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Karl Radl
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Part IX

‘The greater part of the guard was dispatched to the Front: only two shifts remained. One was almost entirely composed of Jews. It was even called “the Jewish Guard.” The majority of these Jews treated us very well, and individual Red Guards showed a great understanding, and openly condemned the executions.’ (171) [+]

‘Our courier, or interpreter, or whatever he was, kept his eye on us sharply for the rest of the journey. He was a young Jew, typical of a multitude of others who were thriving under the service of the Soviet Government, for they seem to have a peculiar facility for adapting themselves to conditions under which the ordinary man sinks. I was old enough to have been his father, and found his rudeness almost unbearable. He was constantly breaking into conversation with my wife, and he was amazingly lacking in common sense. His chief aim seemed to be to pump absurd propaganda into the ears of strangers.’ (172) [+]

‘As we were leaving the hotel for a walk through the city, a young Jew by the name of Feinberg stopped us at the door. There seemed to be no way of dodging these interpreters.’ (173) [+]

‘There entered an American Jew with a red badge in his buttonhole which showed him to be a member of the Communist party. I went over to him and found that he was holding forth to two of the Americans about the blessings of Soviet rule.’ (174) [+]

‘I gather from what I have heard in the famine districts. The speculators, often Jewish, in the provinces have fought shy of administrative positions, and have preferred instead to capture the less arduous and more profitable jobs in charge of Soviet warehouses and stores. The notorious “Soviet mice” who eat the corn in the Government stores, not to speak of other food-stuffs, wares, and goods, still flourish in these provincial places.’ (175) [+-]

‘The number of Jews in the Foreign Office and the Soviet institutions I called at, is extraordinary. It is exceptional in Moscow to find anybody there in an at all responsible post who is not of that race.’ (176) [+]

‘Few people ventured to be so outspoken as this, for everybody feared the four or five Communists who were attached to the regiment to eavesdrop and report any remarks detrimental to the Bolsheviks. One of these Communists was a Jew, a rare occurrence in the rank and file of the army. He disappeared when the regiment was moved to the front, doubtless having received another job of a similar nature in a safe spot in the rear. The only posts in the Red army held in any number by Jews are the political posts of commissars. One reason why there appear to be so many Jews in the Bolshevist administration is that they are nearly all employed in the rear, particularly those departments (such as of food, propaganda and public economy) which are not concerned with fighting. It is largely to the ease with which Jewish Bolsheviks evade military service, and the arrogance some of them show toward the Russians whom they openly despise, that the intense hatred of the Jew and the popular belief in Russia that Bolshevism is a Jewish “put-up” are due. There are, of course, just as many Jews who oppose the Bolsheviks, and many of those are lying in prison.’ (177) [+]

‘The singers had studiously rehearsed, the execution was excellent, the enthusiasm they aroused was unbounded, and they were recalled again and again. They would probably have gone on endlessly had not the Jewish agitator, who was acting as master of ceremonies and who had to make a speech later, announced that they must get along with the programme.’ (178) [+]

‘Intellectuality in the party has always been represented largely, though by no means exclusively, by Jews, who dominate the Third International, edit the Soviet journals, and direct propaganda. It must never be forgotten, however, that there are just as many Jews who are opposed to Bolshevism, only they cannot make their voice heard.’ (179) [+]

‘In discussing with the Bolsheviks, out of official hours, the internal Russian situation, the Lithuanians asked how, in the view of the universal misery and lack of liberty, the Communists continued to maintain their dominance. To which a prominent Bolshevik leader laconically replied: “Our power is based on three things: first, on Jewish brains; secondly, on Lettish and Chinese bayonets; and thirdly, on the crass stupidity of the Russian people.”’ (180) [+]

‘The Social-Democratic members were, however, mostly Jews or Georgians; and this predominance of the foreign element was greatly strengthened when the Bolshevik leaders returned to Russia.’ (181)

‘The next day I made the acquaintance of my fellow travellers, an elderly Russian from Dvinsk, a Pole and a barely twenty-year-old Jew just home from exile in a threadbare suit of blue cheviot and broken boots, but with eyes that were fire. He was an Under-Commissar in the food distribution bureau at Petrograd, he said.’ (182) [+]

‘The first room I came into harboured “The Third Internationale Executive and Agitation Committee of Bjelof for the Propagation of Bolshevistic Ideas among the Prisoners of War in Russia.” Here sat a Hungarian, and a Viennese Jew, but evidently they were not the ones I was to see. The corridor on the first floor was full of people. They were petitioners and persons waiting to see the head commissar of Bjelof, sent out by the Soviets’ central committee in Moscow – Mr. Rosenfeld, the very man I wished to get in touch with. As it was still in those when a foreigner in Russia commanded just so much respect as he demanded, I went past the whole mob right into the audience room.

