Crushing the Opposition to the Nazis

SABy itself, elimination of political opposition by the leaders of the country committed to making a Quantensprung of the magnitude that the Third Reich had to make, is not a crime.

It is actually a necessity as country leaders are facing problems and challenges of such an enormous magnitude that they simply can not afford any opposition. Hence it is no surprise that no quantum leap of a comparable scale (comparable to Nazi Germany that is) was achieved in a democracy.

It has been achieved by either a ruthless dictatorship (Soviet Union – twice, Nazi Germany, China, South Korea, Taiwan, etc.) or under occupation administration (post-WW2 Germany and Japan).

Democracy works (sometimes well, sometimes not so much) during periods of stability; in the times of a severe crisis (especially existential crisis) it can be outright deadly. During those times only the ruthless dictatorship can save the nation in question. In other words, to prevent the country from being destroyed, one must destroy the opposition.

Using the optimal tools and methods. Including deportation and even internment (under house arrest, in jail or even in a concentration camp) of leaders of opposition and other individuals deemed by the security agencies to be a threat to the Quantensprung. And unlike in the democratic environment, during the times of crisis it is far better to “over-detain” than to “under-detain”.

Consequently, annihilation of the opposition by the Nazis was criminal (although nowhere as criminal as the one committed by Stalin and his henchmen at exactly the same time) not because of their objective (which was absolutely necessary for the very survival of Germany), but because of the tools and methods that were used. Tools and methods that were far more brutal, murderous and criminal than necessary.

I will cover in sufficient detail the whole Nazi project of eliminating the opposition (including the infamous Night of the Long Knives) in the chapter devoted to Hitler’s crimes. In this section I will only briefly cover the four key tools used by the Nazis – the Sturmabteilung (SA) paramilitaries, secret political police (Gestapo), detention centers (concentration camps) and special political courts (Sondergerichte).

Contrary to a popular misconception, in just about all their peacetime endeavors (with the exception of those related to their “racial” and “Jewish” questions) were highly pragmatic.

Consequently, they understood that (a) positive motivation was far more powerful than the negative one; and (b) an ounce of prevention (of anti-Nazi activities) is far more valuable than a ton of punishment.

Hence in their management of their German subject they put emphasis on positive stimuli (i.e. on propaganda and actually caring for the German people by identifying their needs) rather than on a negative one (fear of being punished by the Nazis).

And the fundamental objective of their political repression system was to prevent anti-Nazi activities from happening in the first place rather than to punish the “wrongdoers”.

Consequently, the primary function of the SA (until they were relegated to political oblivion in July 1934), Gestapo, concentration camps and special courts was intimidation, not punishment of actual or potential political opponents.

Historians generally agree that these instruments of intimidation (especially the much-feared Sondergerichte) performed their functions very well and had a strong deterrent effect against active opposition to the Nazis. The latter appears to be was sufficiently intimidated through psychological terror to refrain from active (or even passive) resistance to the Nazis.

The Sturmabteilung (SA) was the only “terror and intimidation” tool (and a very efficient one at that) used by the Nazis prior to their acquisition of absolute power in the end March of 1933.

Nazi stormtroopers beat up their political opponents; prevented, disrupted and dispersed meetings and rallies; attacked and destroyed the premises (headquarters and branches) of political parties; kidnapped and detained opposition activists (by the time Nazis came to power, the SA operated a vast network of illegal detention centers).

After the Nazis had obtained the absolute (plenary) powers in Germany after the Reichstag Fire Decree and especially the Enabling Act became laws, they no longer needed the SA to suppress the opposition. Now they had the whole law enforcement system of Germany (police, prosecutors, the courts and the penitentiary system) to do this job for them.

Actually, this was the primary reason for the spectacular fall of the SA in 1934 – they simply had nothing to do any more. Their last valuable contribution to Nazi cause was made weeks before the Enabling Act – just before the March 1933 elections (the last multi-party elections in a unified Germany until 1990).

The SA unleashed a nationwide campaign of violence against the Communists, Social Democrats, other left-wingers, trade unionists and even the centrists. Which, however, did not achieve the desired outcome – Nazis still got only 44% of the votes (still short of an absolute majority).

After the Night of the Long Knives when just about all SA leaders were either murdered or incarcerated, SA functions were reduced to just one – attacks on the Jews.

