The Socialist Nazi Sympathizing Jew Who Led the Left’s War on Israel


I wrote about Bruno Kreisky last year in the context of discussing Austria’s Islamization. There’s no doubt that Kreisky was a real demented piece of work, on a par with Norman Finkelstein or M.J. Rosenberg.

Austria’s Socialist Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky, despite being of Jewish ancestry, was fond of Muslim terrorists and Nazis. He had a habit of filling his cabinet with former Nazis while comparing Zionism to Nazism. His political success rested on a welfare state built with Soviet money funneled through commercial orders and turning a blind eye to terrorist attacks carried out with Soviet and Polish machine guns was part of the price.

Even though the two terrorists had shouted, “PLO”, Kreisky announced, “I am firmly convinced that the attackers had nothing to do with the PLO,” Instead he suggested that they had been out to sabotage “Palestinian interests.” During an interview, he offered that “the bad, unqualified treatment of Palestinians in Israel is one of the causes for these extreme actions.”

Joshua Muravchik has a much more extended write-up of that demented twisted creature whom he credits as “The Jew Who Turned the Left Against Israel”. I don’t think that’s a really accurate headline, as the core left was always anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic, long before Kreisky, but like the Finkelsteins and Rosenbergs, he was there to make the existing hatreds of the left seem “Kosher” again after the Holocaust.

The left’s support for Israel was a very temporary phenomenon that came about largely due to the political situation in Europe and as an early anti-colonialist opportunity. In a few cases bonds had been forged through the mutual resistance against the Nazis.

Kreisky however was a big fan of Nazis.

This framework shaped his attitude toward his Nazi fellow-prisoners when, in the mid 1930s, he served time for subversive activities under the authoritarian regime of Kurt Schuschnigg, which repressed challenges to the Austrian state from radicals, left and right. Kreisky’s biographer, H. Pierre Secher, writes that political discourse among these factions was “rarely . . . hostile.” On the contrary:

There was a well-founded solidarity among the political [prisoners], directed against the despised “cleric-fascist” government. … Ideologically, the distinction between “Sozis” [Socialists and] Commies on the one hand and Nazis on the other, was probably only the internationalism of the Marxists and the nationalism of the Nazis. In every other respect they agreed on the evils of capitalism. Even the primary connection by the Nazis of capitalism with the Jews did not necessarily encounter heated critical opposition from the Socialists.

Released by the Austrian authorities, Kreisky was arrested again after the Nazi takeover. He then sent an audacious letter to the Gestapo, somehow supposing that its officers would harbor sympathy for him. He wrote:

I [have] decided to direct my request directly to the Gestapo since I believe that organization now consists largely of former illegals; I am prepared to provide you any time with the names of currently prominent, well-known members of the NSDAP [Nazi Party] who can testify that during my time as [a] prisoner I have always shown solidarity toward my National Socialist prison mates.

It is possible to understand why in the 1930s Kreisky, like many other Socialists who were steeped in Marxism and viewed capitalists as the true enemies, might have seen Nazis as merely misguided revolutionaries. Back then, it was hard to know what exactly to make of Hitlerian rhetoric. But it is much harder to fathom how Kreisky could have clung to such a view after the Holocaust since most of his immediate relatives had been murdered in it. Yet he did.

It’s not really hard to fathom though because Kreisky hated Jews and, like most hard core leftist Jews, liked seeing them murdered. It’s what the USSR’s purges of Jews through the Jewish Section aka the Yevsektsia was built on.

Leftists are not Jews. They have always been the murderers of Jews. Their current collaboration with Hamas is nothing new.

Long before them, Bruno Kreisky was a Nazi collaborator.

Kreisky’s 1970 cabinet appointments sparked contention when the famous Austrian Nazi-hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, revealed that no fewer than four of the eleven ministers were former Nazis. Kreisky replied that no one, including those who had been Nazis, should be condemned for past political positions unless he or she could be shown to have committed a crime. He lashed out furiously at Wiesenthal calling him a “Jewish fascist,”

This is typical of the demented hypocrisy of the left, which allies with actual fascists, while calling its critics, “Fascists.”

In 1979, Kreisky took a further step, hosting Arafat in Vienna for talks with himself and West German Chancellor Willy Brandt on behalf of the Socialist International. The three leaders issued a joint communiqué blasting Israel, and at a concluding press conference, Kreisky likened the Palestinians’ situation to his own Swedish exile during World War Two, thereby, as Carl Gershman, the U.S. representative to the International, put it, embracing the PLO’s claim, that its “campaign against Israel [was] analogous to the European resistance against the Nazis.”

