The Soviet Story

An unprecedented film, The Soviet Story, has documented how the difference between Hitler’s Nazis and Lenin’s Bolsheviks was ever so slight. Watch it below:

  • Chezwick_Mac

    I remember reading an account of one former German spy for the Russians, a woman, who put the entire thing into perspective…

    "[I was captured by the Gestapo on suspicion of espionage. They tortured me, but I didn't talk, because I knew if I did, I'd be executed. They finally believed I was innocent and released me.

    "After liberation, I was arrested by the NKVD.The difference between the NKVD and the Gestapo is that – unlike the Gestapo – the NKVD wasn't at all interested in whether or not I was innocent or guilty. To them, my "guilt" was de facto; I had been arrested and in enemy custody, therefore, I was compromised, as per bureaucratic dictum. The fact that I hadn't cooperated was utterly irrelevant."]

    • Guest

      Hitler wanted a racially pure Germany. The Bolsheviks wanted a pure Socialist world. They still do but they operate now mostly from America.

      • FrankS

        Hitler wanted complete control over business, whether it was run by a State official or a friend was inconsequential.

  • ApolloSpeaks

    Emblematic of the slight difference between Lenin and Hitler was their birthdays being two days apart.

  • temarch

    And today's Left are the decedents of the USSR Communists and have constantly painted the Nazi's as extreme right wing to defame the opposition in this country. It is never ending. The current rebirth of the conservative movement had better win at the ballot box or we are doomed.

  • DEdward

    Powerful. It's about time the communists are exposed for what they truly are. Modern or Postmodern, Fascist, Communist, Islamo-fascist or Nazi, it doesn't matter. Man-made utopias are Hell on earth. They all deny God given unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (property).

  • tagalog

    Solzhenitsyn pointed out one difference between the Nazis and the Soviets: he said that under the Nazis, they drew a line between those who would be arrested and exterminated and those who wouldn't, and stuck to it; if you weren't Jewish/Pole/Russian/Jehovah's Witness/homosexual/mentally deficient/Communist, you didn't go to the gas chamber. Under the USSR, it was different; the lines kept changing, so that anybody could be subject to arrest and slow death in the gulag at any time.

    • Felsen Stark

      Perhaps but Nazism was relaitvely short-lived. It is somewhat amusing to see Hitler styled haircuts propularized in Pakistan, where in if Pakistan had existed in the '30-40's with a significant population in Germany at that time, that they themselves would have also been on the menu.

      • tagalog

        Actually, the Pakistanis at the time of Hitler were all Aryan, and could prove it.

        Besides, the Muslims were aligned with the Nazis during the Second World War.

  • JamesFDavis

    When in a class at Young Harris College' Institute of Continuing Learning I asked an instructor why she stated that a bunch of conservative right wingers brought Hitler to power, there was an attempt by the president to have me barred from taking any other classes because I was "disruptive." NAZI and Marxism tactics are alive and well on campuses as ou well know. Later a Dachau survivor in the class, who went back to his native Czechoslovakia after the war only to have it taken over by the Communist, was asked to explain the differences between the NAZI's and Communist. The 87 year old's reply was succinct, "Not a spits worth of difference."

    • tagalog

      He might have said, "the difference is that Nazis were NATIONAL socialists, while the Communists were INTERNATIONAL socialists, at least until Stalin, who started the 'Socialism within one country' national socialism trend."

  • "gunner"

    i used to know a man, a former lithuanian immigrant, a naturalised u.s. citizen, who said the difference between nazis and communists was that the nazis didn't care what you thought, as long as you kept your mouth shut, obeyed orders and worked. the communists wanted you to believe in them, they wanted your soul. i see much the same in our modern leftists, along with a call for "re-education camps" for conservatives, and the same old hatred of jews. mr. davis' quote, above, is spot on "not a spits worth of difference". the same old left fascist gang of villains with a new name, "progressives".

  • dawning

    Evil never changes other than it's name

  • tagalog

    I think there was, at one point, one doctrinal difference between Nazism and Communism. Originally, Nazis sought only national socialism while Communists sought INTERNATIONAL socialism. However, after Lenin, Stalin changed things so that he sought "Communism in one country," a nationalistic formulation of his particular brand of socialism. So, quite literally, both Stalin and Hitler were national socialists.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    In his war on the "rich" peasantry (the word has to be contextualized; they were poor by the Western standards of the time), Stalin re-invented the term Kulak…as he did so many other things. When a middle peasant or even a poor peasant spoke out against collectivization (or anything else, for that matter), he/she was branded a Kulak and dealt with accordingly. The term was deliberately broadened until it denoted not so much a social class, but a state of mind.

  • Phil Byler

    An excellent work in history, winner of the Wolfsom Prize, that supports the conclusion that Hitler's German National Socialism and Stalin's Soviet Bolshevik Socialism were basically the same system, only one being race based in its utopian vision and one being class based in its utopian vision, is Richard Overy's "The Dictators."

  • komet 63

    This video is no longer available. Hmm, I wonder why?

  • Jamie

    Yeah it says this is an audio only episode? Is it meant to be a video?

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