For over four years, the Brownshirts were the main perpetrators of anti-Jewish violence which culminated on the infamous Kristallnacht in November of 1938.

After the murder of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath on November 7th by Herschel Grynszpan (a Polish Jew), the SA were used for “spontaneous demonstrations” against this very much terrorist act (which, however, does not justify the subsequent pogrom at all).

In very violent riots, the stormtroopers shattered the glass storefronts of about 7,500 Jewish stores and businesses (hence the name Kristallnacht – “Crystal Night”) given to the events. Jewish homes were ransacked throughout Germany.

Members of the SA and SS (and a lot of “ordinary Germans” who participated in the event en masse) damaged and in many cases destroyed, about 200 synagogues (nearly all Germany had), dozens of Jewish cemeteries, more than 7,000 Jewish shops, and 29 department stores. Dozens of Jews were beaten to death and more than 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and taken to now very much legal concentration camps (just about all of them were soon released).

Thereafter, the SA predictably became overshadowed by the SS, and by 1939 had little (if any) remaining significance in the Nazi Party and in the Third Reich in general.

Hitler as Military Commander (3)

IMG_0347The trillion-Reichsmark (and a million-lives) question was how to achieve this fundamental objective. In other words, how to win this existential war (and what exactly would this victory look like).

In all campaigns (except the British and the North African ones) the path to victory was crystal clear. Destroy (in a lightning-fast war) a sufficient chunk of armed forces of the opponent, occupy sufficient territory and create a sufficiently clear and present threat (for which there were no countermeasures) to force the adversary to unconditionally surrender to the victorious Wehrmacht.

In the Soviet Union none of the above was possible. For a very simple reason – both the damn country and its armed forces were so damn huge. Enormous. Gargantuan. In addition, its management system (built by Joseph Stalin – also an organizational genius) was highly resilient to external shocks – even of an enormous magnitude.

Hence, Adolf Hitler launched the attack on the Soviet Union without any clear idea how to achieve victory (in other words, how to end the war on his terms). “Destruction of the Red Army” that Adolf Hitler stated as the key objective of Operation Barbarossa (even over the achievement of specific terrain objectives) did not qualify as such.

For the Red Army (that was preparing for its own attack – on Germany) had at its disposal fourteen million men. A complete destruction of the army of such an enormous size even for a four-million Wehrmacht was a pure fantasy.

Especially given the fact that the enormous size of the USSR gave it plenty of room for retreat (this is how Kutuzov defeated another would-be conqueror of Russia – Napoleon Bonaparte). And, of course, an unlimited (for all practical purposes) conscription potential of an almost 200-million strong population of the Soviet Union.

Incredibly, unlike in his previous victorious campaigns, Adolf Hitler had no plans of how to force the Soviet leadership to sign the peace treaty on his terms (i.e. the reincarnation of sorts of the Brest-Litovsk Treaty of 1918 between the Soviet Russia and the Central Powers). Let alone of forcing an unconditional surrender of the Red Army.

His other – criminal – fundamental objective did not help (to put it mildly). The “Lebensraum in the East” objective was a very broad, general and highly abstract idea; consequently, it required a detailed plan for its implementation – what needs to be done, why and how.

In 1940, exactly such a plan (dubbed Generalplan Ost) was prepared by a team led by SS-Standartenführer Dr. Hans Ehlich and SS-Oberführer Dr. Konrad Meyer. The latter was (not surprisingly) an economist and the Chief of the Planning Office of Reich Commission for the Strengthening of Germandom (an organization within the SS). The former was (rather surprisingly) a medical doctor. The work was commissioned (unsurprisingly) by Reich Main Security Office (RSHA).

Development of Generalplan Ost had been preceded by the Ostforschung, a number of studies and research projects carried out over several years by various academic centers to provide the necessary raw data.

The full text of the plan has been discovered in German archives only in the 1980s and reads like a very bad, very bloody and very apocalyptic horror fantasy novel. It entailed the enslavement, expulsion, and mass murder of most Slavic peoples (and substantial parts of the Baltic peoples) in Europe along with planned destruction of their nations, whom the ‘Aryan’ Nazis viewed as racially inferior.

Generalplan Ost called for the removal of 45 million non-Germanizable people from Central and Eastern Europe, of whom 31 million were “racially undesirable”, 100% of Jews, Poles (85%), Lithuanians (85%), Belorussians (75%) and Ukrainians (65%), to West Siberia.