Whom Kreisky actually liked quite a bit. The Nazis that is.

Bruno Kreisky’s twisted brain isn’t that unusual. You can throw a rock at a JVP rally and come up with a dozen equally demented creatures. This is the mindset behind the persons of Jewish origin in the anti-Israel movement.

  • oldschooltwentysix

    Enjoyed the post. Thanks.

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    All too true!

  • Pete

    “USSR’s purges of Jews through the Jewish Section aka the Yevsektsia”

    Yevsektsia is an unfamiliar word.

    It is my understanding that Stalin murdered approximately 30 million people in the 1930s. There also crematoriums. Except the soviets had time to tear them down and clean up.

    I believe that CBS (60 Minutes?) did a story on it. That is one story and it is not repeated. Maybe they were taken to the woodshed.

    • Pete

      “Yevsektsii (abbreviation of the phrase “Еврейская секция” or “Hebrew Section”) were the Jewish sections of the Soviet Communist party. These sections were established in fall of 1918 with consent of Lenin to carry communist revolution to the Jewish masses. The stated mission of these sections was “destruction of traditional Jewish life, the Zionist movement, and Hebrew culture”

      • UCSPanther

        Which effectively blows the favorite claim of Neo-Nazis that Communism was a Jewish Conspiracy out of the water.

        • Pete

          Yes, it does.


          WW2 was a Socialist War.

          National SOCIALIST and Soviet SOCIALIST invading and occupying Europe.

          • UCSPanther

            And when they turned on each other, it was a case of evil vs. evil, and picking the one that was the lesser immediate threat, which was the Soviets.

          • heb macman

            Exactly!… People forget but WWII started when Nazi Germany invaded Poland… Guess what, at the same time the USSR invaded (and occupied) Poland from the other side…

            IOW, the USSR was (initially) on the “wrong” (i.e. aggressor) side… Of course, due to the political & strategic necessity of having the USSR on the Allied side that was forgiven…

    • Daniel Greenfield

      There were large scale purges across different sectors and different populations.

      The Jewish Section targeted Jews in various ways. Eventually the Section’s members were themselves purged and the whole thing climaxed in a final plan to wipe out the Jews. The so-called Doctor’s Plot, which would have seen the Jewish population sent to Siberia, was in motion, but then Stalin died.

      My own great-uncles were among those killed during the period of terror aimed at religious Jews/Zionists.

      • Carlos_Perera

        Only the historically blind can deny the marked anti-Semitism of Soviet socialism and its spinoffs in the USSR’s satellite and client nations . . . which makes the romantic appeal of socialism for so many American Jews truly mystifying.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          They aren’t Jews. They are secular leftists

          • Buck Disqus


            excellent article, as usual.

            I often point to this source arguing against Jews running the soviets:

            Jewish Bolsheviks, like other Bolsheviks were hostile to Judaism. They banned the teaching of Hebrew and religious instruction in Judaism, and they imprisoned Jewish leaders.[29] According to historian Iakov Etinger, many Soviet state purges of the 1930s were antisemitic in nature, and a more intense antisemitic policy developed toward the end of World War II.[30] Stalin in 1952 allegedly said privately that “every Jew is a potential spy for the United States”.[31]

            An example of the exaggeration of Jewish influence in the Soviet Communist Party is the estimate by Alfred Jensen that in the 1920s “75 per cent of the leading Bolsheviks” were “of Jewish origin” quoted by journalist David Aaronovitch. Aaronovitch (a son of a Communist intellectual) notes that “a cursory examination of membership of the top committees shows this figure to be an absurd exaggeration”.[32]


          • hiernonymous

            And you claim that the two categories are mutually exclusive?

      • Pete

        I am going to have to look this up.

        I know a lot of history. I am not the type of American, who can sketch out American or European history, but come up short with other peoples or continents. Obviously, there are holes but no large expanses of blank slate.

        This I did not know. I knew in the 1980s that Jews were persecuted in the USSR and wanted to get out. I did not know there was a Russian Final Solution, which is really important. It is really upsetting that people who point out the N@ZI Final solution do not get know, want to know, or get worked up over the Soviet Final Solution.

