Lavr Georgiyevich Kornilov – one of the best and the brightest generals in the Russian Imperial Army (who unsuccessfully tried to crush the Bolsheviks in the summer of 1917) coined probably the best definition of Bolshevism:
Bolshevism is a murderous cocktail made by mixing raw Russian vodka with the Marxist moonshine
In other words, Bolshevism was nothing but a quite old (but not good at all) Russian messianism as it had exactly the same objectives (to destroy the human civilization as we know it and replace it with a global totalitarian state with Moscow as its capital and the Russian dictator as its head). And thus was based essentially on the same “Third Rome” concept with only minor differences.
The only difference (and not that significant one actually) was that the “old” Russian messianism was based on the Russian Christianity (a heretical paganized distortion of genuine orthodox Christian faith) while Bolshevism was based on a different religion (yes, Marxism is essentially a neo-pagan quasi-religion). Which actually had a lot in common with Christianity.
Consequently, the Nazis were dead wrong – there was no such a thing as Judeo-Bolshevism. There was simply Bolshevism, which was nothing but Russo-Marxism which not only had nothing to do with Judaism and Jewishness but was actually sworn enemy of both.
There were at least two fundamental and irreconcilable differences between the two (serious enough to start a war). First, Judaism and Jewishness are fiercely nationalist – actually, more nationalist than any other ideology, religion and nation (after all, they claim that the Jews have been chosen by God Himself and thus are way superior to any other nation).
Second, Marxism is all about class struggle – a total anathema to Judaism and Jewishness that demand harmony and cooperation among all Jews – regardless of belonging to a certain social group.
Not surprisingly, Judaism and Jews were among the first victims of Bolsheviks and suffered deep and extensive persecutions during the whole period of the Soviet rule (I will talk about that in detail in the chapter on the Holocaust).
True, many Soviet Leaders (Trotsky, Kamenev, Zinoviev, Yagoda, Kaganovich – to name only a few) were genetic Jews; however, they were Marxist, atheist and internationalists and thus – according to the rules of Judaism – were not the members of the Jewish community (i.e. not Jews).
Hence, although the Nazis were right that Bolshevism presented an existential threat to Germany, Europe and the whole Western civilization and that some nation was involved, they were totally and completely wrong about the nation in question.
It was not the Jews; it was the Russians. Consequently, although the Nazis were, indeed, fighting the existential war, they were fighting it not with the “Jewish race” (that did not exist), but with the Russian nation.
And the nature of that existential war was far more complex than they thought. Actually, it was a total misunderstanding of the nature of this war that ultimately cost the Nazis their war, their state and for many – their very lives.