WW2 – War between the Serial Mass Murderers

Mass Grave

Mainstream historians claim (incorrectly) that the Second World War was about noble and valiant homicide cops (Great Britain, the Soviet Union, the USA and their allies) fighting serial mass murderers – Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and their allies.

The reality, however, was very, very different. In reality, not two, but six mass murderers were roaming Europe and the Pacific Asia between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Cold War: Great Britain, the Soviet Union, the USA, Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and Croatia.

Another mass murderer was Ottoman Turkey (it massacred over 1.5. million Armenians). It operated mostly during the Great War in 1915-16 (although some mass murders were committed before and after that period). Croatia operated in 1941-44 (during the Ustaše regime which killed around 300,000 Serbs).

Most of these serial mass murders (mass murders carried out during long periods of time) were democides. Victims (almost always unarmed civilians) were killed because they belonged to a specific nationality (e.g. Jews, Armenians or Serbs) or a social group (e.g. rich peasants, aristocrats, intellectuals, etc.).

The distinctive feature of a democide is that the victims were killed not for what they did (or did not do), but because of who they were. However, some of the victims were political opponents of the regime in the corresponding country.

The longest active and the most prolific (see below) serial mass murderer was the Soviet Union. It operated for thirty years – from 1917 to 1947. It was definitely the most prolific in terms of giving birth to other serial mass murderers.

While Nazi Germany created just one – Croatia (other allies of the Third Reich were essentially its accomplices), the Soviet Union created at least nine – Communist China, North Korea (the latter is very much active today), Poland, Czechoslovakia and Romania (who in addition to murdering political opponents killed around two million Germans in 1945-1950), Yugoslavia (where victorious Communists massacred their political opponents as well as German and Croatian civilians), North Vietnam, Cambodia (the infamous Khmer Rouge regime) and Communist Cuba.

Nazi Germany operated as mass murderer during World War II – from 1939 to 1945, although the overwhelming majority of victims were killed between June 1941 and March 1945 – during the war on the Eastern front with the Soviet Union and partisans (guerilla fighters) in East European countries.

Imperial Japan operated in this capacity between 1937 (the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War) and 1945. The Japanese mass murderers killed about six million (estimates vary from three to ten million) Chinese, Koreans, Malaysians, Indonesians, Filipinos, Indochinese and Western prisoners of war. War crimes historians appropriately call this wholesale slaughter “the Asian Holocaust”.

The United States and Great Britain committed mass murders (by savage aerial bombing) in 1943-45 in Germany and in 1944-45 in Japan (the latter crimes were committed exclusively by the Yankees).

Although some of their victims were “collateral damage” incurred during aerial attacks on military installations and production facilities, the Allies deliberately targeted civilian population. Which made their activities a mass murder indeed.

Nazi Germany committed two mass murders – the Holocaust (extermination of Jews and Roma people in Nazi-controlled Europe) and mass murder of civilians in anti-guerilla warfare on German-occupied territories.

The first mass murder resulted in the estimated death toll of about six million; the second – about four million. Which makes the cumulative number of victims a staggering ten million human lives (another estimate is 11 million).

The Soviet Union in 1917-1947 committed the following horrific mass murders:

  1. Red Terror during the Civil War in Russia (1918-22) – 1.5 million dead
  2. Forced Collectivization in the Soviet Union (1929-35) – 700,000 victims
  3. Holodomor – artificial famine (“Holocaust by hunger”). About two million Ukrainians lost their lives and additional two million perished in other areas affected by the famine – Northern Caucasus, Volga Region and Kazakhstan. Which brings the total death toll to at least about 4 million
  4. GULag (1930-53) – the immense Soviet system of labor prison camps. About 1.5 million victims (overwhelmingly innocent of any crimes) died during their detention in these camps or right after they were released. Most deaths occurred before or during the World War II
  5. Great Terror which mostly happened in 1936-38 although some victims were killed before that time period (as early as in late 1920s) or after (even after the end of WW2). About 2 million citizens of the Soviet Union lost their lives
  6. Deportation of whole nations in the Soviet Union (mostly in 1941-49). About 1.4 million died. Additional 2.5 million died during deportation of innocent German civilians from East Prussia and the Eastern Europe (engineered by Stalin and executed by his puppets in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, etc.)