About 14 million were to remain, but were to be forced to work as slaves of up to 10 million Germans who would be settled in Lebensraum freed from the “inferior races”.

Fortunately, this “mass murder manifesto” never left the planning stage. It was never officially adopted as guidelines for governing the occupied territories – let alone put into practice.

There is no indication that any of the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the occupied territories in the East, were in any way related to the plan. Likewise, there is no evidence that Adolf Hitler or his military commanders in the East were even aware of its existence (although Heinrich Himmler and his lieutenants obviously were).

The plan was obviously insane (from functional perspective, of course, although it does raise serious questions about the mental health of its authors). Any sane military commander or administrator would have immediately pointed out that its implementation would result only an all-out guerilla warfare in the occupied territories in question.

Warfare that German occupation army could only lose (as it failed to win guerilla wars of a much smaller magnitude in Poland, Yugoslavia, Greece and in the Soviet Union).

The plan was supposedly secret but apparently not secret enough because the Soviet propaganda machine very successfully used its key points to develop in Red Army troops a powerful drive and commitment to fight to the death to save their homeland and its people from being destroyed by the “fascist hordes”.

Which, combined with enormous material and human resources and no less enormous production capacity of Soviet war industry (most of which has been successfully evacuated from the Western USSR) ultimately made all the difference in the Eastern Front. And predictably led to the defeat of Germany in World War II, the demise of the Third Reich and Hitler’s suicide in the Führerbunker.

Soviet propaganda received additional enormous help from the Germans. Adolf Hitler believed (correctly) that in the Eastern front Germany was fighting an existential war and (incorrectly) that to win this war, it needed to use the most brutal tools and methods.

In reality, these methods produced exactly opposite results. The infamous “Commissar Order” (issued even before the start of Operation Barbarossa), “Severity Order”, murderous treatment of Soviet POWs, brutal and murderous reprisal policies (part of the anti-guerilla strategy), treatment of Soviet citizens as “subhuman species”; persecution and mass murder of Jews and other strategic blunders of German occupation authorities only transformed initially neutral and even sympathetic to Germany residents of the Soviet union into resolute, dedicated and fearless fighters. Who fought not for Germany, but against it.

With very predictable results

 

Crimes Committed by Adolf Hitler

AH13It is well-known that Adolf Hitler often preferred to issue oral, rather than written, orders (especially when dealing with highly sensitive issues such as mass murders). Consequently, it is often difficult (and sometimes flatly impossible) to prove beyond the reasonable doubt that he has, indeed, ordered this or that mass murder (i.e. the Holocaust).

However, there is enough circumstantial evidence to convince any impartial and unbiased jury that he is, indeed, guilty of all of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Nazis (under his leadership).

First, in Mein Kampf he openly states (and justifies) the necessity of these crimes for the survival and prosperity of the Third Reich (in other words, for winning the existential racial war).

Second, he created both a fundamentally criminal ideology and no less fundamentally criminal structures (NSDAP, SA, SS, etc.) whose objectives, strategies and actions were fundamentally criminal. And thus, the inherently criminal system.

Third, the reports made to him (on Holocaust and other issues) prove beyond the reasonable doubt that he was aware of all these crimes. As he had the absolute power in the Reich, he could stop these mass murders at any time.

But he didn’t – which is a very strong circumstantial evidence that he did order these crimes to be committed. Consequently, he is, indeed, guilty of all war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by individuals and structures under his command:

