Stalin was the biggest murderer of modern history - and maybe in of all mankind's past.
Which bring me to the current observations of the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp Auschwitz. Our media is full of stories about the persecution and mass killings of Europe's Jews in the 1930's and 1940's. And rightly so. But while the world remembers the Jewish Holocaust, it has almost totally forgotten the other Holocausts. Amid all the references to Nazi death camps, like Auschwitz, Sobibor, and Treblinka, there was not a mention of Magadan, Vorkuta Norilsk, or Perm, all infamous 'islands' of the Soviet system of industrial murder, known as "the Gulag." Or of the Ukrainian Holodomor.
From 1918 to the late 1950's (Stalin died in 1953), an estimated 20 million or more Soviet citizens were worked to death, shot or starved in the 500 camps that made up the Gulag. The most infamous and lethal were in the Arctic Circle and eastern Siberia.
The greatest number of deaths occurred in the 1930's when Stalin's reign of terror was at its apogee. By the end of the 1930's, the Gulag held close to 2 million inmates, about half political prisoners convicted on false charges. Millions of other Soviet citizens were starved in local prisons, shot in execution grounds or forests, and worked to death buildings canals and rail lines or forced to mine with their bare hands.
During 1932-33, Stalin sent chief henchman Lazar Kaganovitch to break resistance by Ukrainian independent small farmers to collectivization by starving them to death. In only a few years, some 6-7 million Ukrainians perished in what they call the Holodomor. No one was ever punished for this historic crime. Stalin told Churchill, "Kaganovitch is my Himmler."
The Soviet Baltic states saw particularly ferocious repression. So did Poland which was divvied up by both Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union. Six million Poles died. At least 2 million Muslims of the Soviet Union were murdered, either by shooting or, like the Chechen, packed into cattle cars and dumped on the ground in frigid Kazakhstan.
Stalin was given the sobriquet, "Destroyer of Nations."
No one knows the exact figure of deaths in the Soviet Union. But it far exceeded in numbers and scope Hitler's killings. Yet these epic Soviet crimes have all but vanished from our collective memories.
Almost equally disturbing, the US, Canada and Britain have never squarely faced the ugly fact that their close wartime ally, Stalin, was a far worse mass murderer than enemy Adolf Hitler. Or that Stalin's biggest crime occurred in the 1930's while Hitler's were not fully understood until after World War II. Stalin's terrible crimes were well known to Washington, Ottawa and London well before they got into bed with "Uncle Joe" Stalin. We allied with a great devil to fight a lesser one. This fact is rarely understood because our sense of World War II history remains heavily clouded by the propaganda of the victors.
Ever since, Hitler has been relentlessly demonized while Stalin has faded from our understanding. Germans still recoil at the mention of Hitler while in Russia nostalgia grows for Stalin and his era. Much of the evidence of Stalin's crimes has turned to dust; none of the perpetrators were ever punished. After briefly seeing the light of day during the Gorbachev era, the Stalin-era files have been resealed.
The Georgia Division strongly condemns New Orleans Mayor and City Council actions of hate and contempt aimed directly at the history and heritage of the New Orleans and the Southern people. We as descendants of Southern Soldiers are offended and insulted by the removal of these historical monuments. This is a perfect example of the divisive and contentious actions that individuals like New Orleans Mayor and the City Council intentionally seek to bring discord and division to the people of our great Nation. There is absolutely no difference between the terrorist actions of New Orleans Mayor and City Council and those of the Taliban and ISIS in their on-going endeavor of the destruction of cultural and historical heritage.
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February 12-14, 2016 - Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Florida
KANSAS SCHOOL CONTINUES TO BATTLE OVER FLAG
Last week we reported about a High School student in Kansas who was banned from flying a Battle Flag on his pick-up. Yesterday, an AP report shows the battle has gotten hotter. The reason it seems is that when the student removed his flag the administration was going to drop the matter so it is his fellow students who are turning on him. Calling on the school to impose an actual punishment.
The student body president was quoted as saying: "It's kind of at the point where we have to start doing things on our own to see the change." He is one of four students leading a petition drive. He and the other petition organizers - another white student and two black students - have gathered hundreds of signatures.
The student council had a closed-to-the-public meeting Wednesday focusing on matters of race and the Battle Flag.
Members of the school board, which next meets on Monday, will not respond to reporters.
One student council member told reporters: "I understand in other places that (the Confederate flag) is culture, but it's not an example of Kansas culture."
I guess they do not do a very good job of teaching State history in Kansas' public schools because the Confederate Battle Flag is very much a part of Kansas' culture. The reason is because the border of Kansas was MOVED after the WBTS. During and before the war some 1/3 or more of what is now Kansas was actually Oklahoma Indian Territory and part of the Confederacy. After the war the border of Kansas and Oklahoma was moved taking away land from the Indians who had fought for the wrong side in the recently ended conflict. When I lived in Wichita I told people that I lived in "The South" and I did because Wichita, during the WBTS, was actually in Oklahoma.
So the Confederate Battle Flag is very much a part of the culture of Kansas!
One of the leaders of the Oklahoma (Kansas) soldiers was General Gano.
Always a Christian gentleman, Richard Montgomery Gano distinguished himself as a Pastor, Congressman, Medical Doctor, and as a Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army. During the war, Kirby Smith, Commander of the Army of Trans-Mississippi, said that Gano was, "the most brilliant and effective" general in the western theatre. After the war, Gano would start churches throughout Kansas and Texas, preach protracted meetings throughout the re-united States, and baptize close to 5,000 converts.
We will send you an eBook copy of the 10-chapter book, The Life and Ministry of
General Richard M. Gano when you give a gift of $5 to Dixie Heritage.
General Gano's grandson was Howard Hughes. As a result, Gano's former ranch and home is now the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport. Making it even more inappropriate that for the first time in its history the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is banning the display of the Confederate battle flag.
A South Carolina group has hired a plane to drag a 25-foot-by-40-foot flag that adorned with the message, "BANNED BY FtW RODEO." It should rise around 11:30 a.m. "We are happy to help our compatriots in Fort Worth over this ISIS-style cleansing of Fort Worth history perpetrated by people who should know better," says the group's spokesman, P. Charles Lunsford, in a prepared statement. "If the rodeo organizers don't like the Confederate flag in their parade, we'll see how they like it several 100 feet over Will Rogers Coliseum."
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