There were six or seven persons in the place, and it was a little while before I got my bearings. Two soldiers sat on a bed, with their rifles between their boots, and smoked cigarettes, and another man in a soldier’s cape lay in a corner and slept loudly on a pile of cartridge belts. A pale man, with a face like yellow peas, sat at a small table on which there was a typewriter, and ate soup. In the middle of the room a man, whom I supposed to be Rosenfeld, without a collar and wearing long boots, was conferring with two tousled youths in the black blouses of the Russian Intelligentsia. Rosenfeld was a fattish Jew of about 35-40 years. I drew his attention to me by handing him a glazed card with all the titles which a foreigner travelling in Russia does not disdain to claim. Rosenfeld willingly let himself be impressed, he overwhelmed me with politeness and excuses for the untidiness of the place, with bows and noble gestures. He personally took a machine gun off an armchair that I might sit down. He was apparently figuring out something else while he studied me and my errand. The man with the soup was set to click off a flattering letter of introduction for me and Rosenfeld gave all my papers his personal vise.’
(183) [+]

‘It was already growing light when I was wakened and presented for the commissar, a young Jew with a highly sympathetic personality, and for his adjutant who quite the opposite was a highly sinister person, no doubt a Pole, who looked as if he might very well be his own executioner also.’ (184) [+]

‘The President of the soviet and the Commandant of the two – he combined the two offices – was a Red Jew who had some manufactured name which I have forgotten. His age was uncertain.’ (185) [+]

‘One surprise of this Revolution of surprises was the extraordinary influx of Jews into Petrograd and the prohibited towns and districts when the victory of the people was assured.’ (186) [+]

‘If Witte had made his proposal sooner – it might have met with a different reception. But now – now the Jewish cause is indissolubly bound up with the revolutionary Bund. The Jews will owe their emancipation to force, and they will see to it that the fore is sufficient to burst their bonds and give them all their rights.’ (187) [+]

‘You see, we were in the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party, but there were various organizations of the Jews. The Marxist non-Zionist organization of Jews was the Bund. Abramovich was a leading man with the Mensheviks, but was also a leader of the Bund. But then there were two Zionist socialist parties, one called the Socialist Zionists (Sotsialist sionisty), ideologically like the SR’s, and then there were the Poaleitsion, which means in Hebrew “the workers of Zion.” I think they had a Marxist orientation, but the difference between them and the Bund was that the Bund did not believe in Zionism.’ (188) [+J]

‘After the talk there was a discussion in which I participated. My main opponent was Iurii Petrovich Figatner, quite a remarkable man, a Bolshevik, an old revolutionary, Jewish, about then years older than I. He had something to do with the Kislovodosk Soviet.’ (189) [+J]

‘In the summer of 1900, Mendel Rosenbaum, a Russian of Jewish extraction, who had been captured at the frontier in October, 1898, attempting to import prohibited literature, thrown into prison, and removed to the provinces as a preliminary to Siberian exile, managed to escape to Switzerland with the aid of a small sum granted from a special fund raised by the Society of Friends of Russian Freedom.’ (190)

References

(171) K. Alinin, 1920, ‘Tche-ka: The Story of the Bolshevist Extraordinary Commission’, 1st Edition, Russian Liberation Committee: London, p. 52
(172) Alexander Schwartz, 1921, ‘The Voice of Russia’, 1st Edition, E. P. Dutton: New York, p. 22
(173) Ibid, p. 39
(174) Carl Bechhofer, 1921, ‘Through Starving Russia: Being the Record of a Journey to Moscow and the Volga Provinces in August and September 1921’, 1st Edition, Methuen: London, p. 24
(175) Ibid, pp. 107-108. I have marked this quote as potentially problematic, because Bechhofer seems to be repeating hearsay as opposed to what he had himself observed or knew to be true.
(176) Ibid, p. 139
(177) Paul Dukes, 1922, ‘Red Dusk and the Morrow: Adventures and Investigations in Red Russia’, 1st Edition, Self-Published: New York, pp. 228-229. It should be noted that Sir Paul Dukes was the former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service in Soviet Russia when he wrote this book.
(178) Ibid, p. 256
(179) Ibid, p. 283
(180) Ibid, p. 316
(181) E. H. Wilcox, 1919, ‘Russia’s Ruin’, 1st Editon, Chapman & Hall: London, pp. 159-160. It should be noted that Wilcox had been the Petrograd correspondent of ‘The Daily Telegraph’ in 1917.
(182) Henning Kehler, Frithjof Toksvig (Trans.), 1922, ‘The Red Garden’, 1st Edition, Alfred A. Knopf: New York, p. 16
(183) Ibid, pp. 37-38
(184) Ibid, p. 90
(185) Ibid, p. 148
(186) Stinton Jones, 1917, ‘Russia in Revolution: Being the Experiences of an Englishman in Petrograd during the Upheaval’, 1st Edition, McBride, Nast & Company, p. 274
(187) Emile Joseph Dillon, 1918, ‘The Eclipse of Russia’, 1st Edition, J. M. Dent: Paris, pp. 6-7
(188) Jacob Marschak, 1971, ‘Recollections of Kiev and the Northern Caucasus, 1917-1918’, Regional Oral History Office: The University of California at Berkeley, p. 19
(189) Ibid, p. 35
(190) George Perris, 1905, ‘Russia in Revolution’, 1st Edition, Chapman & Hall: London, p. 65
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