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JEWISH BOLSHEVISM, also known as JUDEO-BOLSHEVISM, is an antisemitic and anti-communist canard which alleges that the Jews
were at the origin of the Russian Revolution
Russian Revolution
and held the primary power among Bolsheviks . Similarly, the JEWISH COMMUNISM theory implies that Jews have been dominating the Communist movements in the world. It is similar to the ZOG conspiracy theory , which asserts that Jews
control world politics. The expressions have been used as a catchword for the assertion that Communism
is a Jewish conspiracy.

In Poland, "Judeo-Bolshevism" was known as " Żydokomuna
" and was used as an antisemitic stereotype.

The expression was the title of a pamphlet, _The Jewish Bolshevism_, and became current after the 1917 October Revolution
October Revolution
in Russia, featuring prominently in the propaganda of the anti-communist "White " forces during the Russian Civil War .

The theory was later propagated by the Nazi Party
Nazi Party
and their American sympathizers.


* 1 Origins * 2 Jewish involvement in Russian Communism
* 3 Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany

* 4 Outside Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany

* 4.1 Great Britain, 1920s

* 5 Works propagating the Jewish Bolshevism canard

* 5.1 The Jewish Bolshevism * 5.2 The Octopus * 5.3 Behind Communism

* 6 Criticism of the Jewish Bolshevism canard * 7 See also * 8 Notes * 9 References * 10 Further reading * 11 External links


White movement propaganda poster from the Russian Civil War era (1919), a caricature of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky
, who was viewed as a symbol of Jewish Bolshevism.

The conflation of Jews
and revolution emerged in the atmosphere of destruction of Russia during World War I . When the revolutions of 1917 crippled Russia's war effort, conspiracy theories grew up - even far from Berlin and Petrograd, many Britons for example, ascribed the Russian Revolution
Russian Revolution
to an "apparent conjunction of Bolsheviks, Germans and Jews."

The worldwide spread of the concept in the 1920s is associated with the publication and circulation of _The Protocols of the Elders of Zion _, a fraudulent document that purported to describe a secret Jewish conspiracy aimed at world domination. The expression made an issue out of the Jewishness of some leading Bolsheviks (most notably Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky
) during and after the October Revolution. Daniel Pipes says that "primarily through _the Protocols of the Elders of Zion_, the Whites spread these charges to an international audience." James Webb wrote that it is rare to find an antisemitic source after 1917 that ..."does not stand in debt to the White Russian analysis of the Revolution."


Main articles: History of the Jews in Russia and History of the Jews in the Soviet Union
Soviet Union

Antisemitism in the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
existed both culturally and institutionally. The Jews
were restricted to live within the Pale of Settlement , and suffered pogroms . Between 1881 and 1920, more than two million Jews
left Russia.

As a result, many Jews
supported gradual or revolutionary changes within the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
. Those movements ranged from the far left ( Jewish Anarchism , Bundists , Bolsheviks , Mensheviks ) to moderate left ( Trudoviks ) and constitutionalist (Constitutional Democrats ) parties. On the eve of the February Revolution in 1917, of about 23,000 members of the Bolshevik
party 364 (about 1.6%) were known to be ethnic Jews. According to the 1922 Bolshevik
party census, there were 19,564 Jewish Bolsheviks, comprising 5.21% of the total, and in the 1920s of the 417 members of the Central Executive Committee, the party Central Committee, the Presidium of the Executive of the Soviets of the USSR and the Russian Republic, the People's Commissars, 6% were ethnic Jews. Between 1936 and 1940, during the Great Purge , Yezhovshchina and after the rapprochement with Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
, Stalin had largely eliminated Jews
from senior party, government, diplomatic, security and military positions.

Some scholars have grossly exaggerated Jewish presence in the Soviet Communist Party. For example, journalist David Aaronovitch quotes Alfred Jensen as saying that in the 1920s "75 per cent of the leading Bolsheviks" were "of Jewish origin". According to Aaronovitch, "a cursory examination of membership of the top committees shows this figure to be an absurd exaggeration".


