Editor’s note: The following is a review written about a book called The Whisperers which chronicles the thousands of “snitches” living in Soviet Russia that “ratted” out their neighbors. These people may have been responsible for millions of deaths. This was an integral part of keeping the Soviet population under control as the NKVD was not large enough to spy on and monitor everyone. Given the current manufactured corona crisis, many governors and states are promoting this kind of behavior as a way to enforce their draconian “laws” Here is just one example of a website for Illinois reporting here. Of course Hitler and the “Evil Nazis” often get all the blame for this type of behavior, but guess what, it’s just more self-projection on the part of the Jews! Here is the original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/columnists/article-483230/Traitors-family-Stalins-informers.html
Neighbors. Friends. Even your closest loved ones. In Stalin’s Russia, everyone was an informer. And as a chilling new book reveals, one word from a resentful child was enough to send you to the firing squad.
When two teenage boys were found stabbed to death in a forest in western Siberia, investigators decided that they had been killed by their own relations, because one of the youngsters had denounced his father to Stalin’s Soviet authorities.
The case in September 1932 became a cause celebre in Russia and the dead boy was hailed as a martyr to the people’s cause.
He had chosen loyalty to the State in preference to the pernicious bourgeois notion of duty to a parent. It had been alleged that his father, Trofim Morozov, was a kulak, a rich peasant from the class which Stalin had set out to exterminate as he collectivised every farm in the Soviet Union.
More than a million so- called kulaks were dispossessed of their lands, evicted from their homes and shipped eastwards in long columns of human misery, to labour in the camps of the Gulag – and later, likely enough, to be shot, as was Trofim Morozov.
Heaven knows what boyish grievance persuaded his 15-year-old son Pavlik to denounce him.
The teenager was a “Pioneer”, a member of the Soviet youth movement, a perversion of the Scouts, which trained its members to believe that to inform against the people’s enemies represented a high ideal, that to betray one’s own family was the highest good of all.
At Trofim’s trial, he cried out despairingly to his son in the witness box: “It’s me, your father!” Pavlik said coldly to the judge: “Yes; he used to be my father, but I no longer consider him my father. I am not acting as a son, but as a Pioneer.”
This victory against his father, however, provoked Pavlik to a rash boldness – denouncing others in the village. In their rage, they killed him.
The murder was probably the work of local teenagers, but the Soviet authorities held a show trial of the family, following which Pavlik’s grandfather, grandmother, cousin and godfather were all sent to the firing squad.
The story of the Morozovs received extensive publicity, because Russia’s terrible dictator perceived it as a morality tale – of a quite different kind to any which we understand.
In the 1930s, Stalin smashed the mould of Russian society in a fashion the world had never seen before, and would not see again until the rise of Mao Tse-Tung in China.
Hitler, in Germany, did nothing remotely as radical to his own people, whatever his enormities against the Jews and other subject races.
Stalin set about building a new universe, in which every old loyalty to kin, friends, colleagues was extinguished and replaced by one fealty alone – to “The People”, of whose interests he was sole arbiter.
To justify oppression and savagery, the State needed enemies.
If they did not exist, they had to be invented, through a system of informers which eventually embraced at least one in ten of Russia’s citizens.
“The mildest and at the same time the most widespread form of betrayal was not to do anything directly,” in the words of the great writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “but just not to notice the doomed person next to one.”
“They had arrested a neighbour, your comrade at work, or even your close friend. You kept silence. You acted as if you had not noticed.”
Every apartment block, every village, every collective, every factory had its corps of official informers who, to justify their existence and often to survive themselves, needed a steady flow of denunciations.
The victims often had no clue what “crime” they had committed.
They were merely shipped to the Gulag, where they slaved until hunger, disease or execution ended their sufferings.
In 1942, the death rate in Russia’s camps reached 25 per cent – in that one year, a quarter of the vast prison population died.
So mad did Stalin’s world become that some people signed confessions which amounted to their own death warrants even without torture.
They were conditioned to believe that the Party must know best.
If the Party said they were “enemies of the people”, so they must be.
This is the society which historian Orlando Figes chronicles in terrifying detail in his new book, The Whisperers.
Figes has become Britain’s foremost expert on Revolutionary Russia, interviewing hundreds of elderly survivors of one of the most terrible experiences of the 20th century.
