argument the Soros people have (they’re maintaining student homes, libraries, and colleges) is that the military supports fascist skinheads. Actually, the special police force Omon (Otryad Miliziy Osobogo Nasmatsheniye) teaches young workers and juveniles of various national patriotic parties and movements. The armed wing of the Ministry of Internal Affaires has great interest in efficiently trained paramilitary recruits, and this is no secret in Putin’s Russia. Thus, Omon officers train their recruits for close combat every Tuesday and Thursday in the Omon Complex in the Tallinn Street. Free of charge. Nobody contradicts this ever since the boulevard gazette Moskovski Komsomolets published an extensive report of this event on May 1st of this year.
According to the right-wing opposition, the law in question is the revenge of the Marxist cosmopolitan left for the collapse of communism. In their fight for historic relativity, the pursuers of extremists have taken blows. A wave of "fascinating fascism" is thundering against the predominance of anti-Fascist paradigms. The Rammstein affair best illustrates this phenomenon. A corresponding hard rock band from Germany played in the Moscow’s Mammut Super Bowl before more than one hundred thousand fans coming all the way from Vladivostok and Irkutsk via airplane. Impartial Russian reporters mentioned that fascinated people wrote the word Rammstein in Cyrillic script onto Metro stations. Why?
Rammstein stands for ‘Fascist’ video-clips and stage performances, per the left-wing radical German newspaper taz. The "Pathos-Rockers" from Rammstein, according to Der Spiegel, worship a so-called "superior race aesthetic, in the very same mania as the Nazi-illuminated Leni Riefenstahl did." (28/2002).
Enter the advent of Stalingrad’s Friedrich Paulus.
© Aug. 11, 2002
Stalin’s War Effort
The Russian ‘Historikerstreit’ (row of historians) is gaining momentum. While Vladimir Dmitrev from the Moscow Cultural Film Channel shows never before seen documentaries lasting entire evenings concerning the active support between the Wehrmacht and the population of the USSR, war historian Andrey Cherkassov ascertains the validity of the German pre-emptive strike, whereby the astounding part being that Cherkassov is a member of the Communist Party in Russia. He does not belong to the growing number of historical revisionists, but his internet contribution on the home-page of the Pravda sustains the central thesis of the revisionists claim: long before June 22, 1941, Stalin was preparing a war of aggression against Germany.
Cherkassov, resident of Wolgograd, attacked a broadcast from Radio Rossiy, which mentioned that Stalin did not believe his foreign agents and was thus taken by "Barbarossa" completely by surprise. This is an absolute lie, so Cherkassov:
"As far back as 1927, Stalin wrote about the inevitability of a war. Since 1927 Stalin invested one-half of the entire Russian revenue into the military. Yes, Stalin prepared his troops for final victory. Long before the beginning of the war, he called his sons to himself and told them: soon there will be war and you will be soldiers. On April 7th Franz Halder noted in his diary, ‘an analysis of the Russian military concentration compels us to consider that their troops are capable of performing an offensive strike at any time’." (http://pravda.ru/main/2002/06/1142496.html)
Russian historians like Suvorov, Meltyuckov, Danilov, Sokolov, searching for the causes of the war, agree on exactly this point. The communist Cherkassov does not object; Stalin was planning to ambush Germany, that’s his message. Vladimir Malyshev (author) and Vladimir Dmitrev’s (producer) destruction of the legend of the "Great Fatherland War" is a calculated paradigm breach. Following the German invasion, the majority of the population felt liberated and sought revenge. German soldiers were not only embraced as liberators in the Ukraine, but also in the Baltic States and Belarus, receiving as token bread and salt, and in the western part of central Russia itself – this is at any rate the notion of the film. The real enemy was neither Germany nor its Wehrmacht, nor the occupancy, but the communist regime all the more so, since victims of Stalin’s terror were exhumed under the protection of German guns. This film, sponsored by the independent Gosfilmfonds, shows disturbing scenes from Lvov liberated by German troops in July 1941, and photographed spontaneously by German soldiers. "Propaganda lies" is the term the two Russian film producers apply to the official version of the NKVD massacre in Lvov.
It’s quite a subversive film in the eyes of those historians and politicians, who regularly celebrate the triumph of the "Great Fatherland War" on May 9th.
In the era of the GPU, Stalin read the novels of Dostoyevski, drew caricatures and wrote comments on the books’ covers. The historian Boris Ilisarov comments on this in his newly published manuscript In Stalin. A Portrait from his Library and Archives, one finds indications that Stalin wanted to launch the "final solution of the Jewish question" by public mass executions on the Red Square (p. 142).
The philosopher and historian Alexej Kara-Mursa, a national liberal reform proponent, close to the "Bond for Rightist Power", demonstrates Stalin’s anti-Semitic, Jew deploring character in his essay in the Literaturnaya gazeta. Stalin wanted to rid the world of the Jewish question (jevreiski vopros), identical to the foul cosmopolitism as he saw it, the same way as Hitler did, so Kara-Mursa. He mentioned the great purge, where the elite of international-Leninist Jewry was liquidated. It was not Stalin who won the Soviet-German war, but the Russian people, who returned to their national religious fundaments. The popular Russian intellectual and author leaves no doubt in his essay published in the Literaturnaya gazeta on January 23, 2002, that Stalin was the biggest criminal who ever lived.
Despite all criticism on Putin’s western policies – there is freedom of thought in Russia, quite in contrast to Germany and other western European nations. No forbidden discussions, no forbidden publishing. No suppression of historical revisionism. There is freedom for the Russian Noltes and Hoffmanns and no criminalization for the GULag lie, the ideological pendant to another "lie". Workuta and White See Canalisation, Treblinka and Lubyanka, Solovetski and Vinnitsa, Auschwitz and Katyn, Norylsk, Kingir, Karaganda, the Bartholomew’s Night of Yektarinburg: all open in Russia for historic evaluation.
On January 26 and 27, 2002, an International Revisionist Congress took place in Moscow, where celebrities like Alexander Sinovjev, Roger Garaudy, Michael Piper, Oleg Platonov along with David Duke, Jürgen Graf, Fred Toben, Ahmed Rami, Boris Mironov, Russ Granata, Mikhael Kusnetsov, Richard Krege, René-Louis Berelaz, and Christopher Bolyn gave speeches. The publishing team of the Encyclopaedia Russian Civilisation was the organiser, the ensuing discussion was held in the Humanitarian Social Academy. Russian philosophers and sociologists term the Bolshevist seizure of power as the "greatest catastrophe of the occidental culture in the 20th century". (Nikolai Simakov: "The Russian Golgatha is the martyrdom of all Christians. Since 1917, no real Christian monarchs exist in Europe any more, no nobility, no statesmen, they’re all but merchants."). St. Petersburg’s philosopher Lyubomudrov condemns the capitalistic globalisation, being a facade of western liberalism and in this context cites Polish-American Zbginiew Brzezinski, the secret eminence of the American world strategy: "A good Russia is a Russia which does not exist." This hatred of the Russian people is "satanic" says Prof. Ljubomudrov.
"Here you’ll find the anti-Russian genocide, which has been in progress for a long time."
© June 25, 2002
First published in Vierteljahreshefte für freie Geschichtsforschung, 6(4) (2002), pp. 394-397. Translated by Fabian Eschen, James M. Damon, Harald Hortig, and Hans Rummel.
Source: The Revisionist 1(4) (2003), pp. 366-372.
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