Wednesday, 7 October 2015

It's clear that comment critical of Jews, or even information that might lead a reasonable person to form unfavourable opinions about Jews, has essentially been banished from mainstream discourse without European civilisation. As a result, information or discussion of this type is found only on fringe websites.

There is much that is intriguing on these websites. If you browse them, you will find thought-provoking quotes, sources and ideas you are very unlikely to come across if the Establishment media is your sole source of information.

One claim I have come across recurrently on these sites is that the Bolsheviks made antisemitism a death penalty offence when they came to power, the implication obviously being that Bolshevism was a Jewish conspiracy designed to advance the ethnic interests of Jews against the goyim.

There is no question that the Jewish involvement in the Bolshevist movements was vastly disproportionate to their share of the population and that, beyond the mere numbers, was strategically critical.

Strictly considering the issue of whether antisemitism was made a death penalty offence, however, I found this information in a book called "The Jews in Soviet Russia since 1917" edited by Lionel Kochan, published in 1978.
The first effort to make antisemitism a state crime came in July 1918 when the Council of People's Commisars issued an order which called for destruction of 'the antisemitic movement at its roots' by outlawing 'pogromists and persons inciting to pogroms'. The R.S.F.S.R. Criminal Code of 1922 banned 'agitation and propaganda arousing national enmities and dissensions,' and specified a minimum of one year's solitary confinement and death in time of war for those perpetrating such an offence. The R.S.F.S.R. Criminal Code of 1927 established the penalty of loss of freedom of 'no less than two years' for 'propaganda or agitation aimed at arousing national or religious enmities and dissension.' Similar punishment was to be inflicted for the dissemination, manufacture, or possession of literature which stirs national and religious hostility. The present R.S.F.S.R. Criminal Code which went into effect in 1961 reads: 'Propaganda or agitation aimed at inciting racial or national enmity or discord ... is punishable by loss of personal freedom for a period of six months to three years, or exile from two to five years.'
So, the claim that antisemitism was punishable by death is not completely without foundation, but this seems only to have applied from 1922 on and in time of war.


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