  1. The Holocaust – mass murder of Jews (by Einsatzgruppen in the East and in the death camps). Estimated death toll – between 4.5 and 6 million.
  2. Genocide of Roma and Sinti people. Estimated death toll – around 200,000.
  3. Mistreatment of Soviet POWs. Estimated death toll – 5 million. Regardless of whether it was the result of a criminal neglect or a deliberate extermination policy (i.e. the infamous “Commissar Order”) or (more likely) a bit of both, the Nazis are still responsible for this horrible crime against humanity
  4. Mass murder of civilians during anti-guerilla operations on German-occupied territories of the Soviet Union and other nations. Estimated death toll – 4 million.
  5. Aktion T4 Euthanasia Program. Mass murder of “genetically inferior” individuals in Germany and occupied territories. Estimated death toll – 275,000 – 300,000.
  6. Medical experiments on humans in concentration camps. During World War II, Nazi doctors conducted as many as 30 different types of such experiments, including experiments on twins, bone, muscle, and nerve transplantation experiments, head injury experiments, freezing, malaria and immunization experiments, mustard gas, sulfonamide and seawater experiments, sterilization and fertility experiments, experiments with poisons and incendiary bombs and high altitude and blood coagulation experiments. Death toll is difficult to estimate but it definitely was in the low thousands.
  7. Forced Labor of Foreign Workers. The use of forced labor and slavery in Nazi Germany and throughout German-occupied Europe during World War II took place on an unprecedented scale. The Nazis abducted approximately 12 million people from almost twenty European countries; about two thirds came from Central Europe and Eastern Europe. At its peak the forced laborers comprised 20% of the German work force. Counting deaths and turnover, about 15 million men and women were forced laborers at one point during the war
  8. Forced Labor in Concentration Camps. In addition to about 15 million civilians from occupied territories who were abducted, shipped to Germany and forced to work there, the Nazis used millions of concentration camps inmates (both inside and outside Germany) as slave laborers. A list drawn up in 1967 by the German Ministry of Justice names about 1,200 camps and subcamps in countries occupied by Germany. Some estimates run as high as 15,000. It is estimated that about 15 million individuals went through these camps in 1939-45. Estimated death toll – 3 million.
  9. Mass murder of homosexuals in concentration camps. Estimated death toll – 10,000.
  10. Murder of Political Opponents (including dissenters, conscientious objectors, etc.). It started even before Nazi came to power (every year dozens if not hundreds of Communists, Social Democrats and other opponents of the Nazis were killed by the SA), continued in secret SA camps throughout 1933 (death toll was in the thousands), culminated (in a way) with the Night of Long Knives in June of 1934 and continued via death sentences passed by the infamous Volksgerichtshof – “People’s Court”. Estimated death toll – 20,000.
  11. Ethnic cleansing of Poland. In 1940, the SS’s Reich Main Security Office (RSHA) developed the draft version of so-called “Generalplan Ost” whose fundamental objective was the genocide and ethnic cleansing on a vast scale, as the key tool for the colonization of Central and Eastern Europe by Germans. It has not been finalized and only very preliminary efforts at ethnic cleansing of Polish territories were made; however, the Einsatzgruppen (SS Death Squads) conducted two mass murders of Polish intellectuals – Operation Tannenberg in 1939 (20,000 victims) and Aktion AB in 1940 (7,000 murdered).
  12. Nazi Plunder of Occupied Territories. Nazi plunder refers to art theft and other items stolen as a result of the organized looting of European countries during the time of the Third Reich by agents (Kunstschutz units) acting on behalf of the ruling Nazi Party of Germany. In occupied Poland alone, the total cost of German Nazi theft and destruction of Polish art is estimated at 20 billion dollars, or an estimated 43% of Polish cultural heritage; over 516,000 individual art pieces were looted, including 2,800 paintings by European painters; 11,000 paintings by Polish painters; 1,400 sculptures; 75,000 manuscripts; 25,000 maps; 90,000 books, including over 20,000 printed before 1800; and hundreds of thousands of other items of artistic and historical value.
  13. Nazi “Scorched Earth” Policy. Retreating German troops stole crops, destroyed farms, and razed settlements of at least city size and smaller during several military operations. The best-known victims of the German scorched-earth policy were the people of the historic city of Novgorod, whose hometown was razed during the Winter of 1944 to cover Army Group North’s retreat from Leningrad. And, of course, Warsaw.

Therefore, had he been captured and tried by an impartial court of law (i.e. by the international tribunal) he would be certainly found guilty and sentenced to death (although I would have voted for LWOP – life in prison without the possibility of parole – as I am firmly against capital punishment of even the mass murderers).

 

Legal Evaluation of Nazi Germany

ILJ10n this section, I will perform the legal evaluation of Nazi Germany and its key structures. In other words, I will determine whether these structures were fundamentally and inherently criminal (i.e., designed specifically to commit crimes against humanity).

Nazi identity was criminal, because, as genuine national-sociopaths, they were seeking to turn all other nations into servants and slaves of Nazi Germany. Physically exterminating those who would dare to resist and those whom Nazis would deem insufficiently valuable – and thus not worthy to be kept alive.

