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The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression

Edited by
Stéphane Courtois


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PURPOSE

To fully and professionally quantify the damage done by allowing Russia to spread its errors throughout the world. Specially when it could have been prevented so easily.


INTRODUCTION

What you read below unexpectedly reached our hands on January 24th, 2014. Being that the information is made available on a free-to-all basis, and its dovetails so well with our position regarding the consequences the world endured by the inaction of the Roman Catholic Church Administration regarding the Fatima events (1), we have chosen to publish as a guest document.

The forwarded communication was signed by "Rafael" - whom we do not know but to whom we are deeply grateful for making this available to all.


DETAILS

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression (2) is a book written by several European academics and edited by Stéphane Courtois, which documents a history of repression, both political and civilian, by Communist states, including genocide, extra judicial executions, deportations, and artificial famines.

The book was originally published in 1997 in France under the title Le Livre noir du communisme: Crimes, terreur, répression by
Éditions Robert Laffont. In the United States it is published by Harvard University Press. The German edition, published by Piper Verlag, includes a chapter written by Joachim Gauck, who later went on to be President of Germany.

Already 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 under Najibullah.

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 Guards.

Estimated 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 .

The 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.
As the 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 century.



CONCLUSIONS

If there is a single group of individuals that is fully 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.


EPILOGUE

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 influence.


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(1) The Inaction - The Betrayal of Trust
(2)  Complete Book on PDF Format  [Note: It takes a while for the 911 page book to load up even after being downloaded from on-line.]
(3) About the Roman Catholic Church Administration



Published on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul - January 25, 2014

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