The myth of Soviet antisemitism

These are direct quotes from various historical texts.

Democracy and Wold Dominion  by American historian Edwin Schoonmaker:
“Fifteen years after the Bolshevist Revolution was launched to carry out the Marxist program, the editor of the American Hebrew could write: ‘According to such information that the writer could secure while in Russia a few weeks ago, not one Jewish synagogue has been torn down, as have hundreds–perhaps thousands of the Greek Catholic Churches…In Moscow and other large cities one can see Christian churches in the process of destruction…the Government needs the location for a large building,” (American Hebrew, Nov. 18, 1932, p. 12) Apostate Jews, leading a revolution that was to destroy religion as the “opiate of the people” had somehow spared the synagogues of Russia.” (p. 211) 

“The synagogue opened in 1906. It operated throughout the Soviet period, although authorities annexed some parts of the original building for secular purposes in 1923 and 1960.In October, 1948, Golda Meir, the first representative from Israel to the Soviet Union, paid an unauthorized visit to the synagogue to attend Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services”
-Yossi Goldstein, “Doomed to Fail: Golda Meir’s Mission to Moscow (Part 1)”, The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs Vol. 5 No. 3 (September 2011), pg. 131

“By the time of revolution of 1917, the rabbi had six sons and five daughters. In the 1920s, he was invited to take over the Moscow Choral Synagogue, and the family moved to the Soviet capital. He had become a follower of the Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn”-.M. Rabinovich (February 1999), “Sentence – Execution”, Moment

The London Times correspondent in Russia, Robert Wilton, reported: ”Taken according to numbers of population, the Jews represented one in ten; among the commissars that rule Bolshevik Russia they are nine in ten; if anything the proportion of Jews is still greater.”

“So sensitive to the Jewish question was the Soviet establishment that even the hint of so-called “hidden anti-semitism” was enough to cause expulsion from the Communist Party. Even criticizing someone who was Jewish was enough to cause dire consequences. For example, two Ukrainian leaders, Grigory Petrovsky and Vlas Chubar, came to Moscow to personally complain to Stalin about Kaganovich’s harsh measures in the Ukraine which were killing off all the most capable workers. Stalin defended Kaganovich and accused Petrovsky and Chubar of anti-semitism. Chubar was eventually shot, Petrovsky arrested, and Petrovsky’s son was executed. “(Cantor, The Jewish Experience, pp 373.

The Danish writer Halling Keller was present at the unveiling of the monument to Judas in Sviazhsk. He wrote: “The local Soviet discussed to whom to raise a statue for a long time. It was thought that Lucifer did not completely share the idea of communism. Cain was too much of a legendary personality, so they decided on Judas Iscariot since he was a completely historical personality. They represented him at full height with his fist raised to heaven…” – M. Nazarov, “Presledovania Tserkvi i dukhovnaia sut’ bol’shevizma” (The Persecutions of the Church and the spiritual essence of Bolshevism), in Vozhdiu Tret’ego Rima (To the Leader of the Third Rome), chapter 3.

“National and racial chauvinism is a vestige of the misanthropic customs characteristic of the period of cannibalism. Anti-semitism, as an extreme form of racial chauvinism, is the most dangerous vestige of cannibalism.
Anti-semitism is of advantage to the exploiters as a lightning conductor that deflects the blows aimed by the working people at capitalism. Anti-semitism is dangerous for the working people as being a false path that leads them off the right road and lands them in the jungle. Hence Communists, as consistent internationalists, cannot but be irreconcilable, sworn enemies of anti-semitism.
In the U.S.S.R. anti-semitism is punishable with the utmost severity of the law as a phenomenon deeply hostile to the Soviet system. Under U.S.S.R. law act”

Part 2

“The Jewish Autonomous Oblast experienced a revival as the Soviet government sponsored the migration of as many as ten thousand Eastern European Jews to Birobidzhan in 1946–1948. In early 1946, the Council of Ministers of the USSR announced a plan to build new infrastructure, and Mikhail Kalinin, a champion of the Birobidzhan project since the late 1920s, stated that he still considered the region as a “Jewish national state” that could be revived through “creative toil.”- How Joseph Stalin (Inadvertently) Saved Some Of Poland’s Jews, http://www.ibtimes.com/how-joseph-stalin-inadvertently-saved-some-polands-jews-1099571

“Lenin himself wrote on it “The peoples commissars makes it incumbent upon all Soviet deputies to adopt resolute measures to prevent anti semistism. Pogrom mongers and pogrom agitation are to be outlawed” -When Lenin fought against anti semitism The Jewish Voice

On June 9, 1919 Captain Montgomery Shuyler of the American Expeditionary Forces telegrammed from Vladivostok on the makeup of the presiding Soviet government: “… (T)here were 384 ‘commissars’ including 2 negroes, 13 Russians, 15 Chinamen, 22 Armenians, and more than 300 Jews. Of the latter number, 264 had come to Russia from the United States since the downfall of the Imperial Government.”

“Stalin’s nationality policy, an alternative to the Land of Israel was established with the help of Komzet and OZET in 1928. The Jewish Autonomous Oblast with the center in Birobidzhan in the Russian Far East was to become a “Soviet Zion”.”

“Over the winter of 1941–1942, Stalin created anti-fascist committees for Jews. Each had a similar mandate: to encourage Western support for the unexpected alliance between Stalin’s Soviet Union and the Western democracies by placing articles abroad about alleged Nazi atrocities and Soviet resolve.”-Sebag-Montefiore, Simon. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar. 2003. page 560.

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