But the pretence that Soviet repression reached anything like the scale or depths of Nazi savagery – or that the postwar \”enslavement\” of eastern Europe can be equated with wartime Nazi genocide – is a mendacity that tips towards Holocaust denial. It is certainly not a mistake that could have been made by the Auschwitz survivors liberated by the Red Army in 1945.
Nor would the opposite mistake be made by those who died in their trainloads in the Gulag.
As I\’ve muttered before:
To kill someone for their class origins is just as bad as killing someone for their religious or ethnic origins. You’re killing someone, d’ye see? That Uncle Joe did it in the name of the proletariat while Hitler did it for some other reason he’d made up does not make Joe less evil, sorry, it just doesn’t.
We do indeed equate communism and fascism, we do indeed equate Hitler and Stalin, and Mao, Pol Pot and every other totalitarian thug who puts the population to the sword. For it\’s the putting to the sword bit that\’s wrong, not the justification for it, d\’ye see?