Why Do American Jews Idealize Soviet Communism?

Perpetuating the romance of the Bolshevik regime, whose ‘good intentions’ cannot mask the horrors imposed in its name

[In] this country there was a time when virtually all intellectual vitality was derived in one way or another from the Communist Party. If you were not somewhere within the party’s wide orbit, then you were likely to be in the opposition, which meant that much of your thought and energy had to be devoted to maintaining yourself in opposition. In either case, it was the Communist Party that ultimately determined what you were to think about and in what terms.

This was written not in the Soviet Union or one of its satellites, but in New York in 1947 by Robert Warshow in Commentary magazine about the American culture of the previous decade. While slightly hyperbolic (the Southern Agrarians, the American Scholar, etc.?) it faithfully describes American Jewish culture of the time, emphatically including its Yiddish branch. At the extreme of this movement were people like Julius Rosenberg, George Koval, and Mark Zborowski, who actively spied for the Soviet Union. At the same time, editors of Communist publications, Hollywood and union activists, party writers and institutional leaders were all directed by Moscow and were joined by rank-and-file members in promoting the virtues of Stalinism over the evils of American constitutional democracy.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    I can only speculate that some of the most prominent early Bolsheviks were Jews who often suffered at the hand of the hated Romanovs and put forth a vision of universal economic equity. (Among them were Trotsky, Sverdlov, Kamenev, Zinoviev and Litvinov, nearly all purged by Stalin.) Once the train left the station, it became hard to stop even after the underlying horrors were exposed. Yes American Jews need to confront this past (except for the Orthodox, who never bought into the ideology).

    • It is bizarre.

      • vwVwwVwv

        Something like a Stockholm Syndrome may be….?

        • Very possible.

          • vwVwwVwv

            I not a psychologist rather a psychopath, but this would be a question for one.

  • Alain

    I don’t know why and frankly what difference does the reason make. Embracing evil is what it is, and simply because some of those embracing evil identify as Jews again makes no difference. The whole camp is a cancer on freedom and needs to be condemned for what it is. If all Jews embraced this evil, then one could question the reason, but they do not. That some of the group do, does not make the whole group guilty of anything nor should those calling them out be called anti-Semitic.

    • They were cultural Jews whose true creed was leftism, but very few were religious Jews I suspect.

      • vwVwwVwv

        Who was religiouse, no mainstream Jews got dirty, only the so called
        liberals Jews and converts to Atheism Marxism…..
        They had to intermarry as proof
        they refused Judaism,
        and as all converts, went the most brutal way vs their ex compatriots.

        • Drunk by Noon ✓

          Yet, those very same people that were converts to Atheistic Marxism are STILL considered Jews by almost all of Jewry.
          There are cultural aspects of Judaism that transcend a belief in God that live on well after someone has announced themselves as an atheist. One of those beliefs is one towards collectivization.

          • vwVwwVwv

            You have once again no idea, no one loves converts to other religions,
            Jews regard it as high treason and the Jewish punishment
            for this is quite not a useing, but you continue
            believing in the intern galactic Jewish
            consiracy, that’s easy.

          • Very true.

          • Alain

            Sorry but I fail to see any evidence of DbN believing in or supporting the Jewish conspiracy theory. That one can embrace atheism or communism while rejecting every tenet of Judaism can still qualify as a Jew mystifies a lot of people, not only DbN.

          • vwVwwVwv

            What is the punishment for worshipping idols in Judaism?
            What the punishment for a traitor a mosser?
            Under Jewish law ‘Skilla’ no?
            At least a Cherem was given to such and what’s Jewish then?
            There are Cheremim vs Socialism and Communism.
            On should name me on Jewish communist
            State Leader, for 100 Years not 1
            Jew ruled a Communist
            Party, but still the Jew is in the visors of DbN and others.
            Have you ever heared the Question how Christians love Communism ever?
            Marx, Engels,Lenin,Stalin, Mussolini,Hitler, Tito, Dubtshek, Tshaushescu, Honeker…….
            they have been Christians, each one of them But You Know The JEW……

          • Alain

            In past Jewish history such people were excommunicated or cast out, but that practice no longer exists. I think one reason for the reluctance to use it was the Holocaust which killed a big portion of Jews. This is only my take on the reason for ceasing to excommunicate them.