Nazi ideology was criminal, too, because it was essentially based on the inherently criminal (and erroneous) concept of an “existential racial war” where all tools, methods and weapons were acceptable to achieve victory – no matter how inhuman or criminal.

This is what Adolf Hitler himself proclaimed on this issue in 1923 in one of his speeches in Munich:

It matters not whether these weapons of ours are humane: if they gain us our freedom, they are justified before our conscience and before our God

There was nothing criminal in the Mission of Nazi Germany per se; it was its implementation that resulted in horrible crimes against humanity – possibly the worst in human history.

Only one strategic objective of Nazi Germany was criminal – the one that called for making Germany Judenrein – “clean of Jews” by deportation of Jews out of German-controlled territories and by their physical extermination.

However, many strategies, tools and methods of Nazi Germany were very much criminal because they called for commission of monstrous crimes – physical elimination of “genetically undesirable” individuals, opposition activists (and the imprisonment of the latter without trial), citizens of colonized nations deemed not sufficiently valuable to be worthy of living; colonization of Eastern territories via military conquest and their ruthless exploitation and plunder, etc.

The Nazi vision for the “ideal Germany” was criminal as well because it included all of the abovementioned crimes. As were, obviously, their strategic plans – both operational (because they included criminal activities) and financial (because Nazi Germany was in part financed by proceeds from criminal activities).

The whole Nazi System (and the Nazi government, which was not the same thing) were criminal as well, because they were specifically designed to implement (transform into reality) the inherently criminal vision by using the abovementioned criminal strategies, tools and methods.

So, obviously, were the key structures of the Nazi system – Nazi Party, SA, SS, RSHA, Gestapo, etc. However, the Wehrmacht (which was basically the renamed Reichswehr) was not a criminal organization (although it was involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity). For a very simple reason – it was initially designed to protect Germany from external threats (first and foremost, from the existential threat of Bolshevism).

It should be noted that only one branch of Wehrmacht – the German Army (Heer) was involved in war crimes. All other branches – Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine and Abwehr – were not guilty of these crimes.

Unlike Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS were envisioned and designed as a very special armed force. Designed specifically for fighting (and winning, of course) the existential racial war. The Criminal war.

Consequently, unlike Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS (despite its genuine heroism and a very significant contribution to saving Germany, Europe and the whole Western civilization from destruction by Bolsheviks) was a criminal organization.

Nazi organizations (i.e. organizations established by the Nazis) – Hitler Youth, BDM, German Labor Front, NSKK, etc. were also criminal because they promoted inherently criminal Nazi ideology and programmed (conditioned, brainwashed) their members into becoming “model Nazis” (i.e. criminals).

Obviously, Nazi system pursued criminal projects and used criminal processes, whose “outputs” (actual results) constituted war crimes and crimes against humanity. As did, of course, many decisions and actions of Nazis.

It is important to note that to achieve their benign objectives (almost all strategic Nazi objectives were benign) and implement their very much benign Mission, Nazis did not have to commit any crimes.

These crimes not only were totally unnecessary, but actually prevented Nazis from achieving their vital strategic objectives (i.e. from transforming Germany into safe, secure, prosperous, mighty and genuinely happy nation).

More than that, those crimes ultimately led to a crushing defeat of the Nazis in World War II, loss of millions of German lives, wholesale destruction of German infrastructure, occupation of Germany by the allies, loss of additional territories and made Germans, far, far worse off than they were when Nazis came to power.

It must also be noted that Nazi system was not the only criminal system in existence at that time. Bolshevist identity, ideology, mission (as they saw it), the Bolshevist vision of Russia and the whole world, Bolshevist strategic objectives, strategies, strategic plans (both operational and financial), tools and methods, structures, projects, processes, decisions and actions, etc. were very much criminal as well.

 

Other Crimes of the “Genocide Age”

GenocideNazis and Communists were not the only ones who committed horrendous war crimes and crimes against humanity in the XX century – the “Genocide Age”. Apparently, solving political problems via mass murder was a widely accepted practice those days.

