famous throughout Europe, this international bestseller plumbs recently
opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual,
practical accomplishments of Communism around the world: terror,
torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres. Astonishing in the
sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to
catalogue and analyze the crimes of Communism over seventy years.
"Revolutions, like trees, must be judged by
their fruit," Ignazio Silone wrote, and this is the standard the
authors apply to the Communist experience in the China of "the Great
Helmsman," Kim Il Sung's Korea, Vietnam under "Uncle Ho" and Cuba under
Castro, Ethiopia under Mengistu, Angola under Neto, and Afghanistan
The authors, all distinguished scholars based in Europe, document
Communist crimes against humanity, but also crimes against national and
universal culture, from Stalin's destruction of hundreds of churches in
Moscow to Ceausescu's leveling of the historic heart of Bucharest to
the wide scale devastation visited on Chinese culture by Mao's Red
number of victims
In the introduction, editor
Stéphane Courtois states that "...Communist
regimes... turned mass crime into a full-blown system of government"
He claims that a death toll totals 94 million .
breakdown of the number of deaths given by Courtois is as follows:
- 65 million in the People's Republic of China
- 20 million in the Soviet Union
- 2 million in Cambodia
- 2 million in North Korea
- 1.7 million in Africa
- 1.5 million in Afghanistan
- 1 million in the Communist states of Eastern Europe
- 1 million in Vietnam
- 150,000 in Latin America (mainly Cuba)
- 10,000 deaths "resulting from
actions of the international Communist movement and Communist parties
not in power." Courtois claims
that Communist regimes are responsible for a greater number of deaths
than any other political ideal or movement, including Nazism. The
statistics of victims includes executions, famine, deaths resulting
from deportations, physical confinement, or through forced labor.
death toll mounts the authors systematically show how and why, wherever
the millenarian ideology of Communism was established, it quickly led
to crime, terror, and repression. An extraordinary accounting, this
book amply documents the unparalleled position and significance of
Communism in the hierarchy of violence that is the history of the
twentieth century, continuing, unfortunately, into the twenty-first
If there is a single group of individuals that is
responsible for the bloodiest century humanity has known - the 20th
century is composed by the controlling members of the Administration (3) of the Roman Catholic Church.
May God judge them as He sees it fit.
Perhaps, after reading the above synopsis of the book, it
may be easier to understand why the people of Ukraine are determined
not to fall back again into the Soviet/Russian sphere of
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