        I could have swore 60 Minutes ran a piece on Russian extermination centers. If it was not 60 minutes it had to have been its copy cat and competitor 20/20. But I know the usual ( the 7 million Ukrainians, 1 million kulaks, purge of the officer corps). I don’t know all of who made up of the 30 million people Stalin and Lenin killed. I’ll have to look up the centers using different search terms and then get back to trying to find which American news organization mentioned it “once”.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          The USSR went after a variety of different groups who were seen as being in the way. Everything from mass murder to population resettlement was carried out.

          Local leadership, cultural, had to be wiped out at the very least, to pave the way for a new Communist leadership.

          In the Jewish community, that began with Zionist “sympathizers” being shot or sent to the Gulags. Rabbis and other religious workers were also locked up or killed. Their children were prevented from working at many jobs or receiving a higher education since they were children of “cult followers”.

          Synagogues were shut down, turned into atheist clubs, etc… A few remained open to show Western leftists how tolerant the USSR was.

          Under Stalin things really escalated. He was a paranoid monster at the best of times and Jews were being sent to the Gulags or executed in large numbers even early on. He was obsessed with purging the Communist Party of Jews and toward the end he wanted to simply eliminate the Jews completely.

          Khrushchev was somewhat better, though even Western Communist parties complained about the number of Jews executed under his rule.

          By the 70s and 80s when a Jewish cultural movement was reborn, protested for the right to leave the USSR and generally came to the attention of the West, things had gotten a lot better. The USSR had become weak and was tottering.

          That was what made it possible to even have any kind of protest movement. Under Stalin, everyone involved would have been arrested and shot a day later.

          • Asienka

            Herling-Grudziński, an interesting Polish-Jewish writer, wrote a superb novel, A World Apart, about his imprisonment in Gulag. He was one of over a million Polish citizens arrested between 1939 and 1941. One of the things he wrote can’t get out of my head – those who declared Polish nationality were set free on the authority of Stalin, to build an army and fight against the Nazis. Unfortunately if someone from Poland declared Jewish nationality, there was no escape from Gulag, even if the rest of the family was freed.

            And there the old stereotype of Jewish-communists goes down the drain, again.

      • reader

        The Bolsheviks went after Zionists from the very beginning. They were the leading “defeatists” receiving money and logistical support from Reichswer during WWI under the so-called Parvus Plan (see Felshtinsky). Zionists supported Entente in hopes of getting the land should the Ottoman Empire be defeated. Granted, many Jews were involved in various socialist parties at the time. But the Bolsheviks brutally suppressed their former allies SR Party as early as in the summer of 1918. And it went downhill from there.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Lenin rejected Zionism and Jewish “Sectarianism” from the very beginning.

          • reader

            Right. Just to clarify: by “they were the leading “defeatists”” I mean the Bolsheviks, who were trying very hard to facilitate the defeat of the Russian Empire in the big war. On the other hand, Zionists supported Entente, on the side of which the Russians were fighting. So, the Bolsheviks and the Zionists had been the opposing sides from the get-go.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            There were multiple Zionist factions ranging from right to left.

        • Pete

          “Felshtinsky has published a number of books on history of the Communist movement. In one of those books, Leaders the mobsters, he described the Bolshevik party as a mafia-like organization where “almost no one died by a natural cause”, based on hundreds of primary and secondary sources. ”

  • Yehuda Levi

    “This is typical of the demented hypocrisy of the left, which allies with actual fascists, while calling its critics, “Fascists.””

    Exactly. You see this every day. Leftists decry racism, yet they are some of the worst racists. They try to insult someone by calling them a “fascist”, but espouse the ideology that fascism is built on.

    This is also why they don’t see their own hypocrisy. They are projecting their own weaknesses and faults onto others and then criticizing others for having them.

  • Ivan

    I will say one thing about this Austrians delusion: I understand it. The nazis were socialists, and I thought it has come out that hitler affiliated with communists first. If you listen to hitlers speeches, going on about the party and the society, you understand he was a leftist. Perhaps this man thought that supranationalism (ie Trotskyism) of the left wing nazis would prevail over nationalist tendencies in Germany and Austrian. Ie, that they would be leftists first. The jews were and are associated with the left. It’s something I’ll never understand. As a southern Christian conservative, we are all in 100 % for Israel, right or wrong. We support israel much harder than any New York Jew could ever imagine. In South Carolina, saying you are not 100 % for Israel is like saying you hate Jesus.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Don’t confuse secular leftists of Jewish descent with Jews.

      It’s like assuming Obama is a Christian.