  1. Genocide in Belgian Congo (1885-1908). At that time the so-called “Congo Free State” was a colony under the personal rule of King Leopold II of Belgium. During this time, Belgian Congo lost half of its population (making the death toll stand around 10 million – almost twice the number of Holocaust victims), mostly due to starvation, exhaustion, exposure and outright murder
  2. Genocides in Turkey (1913-22). The murderous “Young Turks” regime conducted three genocides (of Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks) with a combined death toll of about 2 million.
  3. Mass killings under Chinese Nationalist Government (1928-1946). Estimated death toll – 6 million (roughly the same number of victims as the Holocaust). Millions of Chinese civilians were deliberately starved or otherwise killed in order to fend off communist advance, became victims of political repressions, died during horrific conscription campaign, starved to death due to grain being confiscated and sold to other peasants for the profit of Nationalist Government officials or perished in a man-made flood by the Nationalist to stop a Japanese advance (the Red Army used the same tactics to save Moscow from being captured by Wehrmacht in November of 1941).
  4. 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 Allied prisoners of war. Making it exactly the ‘Asian Holocaust’ – in terms of the death toll (only the methods were much more brutal)
  5. Human experimentation and biological warfare by the Japanese Imperial Army. Special Japanese military units conducted horrible medical experiments on civilians and POWs in China. One of the most infamous was Unit 731 established by order of Emperor Hirohito himself. It is estimated that the experiments carried out by Unit 731 alone caused 3,000 deaths and the total number of victims of biological warfare exceeded 500,000.
  6. Use of chemical weapons by the Japanese Army (1939-45). From early 1938 the Imperial Japanese Army began full-scale use of phosgene, chlorine, Lewisite and nausea gas, and from mid-1939, mustard gas was used against both Kuomintang and Communist Chinese troop leading to thousands of death among both Chinese military and civilians.
  7. Use of forced labor by Japanese Army (1937-45). It is estimated that about 20 million Chinese, Koreans, Javanese, Allied POWs and others were essentially enslaved by the Japanese. At least one million A special category of forced laborers were so-called “comfort women”. As many as 200,000 “comfort women” from Korea, mainland China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Burma, the Dutch East Indies, Netherlands and Australia were forced into sexual slavery during World War II to satisfy Japanese Imperial Army and Navy members
  8. Plunder of occupied territories by Japanese occupation authorities (1895-1945). Looting was organized on a massive scale, by both yakuza gangsters and the highest levels of Japanese society, including Emperor Hirohito himself. The Japanese government (like the German one) wanted that loot to finance Japan’s war effort. Hirohito appointed his brother, Prince Yasuhito Chichibu, to head a secret organization called Kin no yuri (“Golden Lily”), for this purpose. The stolen property reportedly included gold, precious stones, works of art and other kinds of valuables looted from banks, depositories, other commercial premises, museums, private homes, and religious buildings
  9. Internment of ethnic Japanese in the USA (1941 – 1945). Technically, it was not a mass murder as only several dozen died (mostly shot during escape attempts) out of about 120,000 interned in concentration camps. However, it is a loud and clear reminder that deportations and internment of the whole nation based on the (incorrect) perception that it constitutes a major security threat during the war was more or less standard operating procedure in many nations – not just in Germany.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The Indonesian Massacre (1965) – mass murders that occurred in Indonesia over several months, targeting communist sympathizers, ethnic Chinese and alleged leftists, often at the instigation of the armed forces and government. Death toll – about 2 million.
  13. 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.

These mass murders took the lives of 30 million victims – almost twice as many as were murdered by the Nazis. Which means that the Nazis are responsible for roughly 25% of victims of the “Genocide Age”. A lion’s share, of course but it still is very important to remember that out of four victims of mass murders three were killed by non-Nazi “actors”.

It also means that we must establish the Remembrance Day for all victims of all genocides, democides and mass murders, not just the Holocaust. Otherwise, we will publicly state that the Jewish lives are more important than any other lives. Which is Nazism – plain and simple. And a horrible insult to the memory of victims of other mass murders.

