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article imageNazism joined Communism 75 years ago and we still pay the price

By Christopher Szabo     Aug 23, 2014 in World
Uzhorod - 75 years ago, my Uncle Elemér was condemned to death when Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Russia’s Josef Stalin became allies in a pact that would directly lead to the Second World War and many other horrors.
The Pact would result in crimes of unheard-of proportions which have not yet been dealt with by the human race as a whole, whether victims or supporters, believers or perpetrators.
True, my uncle never had a trial and was kidnapped from his home town of Ungvár (now Uzhorod, Ukraine) by the Soviet NKVD in 1944, but tens of millions of victims were effectively earmarked for death when these two murderers and their even more murderous ideologies united.
Saturday, 23 August, 2014 is the 75th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in which the two forms of totalitarian socialism, that of the National Socialist Workers Party (‘Nazi’ for short) and the international socialist Communist Party of the Soviet Union (named by both Marx and Lenin) joined hands.
The initial aim was to allow Hitler a free hand to invade Poland, but included a secret codicil defining the area to be occupied by Stalin. Stalin was to have a free hand in the Baltic States and Finland while Hitler was to be free to invade Western Europe.
As The Blaze explains, the world was able to come to terms (more or less) with the fact that Nazism was evil, but Communism was not so directly condemned. One reason, the article suggests, was the US (and it could be said, the British Commonwealth) allied with Stalin’s empire. Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Executive Director Marion Smith says the crimes of the two totalitarian systems are difficult to comprehend. He said:
“The level of cooperation [between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia] was official, real and deadly. The evil there is just so massive, it’s hard to wrap your head around.”
The Soviet NKVD (secret police, later the KGB) went as far as rounding up German Jews who had fled to Russia and handed them over to the SS.
One of my best friends Theodore Berkovits  held briefly by the Nazis in Hungary in 1944 because of h...
One of my best friends,Theodore Berkovits, held briefly by the Nazis in Hungary in 1944 because of his Jewish ancestry, he fought Communism in 1956. This photo was taken in exile in Sweden in 1995.
Everyone knows about the genocide of the Jewish people, which killed some six million, but Communism produced numerous similar-sized killings, and some reportedly larger. The Ukrainian Holodomor killed a number that was similar, and that doesn’t yet touch on Stalin’s purges or Communist China’s Cultural Revolution, the Communist genocide in Cambodia or the starvation of “bourgeois elements” in Mozambique in the 1970s.
One reason often advanced for the lack of facing Communist crimes is that many in Europe and America, not to mention Africa, Asia and Latin America, strongly supported it. But could another reason be the sheer horror and size of these massacres?
After all, one doesn’t want to constantly look at photos of barbed wire, skeletal people, tortures and mass graves.
Whatever the reason, it is common to all cultures that we want to remember the dead, and a day like “Black Ribbon Day” or the European Day of Remembrance for victims of Totalitarian Regimes is definitely badly needed. But it isn't enough.
And I still don't know where my uncle is buried.
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