Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was born on March 15, 1933, and Senator Dianne Feinstein on June 20 of the same year. An event that occurred six years later is far more significant than both those active public figures but much less understood, if known at all.
On August 23, 1939, Joseph Stalin of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics signed a pact with Adolph Hitler’s National Socialist regime in Germany. “Fascism is a matter of taste,” quipped Soviet foreign policy boss Vyacheslav Molotov, confirming that the two totalitarian regimes were essentially the same. Though often described as a “non-aggression pact,” the reverse was true.
The month after the Pact, Stalin and Hitler both invaded Poland, starting World War II. As Ben Peck noted in 2009 at Marxist.com, the Pact provided the Nazis with raw materials which “funded the Nazi war machine in Europe.” By 1940, Stalin supplied Hitler’s Germany with 900,000 tons of mineral oil, 100 tons of scrap iron, 500,000 tons of iron ore” and other important minerals. Soviet diplomats “groveled before the Führer in order to ingratiate themselves. In his cynical fashion, Stalin expelled each ambassador from the territories of the USSR as their countries were occupied by the Nazi armies.”
During the Pact, the Nazi and Soviet intelligence services teamed up against the Western democracies, and as the leftist Guardian recalls, the Stalin-Hitler collaboration did not end there. “Stalin also handed back a substantial number of German communists who had taken refuge in the Soviet Union after the Nazi seizure of power.” These Jewish communists, “were taken directly from the Soviet Gulag to a German concentration camp.” As Christopher Wolf notes, “not many people know that many Jews fled Stalin’s control as well.”
The Stalin-Hitler Pact prompted many Americans, Jewish and otherwise, to leave the Communist Party, never to return. Prolific screenwriter Dalton Trumbo joined the Communist Party during the Pact and worked like Stakhanov for the cause. In 1940, when Britain stood alone against Nazi attack, Trumbo wrote The Remarkable Andrew in which the ghost of General Andrew Jackson argues against American military aid to Britain because “there’s no point in cooking up an alliance with a country that’s already licked.”
In June, 1941, Hitler betrayed Stalin and invaded the USSR. After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in December, the USA joined the fight. The film Mission to Moscow, which some dubbed “Submission to Moscow,” appeared in 1943. That year the first Soviet Jewish delegation to the United States assured Americans that tales of anti-Semitism in the USSR were no more than malicious rumors. Samuel Ornitz, who would later join Trumbo in the Hollywood Ten, organized a reception for Soviet actor-director Solomon Mikoels and writer Itzak Feffer.
After the war the USSR occupied half of Europe and proclaimed the USA the main enemy. Stalin swung the USSR back to its traditional anti-Semitism, deriding Jews as “rootless cosmopolitans.” In 1948, Stalin had Mikoels murdered, his mutilated body signaling the dictator’s personal touch. Three years later an executioner’s bullet claimed Itzak Feffer. Many more Jews would have been killed had not Stalin died in 1953.
That year screenwriter and director Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men), previously an uncooperative witness before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, had second thoughts. Rossen willingly testified about the Communists during the Nazi-Soviet Pact and the murders of Mikoels and Feffer. The victims of the recent show trials in Czechoslovakia, Rossen told the Committee, were “all hung, in my opinion, for being Jews, and nothing else.”
In 1956, Soviet boss Nikita Khrushchev revealed the crimes of Josef Stalin, a strong contender for the worst mass murderer of all time. One would never know that from Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznik’s Untold History of the United States, which lists only two atrocities for Stalin, the massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn forest and “having the Red Army stop on the banks of the Vistula while the Germans put down the Warsaw uprising.”
In Stone’s account, the Stalin-Hitler Pact of 1939 is an “unsavory deal,” and after World War II Stalin’s peaceful USSR “had no blueprint for postwar Sovietization of Eastern Europe.” It might have been the clueless Gerald Ford claiming “there is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe,” in his debate with Jimmy Carter.
In similar style, those who know little or nothing of Communist realities or the Stalin-Hitler pact also ignore the current alliance of leftists and Islamists, the cutting edge of anti-Semitic hatred in our time. The Democrat-media axis, ignorant of the Pact and a lot more, smears as Nazis and racists those Americans who declined to vote for former First Lady Hillary Clinton.
As it happens, one of Clinton’s mentors is Robert Treuhaft, a Stalinist lawyer who joined the Communist Party USA after the Stalin-Hitler Pact and served faithfully in the USSR’s alibi armory. POTUS 44’s beloved Frank Marshall Davis, a Stalinist of exceptional ferocity, also joined the Communist Party USA after the Pact. The Democrat-media axis seems unaware of those realities, and a lot more.
And now abide junkthought, slander and ignorance, but the greatest of these is ignorance.