          • vwVwwVwv

            An other reason is that they won, they killed each and every rabbi
            they could get their hands on, kilos end down all schools,
            cheiders, Jeshives….. Terror was what they did.
            There have been and are outlasted but
            Politics and Press gives this
            Outcast a platform as a
            Jewish freak show.

            Have you an idea why Christians have a cultural love to communism?
            Hardly all communist nations have been Christian nations, no?

      • john700

        Question: why was my comment deleted? Isn’t this website supposed to be for free speech and against censorship? It seems that this ends when it’s about jews or homosexuals (on gatewaypundit).

    • Jews often served as a scapegoats for the very thing they ended up supporting.

      • Alain

        Hate laws comes to mind.

      • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

        What about Marx?

        • What about him? He and Engels created one of the worst political systems on the planet.

          But people all around the globe helped make it the bloodiest.

        • Marx was a religious Jew? Were his parents religious Jews? His wife and children? His atheist horror of a philosophy, was that Jewish?

          • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

            It’s not about the religion.

            People (Including jews) are trying to figure out why a disproportionate
            of enthically jewish people are drawn to things like Communism, Marxism, open borders, Anti-free speech causes and third wave anti-male feminism.

            You can literally place money down on the table in a bet that
            the person with power and influence calling for White-genocide (Professors) or pushing about open-borders (Except for Israel)
            or shutting down free speech are ethnically jewish.

            Time to face it and DEAL with it.

            So long as you have people like Goerge Soros funding things
            Hollywood pumping out of the propaganda ,the JDL and Zuckerberg
            and the CEO of Youtube shutting people down you’re going to have a really hard time saying the 14/88 crowd are full of shit.

          • Alain

            So what exactly do you mean by “time to face it and DEAL with it”? If by that you mean seeing all Jews as a collective and accusing all of them, then I strongly disagree. If however you mean that we must resist attacks on our freedom, our culture and country no matter how the attackers self-identify, then I am in full agreement. Evil remains evil regardless of the mask it hides behind.

          • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

            Ok, so why is that standard not applied to blacks?

          • vwVwwVwv

            There is a disproportionate number of Jews in film, art, medicine, science, consrvativism, politics, press, humor, Accademia…..

            Of curse you have disproportionate Jr. Of Jews in communism
            but also in anti communism and beneath communists victims.

          • vwVwwVwv

            Marx was Lutheran but he is from Jewish dissent…..

        • vwVwwVwv

          Marx was with 6years baptized Lutheran, he’s family had thereafter no
          Conection to Judaism, he was a famouse
          but Jewhateing Lutheran.

      • Dennis Prager drew a lot of heat some years ago for suggesting that Jews should apologize for communism. Hard to find the article nowadays. It was one of his columns.

        • It’s not like ALL Jews were to blame.

          No more than all Koreans should apologise for the Kim dynasty.

          “Gangnam Style”, however …

    • john700

      Hey, Jews did not embrace evil, they created it. Communism was a Jewish creation. Period.

      • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

        And Maxism and the Rules for Radicals the left uses an instruction manual.

        You can throw in the overwhelming majority of Third wave femimism as well.

      • Alain

        Why a Jewish creation? Isn’t rather like blaming all white people for Charles Manson? Also, the ones implementing communism were not Jews, such as Stalin, Mao, Castro and all the others.

        • vwVwwVwv

          Ok so Sovjetcommunism, Hitlerism and Fashism…..
          Is a creation of Cristian’s, because Christians created it, white Christians?….?????

        • vwVwwVwv

          Ok so Sovjetcommunism, Hitlerism and Fashism…..
          Is a creation of Cristian’s, because Christians created it, white Christians?….?????

  • vwVwwVwv

    Because most of US Jews walked through US Akademisation,
    what makes people Akademists instead of Akkademics,
    Communist Akademists, watch your university’s
    they turn your brightest star in to
    Red Zombis, regardless
    of religion which
    they turn
    away.