How anyone with a mind lived through those years and kept their sanity remains a mystery.
That phrase, “the whisperers”, embraces two realities.
First, every citizen learned never to utter their thoughts aloud, even in the bosom of their family, and never to express the mildest criticism of the regime. It was safe to speak only in murmurs.
The second kind of whisperers were, of course, the great legion of informers, who told their mad tales to the NKVD (Moscow’s enforcers) and then watched their victims swept away to their fate.
To be a child offered no security.
Between 1935 and 1940, Soviet courts convicted 102,000 children of petty crimes.
Millions of sons and daughters of those sent to the Gulag or executed in the Purges, at their climax in 1938-39, were sent to orphanages or joined children’s gangs to live as scavengers.
Mikhail Nikolaev, who was one of them, describes how he joined a steel plant at the age of 12: “We worked in shifts – one week, 12 hours every night, the next 12 hours every day. The working week was seven days.”
Yet these little slaves were told they were “the most fortunate children in the world”, because everything was provided for them by the State: “If we had lived in any other country, we would have died from hunger – and of course we believed every word.
“We learned not to think or feel but to accept everything that we were told in the orphanage. All our ideas we received from Soviet power.”
The most terrifying aspect of the story is that Stalin’s methods worked.
By killing everyone who might conceivably dare to oppose him, he sustained his own supremacy from Lenin’s death in 1924 until his own passing in 1953.
When the will of his enforcers flagged, they, too, were purged.
In July 1937, the NKVD boss in Omsk province, Edouard Salyn, protested against setting quotas for the scale of executions.
In his area, he said, there were “insufficient numbers of enemies of the people and Trotskyists to warrant a campaign of repression and, in general, I consider it wrong to decide how many people to arrest and shoot”.
Those remarks caused Salyn himself to be shot.
A Russian diarist, Arkadii Mankov, noted in 1937: “It is pointless to talk about the public mood.
“People talk only in secret, behind the scenes and privately. The only people who express their views in public are drunks.”
Many of them were shot, too.
Some “enemies of the people” agreed to sign confessions, in return for safety for their families.
But few such promises were kept – Stalin eliminated every relative of most of his prominent foes.
One old Bolshevik named Stanislav Kosior withstood torture himself, but cracked when his 16-year-old daughter was brought into his room and raped before his eyes.
The wives of “guilty” men were often shot automatically.
Mere failure to betray their husbands was proof of complicity.
A film writer named Valerii Frid, who was arrested in 1943 but survived into old age, said later: “I can think of no analogy in human history.
“I’ll have to make do with an example from zoology: the rabbit paralysed by the boa constrictor – we were all like rabbits who recognised the right of the boa constrictor to swallow us; whoever fell under the power of its gaze would walk quite calmly and with a sense of doom into its mouth.”
According to one estimate, 116,885 Communist Party members were arrested or shot in 1937-38. As for the hapless small fry, at least 681,692 were shot for “crimes against the State” in the same period, while around two million were sent to the Gulag, where many died anyway. Among the Red Army, 412 out of 767 members of its high command were executed, 29 died in prison and three committed suicide.
Liubov Shaporina, who founded a puppet theatre in Leningrad, wrote in her diary for November 22, 1937: “The joys of everyday life:”
“I wake up in the morning and automatically think: thank God I was not arrested last night, they don’t arrest people during the day, but what will happen tonight, no one knows.“
“I’m lucky. I simply don’t care. But the majority of people are living in terror.”
It is a reflection of the horrors of Stalin’s Russia that when Hitler invaded in June 1941, many Russians felt themselves liberated by the experience which followed.
Despite the deaths of 27million of their people, after 1945, veterans looked back on the war with nostalgia.
A Russian scientist said in the 1970s: “At that time, we felt closer to our government than at any other time in our lives.
“It was not their country then, but our country.”
“It was not they who wanted this or that to be done, but we who wanted to do it. It was not their war, but our war.”
Yet the war brought scant relief to the inmates of the Gulag.
While some ordinary criminals, mere thieves and cutthroats, were released to fight, political prisoners remained enslaved.
When the war ended, the Gulag population actually expanded.
A million new prisoners were admitted between 1945 and 1950.
The 2.4 million inmates of 1949 had become a vital element of the Soviet workforce and were especially useful for mining in the terrible cold of the Arctic, where voluntary labour would not go.