 

Nazi Crimes

VARIOUSNo sane individual can deny (only diehard Neo-Nazis do and they can hardly be considered sane) that Nazi Germany were responsible for a lion’s share of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the “Genocide Age”:

  1. The Holocaust – mass murder of Jews (by Einsatzgruppen in the East and in the death camps). Estimated death toll – between 4.5 and 6 million.
  2. Genocide of Roma and Sinti people. Estimated death toll – around 200,000.
  3. Mistreatment of Soviet POWs. Estimated death toll – 3.5 million. Regardless of whether it was the result of a criminal neglect or a deliberate extermination policy (i.e. the infamous “Commissar Order”) or (more likely) a bit of both, the Nazis are still responsible for this horrible crime against humanity
  4. Mass murder of civilians during anti-guerilla operations on German-occupied territories of the Soviet Union and other nations. Estimated death toll – 4 million.
  5. Aktion T4 Euthanasia Program. Mass murder of “genetically inferior” individuals in Germany and occupied territories. Estimated death toll – 275,000 – 300,000.
  6. Medical experiments on humans in concentration camps. During World War II, Nazi doctors conducted as many as 30 different types of such experiments, including experiments on twins, bone, muscle, and nerve transplantation experiments, head injury experiments, freezing, malaria and immunization experiments, mustard gas, sulfonamide and seawater experiments, sterilization and fertility experiments, experiments with poisons and incendiary bombs and high altitude and blood coagulation experiments. Death toll is difficult to estimate but it definitely was in the low thousands.
  7. Forced Labor of Foreign Workers. The use of forced labor and slavery in Nazi Germany and throughout German-occupied Europe during World War II took place on an unprecedented scale. The Nazis abducted approximately 12 million people from almost twenty European countries; about two thirds came from Central Europe and Eastern Europe. At its peak the forced laborers comprised 20% of the German work force. Counting deaths and turnover, about 15 million men and women were forced laborers at one point during the war
  8. Forced Labor in Concentration Camps. In addition to about 15 million civilians from occupied territories who were abducted, shipped to Germany and forced to work there, the Nazis used millions of concentration camps inmates (both inside and outside Germany) as slave laborers. A list drawn up in 1967 by the German Ministry of Justice names about 1,200 camps and subcamps in countries occupied by Germany. Some estimates run as high as 15,000. It is estimated that about 15 million individuals went through these camps in 1939-45. Estimated death toll – 3 million.
  9. Mass murder of homosexuals in concentration camps. Estimated death toll – 10,000.
  10. Murder of Political Opponents (including dissenters, conscientious objectors, etc.). It started even before Nazi came to power (every year dozens if not hundreds of Communists, Social Democrats and other opponents of the Nazis were killed by the SA), continued in secret SA camps throughout 1933 (death toll was in the thousands), culminated (in a way) with the Night of Long Knives in June of 1934 and continued via death sentences passed by the infamous Volksgerichtshof – “People’s Court”. Estimated death toll – 20,000.
  11. Ethnic cleansing of Poland. In 1940, the SS’s Reich Main Security Office (RSHA) developed the draft version of so-called “Generalplan Ost” whose fundamental objective was the genocide and ethnic cleansing on a vast scale, as the key tool for the colonization of Central and Eastern Europe by Germans. It has not been finalized and only very preliminary efforts at ethnic cleansing of Polish territories were made; however, the Einsatzgruppen (SS Death Squads) conducted two mass murders of Polish intellectuals – Operation Tannenberg in 1939 (20,000 victims) and Aktion AB in 1940 (7,000 murdered).
  12. Nazi Plunder of Occupied Territories. Nazi plunder refers to art theft and other items stolen as a result of the organized looting of European countries during the time of the Third Reich by agents (Kunstschutz units) acting on behalf of the ruling Nazi Party of Germany. In occupied Poland alone, the total cost of German Nazi theft and destruction of Polish art is estimated at 20 billion dollars, or an estimated 43% of Polish cultural heritage; over 516,000 individual art pieces were looted, including 2,800 paintings by European painters; 11,000 paintings by Polish painters; 1,400 sculptures; 75,000 manuscripts; 25,000 maps; 90,000 books, including over 20,000 printed before 1800; and hundreds of thousands of other items of artistic and historical value.
  13. Nazi “Scorched Earth” Policy. Retreating German troops stole crops, destroyed farms, and razed settlements of at least city size and smaller during several military operations. The best-known victims of the German scorched-earth policy were the people of the historic city of Novgorod, whose hometown was razed during the Winter of 1944 to cover Army Group North’s retreat from Leningrad. And, of course, Warsaw.

As we can see, Nazis committed not one, but eleven mass murders. Consequently, we must establish the Remembrance Day for all victims of all Nazi crimes, not just the Holocaust. Otherwise, we will publicly state that the Jewish lives are more important than any other lives. Which is Nazism – plain and simple.

 

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.