  • Because they’re stupid, just like any other dolt who thinks that mass murder builds stable economies.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote a book on this subject called “Two Hundred Years Together”, only available now in English after almost 20-years of waiting because no publisher was willing to publish it in English, and an essay from 1974 titled “Repentance and Self-Limitation in the Life of Nations”.

    Edit: Okay, I don’t think I can say any more on this subject.

    • vwVwwVwv

      Alxander Soljenitzin was a Russian Nationalist wo did everything to excuse the Russians for what they allways did and do till today.

      • Have you read any of his books?

        • vwVwwVwv

          Archipelago gulag, in Russian.
          I also listened to his interviews in Russian….
          USSR had a maximum of 1% of Jews, you can researchers how many
          of the so called Political Prisoners have been Jews,
          It is astounding. Soljenitzin did a great
          work in preserving the memory
          but he loved his natio
          to much for to
          Question why they get her allways around a psychopath in the Kremlin,
          he rather searched for a way to blame others, very Russian I say.

          • I think Solzhenitsyn was very clear who was to blame for the destruction of Russia. I don’t think Solzhenitsyn hated Jewish people but he was candid about the communist ones.

          • vwVwwVwv

            You have never heared about Russian hate of Jews?
            “The Protocos of the Elders of Zion” is a Russian Forgery.
            Jews had never the right to Live within the Borders of Russia,
            Only in the occupied territories, the killing of a Jew was no big deal,
            Jews had no right to do any job Christians did, never the right to own a shop,
            Go to a higher shool, own land and so on….

            You had so called Stetel, villages in which you had 10 barbers, 10 hoof smiths,
            10 tailors, musicians…… But no work, hunger despises and the nesessyty
            To work for what other people would throw away was Jewish
            Fortune in Zarist Russia, there was a rul, a policy.
            A 1/3 of the Jews should convert (they rather converted to communism)
            A 1/3 should die of hunger and a 1/3 should immigrante.
            That’s where most of the US Jews came from to the USA.
            The ugliest law was the cantonists law in Russia.
            Every village must gave a numbre teen boys away to the Russian army,
            Where they got molested, used as sexslavery or beaten to death,
            very few survived this privilege.

            If Soljinitzin was a proud Russian nationalist it would have been astounding if
            It would come with no Antisemitism, it’s part of their culture.

          • Yes, I’ve heard of anti-semitism in Russia, but I would hardly call Solzhenitsyn an apologist for it.

          • vwVwwVwv

            I am not alone in doing so, heared it from smarter than I, he does apologies
            all the horrors Russia did and does. Russia is from the Zarist time a burden
            on many nations and since at least the 50’s a Global Destabilisation factor
            with billions of ruined life’s and millions of murdered.
            Antisemitism is just a tip on an
            Iceberg.

          • Well, it’s Russia. It excels at genocide.

          • vwVwwVwv

            Yes they even sometimes genocide them self.
            When I lately asked a Russian when they will
            return occupied Japanese courile Ireland’s
            they called me a radical.

          • It’s not like Russia is going to do anything with them.

            But the fishing is good.

          • vwVwwVwv

            Russia has allways an excuse, allways a reason, allways innocent…..
            It’s empty, they don’t do there nothing and Fishing is in high sea,
            but you know Russia was mistreated by Jews, Ukrainians,
            Georgians, Tshetshens, Finns, Lituanians, Pols…..
            Russia is a Genozide Machine.

          • Yes, I am aware of how Russia has treated other countries.

          • vwVwwVwv

            Impressive because it is hardly published.

          • There are all kinds of sources in print and online. People don’t often read these things, however.

          • vwVwwVwv

            This is rather a typical thing for Russians, so typical I even don’t care.
            Soljinitzin is very famouse but just that he suffered makes him no saint.

          • Solzhenitsyn is the one most people listened to.

          • vwVwwVwv

            As I told you, he has lot to tell and an agenda and why shouldn’t he?

          • No one said that he shouldn’t.

          • vwVwwVwv

            It can be even dangerouse to do it.

          • Indeed.