Lest We Forget: One Hundred Years of Communism—Hundreds of Millions Murdered

A short summation of a bloody part of history


By Sigrid Weidenweber

One hundred years have gone by since Communism began with a Bolshevik coup in Russia. It was led by Vladimir Lenin as an armed insurrection in Petrograd on October 25 or (New Style November) 1917.

Lenin’s philosophy for the overthrow of the Tsar was co-opted from Marxist theory. As an exiled person he had lived for many years in Austria and Switzerland where he gathered like-minded exiles in the salons of affluent friends. He soon found that most of the disaffected émigrés did not agree with him and his closest revolutionaries. Many found his rhetoric, which prescribed the eradication of the entire class of Bourgeoisie too radical and impossible to execute. Furthermore, it was this class that basically sustained the country through business, culture and the educational system. Therefore, his rhetoric became opaque and the viciousness of his intentions was concealed.

It came to a separation of the revolutionary members who had formed the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party. A vote was taken and Lenin’s adherents came up short in numbers. And here Lenin’s mendacity showed itself openly for the first time. Having lost the first round of voting, he named his group the Bolsheviks (bolshe means large or big) as if they were the greater part of the revolutionaries, when the next vote came up, the party of Julius Martov came up short on votes and they were stuck with the name Mensheviki (or minority.)

As Lenin returned to Russia and began the coup, it became soon obvious that the Bolsheviks were not interested in shared power or democratic rules. Opposition was fiercely suppressed or physically extinguished. The Bolsheviks co-opted the army, the police, the courts and were in charge of all government offices. The most horrible example of the new ruler’s style was the total eradication of the Sailors of the citadel of Kronstadt, who had clamored for more power in the newly instituted soviets.

Henceforth, Marxism/Leninism ruled Russia to the horror of most of its citizens. The goals of the Communists, besides the abolition of private property, was the establishment of a government that was totally based on atheism and the infallibility of Marxist theory. Never before had a governmental body functioned without a spiritual, theocratic basis.

The difference between a godless regime and one vested in theocracy, became apparent almost instantly, for Communism immediately degraded the social mores and ethics by which Russian society had functioned. This allowed the Bolshevists to commit murder on an enormous scale, while turning individuals into order-taking robots, quaking in their souls afraid for their lives. The murderous horror on an unequaled scale eliminated the value of life to the detriment of the conscience of the individual.

Martin Latsis, one of Lenin’s Cheka officials advised his Interrogators: “We are not waging war against individuals. We are exterminating bourgeoisie as a class.” And I paraphrase here: do not look for evidence that the accused did something against soviet power. No, the first question should always be what class does he belong to…that should determine his fate.

The very same template as described for Russia, served in every country of the world that allowed Communism to usurp their form of government. I remind you here of the Chinese, Cambodian, Korean and Vietnamese excesses. Today one just has to direct one’s vision to Cuba, Venezuela and other South American countries to perceive that the Bolshevik template is being followed. Furthermore, once the communists have usurped the power of any government, they institute forms of control that can never be lifted again. It has been said by different people that once in possession of the ballot box evil men can stay in power indefinitely. Prime examples are China, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela.

It is the aforementioned class hatred that has been introduced into the free countries of the world. It is the constant psychological push to create victims in the populations of the West so that there exists hatred against perceived victimizers—entire classes that have, by choice and hard work, achieved a better standard of living than the presumed victims.

However, the most horrific fact of the rule of Communism is the sum of its dead victims. We know of 20 million Soviet citizens put to death by the regime, worked to death or starved.  Two hundred thousand (200,000) were killed during the red terror, eleven million were killed and starved to death for being “Kulaks” or belonged to the six million Ukrainians that died in the artificial Soviet famine. Seven hundred thousand (700,000) were executed during the great terror of (1937-1938); another 400,000 were executed between 1929 and 1953; 1.6 million people died during the forced population transfer from the lower Volga and Ukraine and an additional 2.7 million innocent human beings died in Gulags and labor camps.

We must add to that the Communist victims of the countries that adopted the Bolshevist form of rule and we speak of one hundred million or more.

The most terrifying aspect of this history is that socialists and left-leaning citizens in the countries of the West have, over time, excused the Communist horror by spreading a veneer of benign understanding over it.

“We have to look at the good that the Bolshevists wanted to affect—the freeing of the downtrodden.”

They bleat this thinly veiled mantra like sheep, as if good intentions ever warrant horrible executions.

The lesson learned is that once a higher moral reasoning is discarded, there exists no more fixed measure of a universal principle of right and wrong and the laws of man can be stretched like rubber bands to suit the purpose of villains.

Victims of Communism, Prague Czech Republic


Sigrid Weidenweber

Sigrid Weidenweber

Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weindenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weindenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer.

You can find her books on Amazon.com


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