In the 1950’s, after Stalin’s death, while Soviet citizens continued to be denied anything we would call freedom, far fewer suffered extreme penalties.
The survivors of the Purges were released, though the spirit of most was broken. Liuba Babitskaia, a beautiful young woman when she was arrested in 1938, was released in 1947 as a shadow of her old self.
When her grandchildren fell over and cried, she would tell them brutally to pull themselves together, because “much worse” could happen to them. She was selfish and greedy about food, emotionally closed even to her family.
Her granddaughter said: “She kept a suitcase packed with winter clothes and dried food beneath her bed in case they came for her again.”
“She was terrified of the telephone and doorbell when they rang at night, and took fright when she saw policemen in the street.”
There were millions like Liuba, wrecks of human beings destroyed by a regime different from that of Hitler, but in some ways even more diabolical.
It is a frightening reflection that today, many Russians are nostalgic for Stalin.
They say: “He made our country great.”
They either do not know, or – worse – do not care, what the tyrant did to the Russian people.
The most prominent modern Russian who thinks this way is, of course, President Putin.
In the unlikely event that he reads Orlando Figes’s spine-chilling tale, it seems most likely that he would applaud his predecessor’s achievement.
• The Whisperers:Private Life In Stalin’s Russia by Orlando Figes is published by Allen Lane on October 4 at £25. To order a copy at £22.50 (p&p free), call 0845 606 4213.
Know Your Enemy
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” – Sun Tzu –
The following is my attempt at satire or maybe not! I came up with three types of people during the corona plandemic that would be most willing to turn in their neighbor, but for different reasons, given their motivation. Take a look, and beware of these three. If you can think of anymore, let me know.
The Fear Zombie – This is the majority of the people out there. These are the people who are glued to their phones and TV, waiting for the next update about the pandemic. Like a drug addict waiting for their next hit, they can’t get enough of their drug of choice: fear. They of course trust the lying press and criminal politicians 100%, and have no desire to question the narrative or do their own research. Somewhere in the back of their minds they know if they did those things, then they would have to make tough decisions and find some courage within themselves. In the end, this is too hard, and they would rather stay asleep, and under the hypnotic spell of our media liars who carefully brainwash these people using a variety of tactics: constant fear, use of celebrities, repetition, and carefully creating the image and therefore reality in their minds of a monster that can defy all laws of nature. To the fear zombies the corona virus is the god of their choice that they worship, and this is the main reason why it is so difficult to appeal to these people by reasoning with them. It is literally a religious experience for them, albeit not a positive one, that they use faith to comprehend and not rationality. This should not happen to those who are Christian, for example because the 2nd commandment states, “you shall have no other god before me”.
The Trump Hater – these are your classic libtards and dummicraps. They are so blinded by Trump hatred they would love to see the entire economy and constitution go up in flames if it would only hurt Trump. They are sneaky though; their intentions are not readily apparent. They hide behind the “official” scientists as justification for their actions, and don’t mention out in the open, their hatreds for Trump, but they are only fooling themselves. They have drunk the Kool-Aid but just on a different level. They can’t get past their petty politicization of this crisis. They think this is Republicans vs. Democrats, but it is really us (we the people who have had our rights stripped from us) and them (ALL power-hungry politicians who do not act on behalf of their constituents).
The Hardcore Commie – These people truly want to see the world burn, our world, due to their stupid hatred of “capitalism”. They probably also hate Trump as well, but their real objective is seeing our entire American way of life thrown in the trash can, and would love nothing more than to see the false flag pandemic usher in a communist new world order for the U.S. Again, they hide in the shadows with their real views, and love to praise Governor Pritzker, for example, or the Governor of Michigan, a total commie creep. The sad thing is, they actually think they will get something out of the end result (the establishment of a Soviet style state). They have no idea they are “useful idiots”. This term actually was used by Soviet communist leaders to describe the people that helped them get into power. Leaders like Trotsky promised these people everything and more, if only they would help them get into power. Sadly, the only people who benefited from the Russian “revolution” (actually a coup), were the top leaders, and the behind the scenes “investors”. The useful idiots were the first to go, because they rebelled first (hey, where is my stuff!!), and they were sent to the gulags or had a bullet put in the back of their head. After that, everyone else also experienced torture, death, or internment.