Which brings the total death toll from mass murders committed by the Bolshevist Soviet Union to a whopping 16.6 million. 50% more than the number of people (innocent civilians) killed by the Nazis.

It is very important to note that ethnic Germans have been brutally murdered by the Soviets and their puppets right when the Nazi leaders have been tried for exactly the same crimes in Nuremberg… by the Soviets.

The Soviet Union established the (initially) puppet Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, Asia and subsequently in Africa and in Central America. Consequently, it would be more than appropriate to add to this (already enormous) death toll the number of innocent civilians killed by these regimes. At least 3 million in Communist China, 1.6 million in North Korea, 2 million in Cambodia, 300,000 in Vietnam, 100,000 in Laos, 100,000 in East Germany, 100,000 in Bulgaria, 100,000 in Yugoslavia, 100,000 in Cuba.

Consequently, the Bolshevist Soviet Union is directly or indirectly responsible for the murder of 23.8 million people about twice as many deaths of innocent civilians (mercilessly murdered by Communists in the Soviet Union and its satellites). In other words, for twice the number of victims of Nazis and their puppet regimes.

British and American mass murderers are responsible for a far smaller death toll – they murdered (by aerial bombardment) “only” 600,000 German civilians and 800,000 Japanese (which results in a combined death toll of 1.4 million).

About eight times less than the German one and seventeen times less than the Soviet one. However, the criminal justice system in civilized nations does not differentiate between a serial killer who killed four victims and the one who killed forty-four.

In both cases, the penalty is exactly the same – death (where capital punishment is on the books and actually administered) or LWOP – life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Consequently, World War II was essentially the war between two teams of serial mass murderers – the team of Jack the Ripper, Andrei Chikatilo and the Zodiac and the team of Fritz Haarmann and Shoko Asahara.

 

Why Did God Allow Nazis to Exterminate Six Million Jews?

Six million of His chosen people have been shot or gassed – a mass murder of truly monstrous proportions that could have been easily prevented. But God did not save His chosen people. Why?

For the very same reason – God respects the human Freedom of Will unless the very existence of the Christian civilization is at stake. True, Holocaust was a horrible crime against humanity, but it did not constitute an existential threat to the Church and the Christian civilization. So He did not intervene.  

 

 

Myth: The Holocaust Was the Only Genocide of the XX Century

Or at least the only one worth remembering (hence there is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th but no Genocides Remembrance Day). There is an impression implicitly spread by thousands of books and millions of papers, articles, blog posts, etc. on the Holocaust.

True, the Holocaust was a monstrous crime against humanity. In some aspects, probably the worst crime of its kind in the XX century (maybe even in the whole human history).

However, it was not the only such crime in the previous century (which could be rightfully labeled “the genocide age”). In fact, the XX century witnessed not one, but seventeen genocides and democides (mass murders of individuals belonging to a certain demographic group):