      • Ivan

        True in a sense. Except for one thing. I’m very serious when I said people in the south are all in for Israel. I think we also don’t care if they are leftists or not. I believe it’s religious in origin. I hear Israelis arguing that Israel is America’s best friend, only true democracy in the Middle East etc. but I believe the sentiment for Israel here is because of the bible and very little to do with American interests. We all grew up reading the bible stories, and never once were we on the side of Goliath, the Assyrians, the philistines, etc. And there’s a love of Israel based on the basic understanding that Israel is part of the west. I thought of my previous statement that jews are leftists, and I made a mistake. Israel now is a center right country with a sizeable percentage of leftists. But most jews in the US are secular I think. They came here, succeeded, and forgot god perhaps. I think I speak for most religious people in the south when I say we are for Israel right or wrong, whether they commit war crimes or act justly, no matter what they do. If American jews understood that the left is basically on the side of the Arabs, and the american right is for Israel. I don’t understand why they don’t see it

      • Ivan

        I want to say this again. I am a southern conservative and a lawyer in the south. And I’ve never hear anyone here ever doubt israel, in anyway. There’s no trying to see the Palestinian point of view. It’s all for Israel.

  • Ivan

    Ok. I looked at what you said one more time and I realized I missed your point a second time. You are saying that Jewishness is not a nationality but a religious thing. I see what you are saying. sometimes these concepts are hard to grasp.

    • heb macman

      Actually, it’s both!… Therefore you can be a Jewish atheist…

      • Ivan

        Yes. I agree with you. But Daniel does not agree. I figure since he is a jew, I will defer to him.

        • heb macman

          In that case, I’m going to put you in a serious dilemma… I’m also a Jew… Look at my moniker… I’m a Hebrew Mac user :-)

          • Ivan

            Then we win haha. It’s like old maid. One jew plus one goy beats one jew. Daniel loses.

          • Ivan

            I saw a sign on the church down the street tonight. It says “we support israel.” There are many such signs on the local churches. I know I’m right when I say the people in my area will support israel long after left wing jews abandon israel. Because leftism is a disease. It requires no reason or motives. It’s internationalist and instinctively believes Israel is a form of racism. But Christians here generally believe that Israel has the title deed to their land in the bible, and that they have a greater clean to Israel than americans do to America. That’s all.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Actually it’s three things.

      A familial/ethnic group

      A nationality

      A religion

      Sometimes the term religious civilization is used

      The debate happens over the question of how many of these things can be subtracted.

      • Ivan

        Thanks for clarifying that. It’s interesting to learn. Also, it’s interesting how the American right is unashamedly pro israel and how American jews hide their Jewishness and cozy up to the left, when the left would be more than happy to see a second holocost I think. I see this as a spiritual matter in a way. I think the left is hostile to god and to obeying his laws, and Israel reminds them of god. I think this basic hostility goes deep. Also, just like they hate america which represents the bible, the Ten Commandments, and capitalism, they hate israel for some similar reasons.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Most of these people are not really Jews or Christians. They’re secular leftists. That’s where their allegiance lies.

          • Ivan

            I noticed that Orthodox Jews are much more likely to be part of the right. It’s the same with Christians. Perhaps leftism is not only a contrary doctrine to the laws of god, but is a kind of palliative that soothes the conscience of the godless man. This would also tend to mesh with your point. The more you look at the law, the clearer things become. The law is clear that every man is blessed for his own obedience and will be punished for his own sin. It’s the opposite of socialism. I think many people have made this point and I’m not being particularly clever.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            religious traditionalists are naturally conservative

            leftism is a kind of secular religion

          • Ivan

            You’re the best. Ur like the drudge report: I can’t live without some of that every day either. Go get ‘em.

      • Ivan

        I don’t know why, but I think the jews have the best people on wary, but maybe a good percentage of them are some of the weakest. Maybe 20 %. I think the problem comes somehow from too much thinking and introspection about themselves. In the celtic south, it never occurs to people that there might be something wrong with themselves. But I notice that the jews before ww2 thought too much about an obvious threat. And that goes for liberal jews today. They are being too introspective about the Islamic threat. The jews in France should absolutely arm themselves and fight. The ones in America who take up for Hamas etc should be shunned by all right thinking jews and Christians. They are traitors to our civilization, the enemy within that rots the soul. All these matters of good and evil are quite simple. How is it not possible to see who the bad guys are? When I see the black flags and the heads on poles, I know what should be done.