  1. Armenian genocide in Turkey (1915-16). In 1915, the Ottoman Empire was at war with Russia that also had a sizable Armenian population. All-Muslim Turkish government considered the Armenian citizens of Turkey the Russian ‘fifth column’ and a major security threat. Whether there was such a threat, is debatable but even if it was, the decision of the Turkish government to exterminate allof its 2 million Armenians was way out of proportion. The ‘Young Turks’ ended up killing 1.5 million – or three out of four Armenians. 25 years later, the Nazis used the same faulty reasoning (actually, much more faulty) to arrive at the similar ‘final solution’ of the ‘Jewish question’
  2. Red Terror during the Civil War in Russia (1918 – 1922). The Bolsheviks conducted the brutal policy of democide, exterminating the whole social groups (businessmen, intellectuals, wealthy peasants, etc.). However, they also committed acts of genocide, murdering about 500,000 Cossacks (not surprisingly, in WWII the latter overwhelmingly supported Hitler). An estimated 1.5 million Russians perished in the Red Terror. To be honest, the opponents of Bolsheviks conducted their own ‘White Terror’, killing about 100,000 Jews and tens of thousands Russians.
  3. Forced Collectivization in the Soviet Union (1929 – 1935) which included deportation of the whole social group of wealthy farmers (the ‘kulaks’) to the inhospitable areas of Siberia, Kazakhstan, etc. About 700,000 died as the result.
  4. Holodomor in Ukraine (1933) – the artificial famine that Stalin and his cronies used to eliminate the (mostly imaginary) Ukrainian resistance movement. Resistance to Stalin’s dictatorship, that is. The death toll was around 3 million (more than that of Operation Reinhard)
  5. Great Terror in the Soviet Union (1936 – 1938). It was essentially a Great Purge of the Communist Party, Soviet government, Red Army and security services (NKVD and GUGB) from actual, potential and perceived opponents of Joseph Stalin who used it to obtain the absolute power and to become essentially the ‘Red Emperor’. About 1 million citizens of the Soviet Union lost their lives.
  6. Gulag system of forced labor camps in the Soviet Union (1930 – 1953). Estimated death toll – 1 million. Slave labor was the key tool of the ‘industrialization’ of the Soviet Union in 1929 – 1939 and in rebuilding of the Soviet economy after the World War II.
  7. Asian Holocaust’ (1937 – 1945). During the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II, the Japanese military committed numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity which were often way worse than those of the Nazis. It is estimated that the Japanese have murdered around 6 million of Chinese, Taiwanese, Singaporeans, Malaysians, Indonesians, Koreans, Filipinos and Indochinese, and others, including Western prisoners of war. Making it exactly the ‘Asian Holocaust’ – in terms of the death toll (only the methods were much more brutal)
  8. Deportation of whole nations in the Soviet Union (1941 – 1949 mostly; although ethnic cleansing under the Bolshevik regime began in 1929). Around 3.3 million were deported to Siberia and other inhospitable regions and about 1.4 million died.
  9. Mass murder of Soviet POWs by Germans (1941 – 1942). Death toll – 3.5 million. Holocaust was not the only mass murder committed by the Nazis; the tragic death of about 60% of Soviet POWs definitely qualifies as one. Regardless of whether it was the result of a criminal neglect or a deliberate extermination policy or (more likely) a bit of both, the Nazis are still responsible for this horrible crimes against humanity.
  10. Mass murder of civilians in anti-guerilla warfare on German-occupied territories of the Soviet Union and other nations (1939 – 1944). Estimated death toll – 4 million. This is still another crime against humanity perpetrated by the Nazis.
  11. Allied firebombing of Germany (1943 – 1945). Both USAF and RAF deliberately targeted civilians – in blatant and brutal violation of the Hague convention on the laws of warfare, killing (mostly by burning alive) an estimated 600,000 No one was ever prosecuted for these crimes.
  12. U.S. firebombing of Japan (March – August 1945), including nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Estimated death toll – 800,000 (equal to the number of victims in the Treblinka concentration camp). It took the USAF half as much time as the Nazis to claim the same number of victims. Again, no one was ever prosecuted for these crimes.
  13. Expulsion of Germans from Eastern Europe (1945 – 1950). 12 million deported to Germany and up to 2.5 million brutally killed (exceeding the death toll of Operation Reinhard). These horrible crimes against humanity were being committed right parallel to the infamous Nuremberg farce, where Nazis were being tried for essentially the same crimes that the Allies and their puppets were committing.
  14. Democide in Communist North Korea (1948 – 1987). Death toll: over 1.6 million. Other estimates run as high as 3.5 million. Persecutions and murder of ‘enemies of the people’ continue to this day.
  15. ‘Cultural Revolution’ in China (1966 – 1976). Death toll – 3 million (more than perished in Operation Reinhard). 36 million more were persecuted (beaten, imprisoned, sent to forced labor camps, exiled to rural areas, etc.). Large-scale human rights abuses are still a part of a supposedly modern China.
  16. Khmer Rouge democide in Cambodia (1975 – 1979). Death toll – 2 million (about 25% of the total population). Pol Pot and his cronies would have killed a lot more, but, fortunately, the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia in 1979 and quickly put an end to the Khmer Rouge bloody dictatorship and its crimes.
  17. Tutsi genocide in Rwanda (1994). In just three months (April – July) about 1 million Tutsis (the same number of Jews have been killed in Auschwitz in three years) have been killed in unspeakably brutal ways. This massacre could have easily been prevented but neither the UN, nor any major power (Britain, France, the USA, etc.) cared a damn. It seems that nothing has changed in half a century.

Consequently, selecting just one of these genocides and democides for the International Remembrance Day is a loud and clear insult of the victims of these other mass murders. Because it implicitly declares that Jewish lives are more valuable and important than lives of individuals of other nations and nationalities.

Which is Nazism – plain and simple.

 

 

Could Ordinary Germans Have Stopped the Holocaust?

As I have said in the Introduction, most (if not practically all) books on the history of Nazi Germany are not history (in the scientific sense). They are propaganda – plain and simple.

Propaganda that has one (but not the only one, of course) objective (usually implicit). To program a feeling of deep guilt into the subconscious minds of Germans. To make them feel guilty about horrifying (truly horrifying) crimes committed by certain Nazis (not all Nazis were guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity – or any crimes, for that matter).

To create (and maintain) this feeling of guilt, this propaganda machine (quite powerful, actually) uses certain statements about historic events. One of these statements sounds something like that:

The German public opinion (i.e. ordinary Germans) managed to stop the T4 euthanasia program (mass murder of mentally and severely physically ill patients). Therefore, had the ordinary Germans protested against persecution and murder of Jews, and other Nazi war crimes and crimes against humanity, Nazis would have been forced to stop committing these crimes.

As there were no protests against these crimes, all Germans must share the blame for the Holocaust and other Nazi crimes. Because they could have stopped these crimes – but chose not to do it

Unfortunately for propaganda workers, all parts of this statement are completely wrong. Hundred percent.

First, unlike the Holocaust (more precisely, the Final Solution to the Jewish Question) the T4 “involuntary euthanasia” program was no secret to the German public. Nazis tried to keep it secret, of course (because they knew that both the general public and the Christian Church will be shocked and appalled by it), but failed miserably.

Mostly for a very simple reason – all killings took place in Greater Germany – in Germany proper and in Austria and hence were highly visible. The Holocaust (both Einsatzgruppen activities and the extermination camps) happened far, far away from the Reich – on the occupied territories of Poland (mostly) and of the Soviet Union.

Hence, all Germans but a very small number of actual murderers had practically no information about these crimes. Except rumors.

It is easy to protest against what you know is happening; it is impossible to protest against rumors.  Which can be easily attributed to exaggerations, clever enemy propaganda, etc.

Sure, ordinary Germans saw that Jews were rounded up, put on trains and shipped… somewhere. But they have been assured by Nazi authorities that Jews were moved to detention centers because they posed a major security risk. And as Americans and British did the same with some of their residents – Nazis seemingly did nothing of the ordinary. There was no indication whatsoever that Jews were taken away to be murdered.

Second, although there were public protests against Aktion T4, they did not stop this program (Nazis pretty much ignored these protests). The very vocal protests of the Christian Church (Protestant and Catholic) did.

Third, although Hitler did end Aktion T4 on 24 August 1941, he did it only after the Nazis reached the projected death toll of roughly 70,000 patients. So in reality the end (suspension, actually) of this program had little to do with protests – Nazis simply achieved their objectives.

And, finally, the program, in fact, was not even suspended (let alone ended). Killings continued in Greater Germany, albeit less systematically, on a much smaller scale and in complete secrecy. As well as on occupied territories of Poland (at least 16,000 patients were killed) and of the Soviet Union.

The only crime against humanity visible to the ordinary Germans was the pre-Holocaust persecution of Jews in 1933-41. However, anyone who considered protesting against this crime (and it was, indeed, a crime) had to do it in the environment of (a) very successful economic and social reforms that radically improved material and emotional well-being – and life in general – of all ordinary Germans; (2) overwhelming and omnipresent Nazi propaganda and (3) a powerful, ruthless and omnipresent repressive system (Gestapo, SD, SS, SA, security police, etc.).

To protest against the persecution of Jews in this environment, one had to be a genuine saint (of which in any nation there is only a truly miniscule number). And it would be highly unreasonable (and very unfair) to demand genuine sainthood from ordinary Germans (or from any other nation, for that matter).

And persecution of Jews (and their subsequent elimination from Europe one way or the other) was so fundamentally important to Nazis that they would have ruthlessly and brutally suppressed any protest – no matter how large-scale.

True, on March 1st, 1943 hundreds of German women protested on the Rosenstrasse street of Berlin against the arrest of about 2,000 Jewish men (mostly wives of these Jews)… and Goebbels himself (the Nazi gauleiter of Berlin) personally ordered the release of all but 25 Jews.

But by that time almost all German Jews have already been killed either by Einsatzgruppen or in the extermination camps so the release of these Jews was not a big deal for the Nazis.