_ Vladimir Lenin , Karl Radek , Julius Martov , and Emma Goldman . Caricatures of Bolshevik
leaders from Alfred Rosenberg 's The Jewish Bolshevism _

Walter Laqueur traces the Jewish- Bolshevik
conspiracy theory to Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg , for whom Bolshevism was "the revolt of the Jewish, Slavic and Mongolian races against the German ( Aryan ) element in Russia". Germans, according to Rosenberg, had been responsible for Russia's historic achievements and had been sidelined by the Bolsheviks, who did not represent the interests of the Russian people, but instead those of its ethnic Jewish and Chinese population.

Michael Kellogg in his Ph.D. thesis argues that the racist ideology of Nazis was to a significant extent influenced by White emigres in Germany, many of whom while being former subjects of the Russian Empire, were of non-Russian descent: ethnic Germans, residents of Baltic lands, including Baltic Germans, and Ukrainians. Of particular role was their _Aufbau_ organization (Aufbau: Wirtschafts-politische Vereinigung für den Osten (Reconstruction: Economic-Political Organization for the East). For example, its leader was instrumental in making the _Protocols of The Elders of Zion_ available in German language. He argues that early Hitler was rather philosemitic , and became rabidly anti-Semitic since 1919 under the influence of the White emigre convictions about the conspiracy of the Jews, an unseen unity from financial capitalists to Bolsheviks, to conquer the world. Therefore, his conclusion is that White emigrees were at the source of the Nazist concept of Jewish Bolshevism. Annemarie Sammartino argues that this view is contestable. While there is no doubt that White emigres were instrumental in reinforcing the idea of 'Jewish Boslhevism' among Nazis, the concept is also found in many German early post-World-War-I documents. Also, Germany had its own share of Jewish Communists "to provide fodder for the paranoid fantasies of German antisemites" without Russian Bolsheviks.

During the 1920s, Hitler declared that the mission of the Nazi movement was to destroy "Jewish Bolshevism". Hitler asserted that the "three vices" of "Jewish Marxism" were democracy, pacifism and internationalism, and that the Jews
were behind Bolshevism, communism and Marxism.

In Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
, this concept of Jewish Bolshevism reflected a common perception that Communism
was a Jewish-inspired and Jewish-led movement seeking world domination from its origin. The term was popularized in print in German journalist Dietrich Eckhart 's 1924 pamphlet "Der Bolschewismus von Moses
bis Lenin" (" Bolshevism from Moses
to Lenin") which depicted Moses
and Lenin as both being Communists and Jews. This was followed by Alfred Rosenberg 's 1923 edition of the _ Protocols of the Elders of Zion _ and Hitler 's _Mein Kampf _ in 1925, which saw Bolshevism as "Jewry's twentieth century effort to take world dominion unto itself."

According to French spymaster and writer Henri Rollin , "Hitlerism" was based on "anti-Soviet counter-revolution" promoting the "myth of a mysterious Jewish-Masonic- Bolshevik
plot", entailing that the First World War had been instigated by a vast Jewish-Masonic conspiracy to topple the Russian, German, and Austro-Hungarian Empires and implement Bolshevism by fomenting liberal ideas.

A major source for propaganda about Jewish Bolshevism in the 1930s and early 1940s was the pro-Nazi and antisemitic international _Welt-Dienst_ news agency founded in 1933 by Ulrich Fleischhauer .

Within the German Army, a tendency to see Soviet Communism
as a Jewish conspiracy had grown since the First World War, something that became officialised under the Nazis. A 1932 pamphlet by Ewald Banse of the Government-financed German National Association for the Military Sciences described the Soviet leadership as mostly Jewish, dominating an apathetic and mindless Russian population. Anti-Soviet Nazi propaganda poster in the Polish language, the text reads "Death! to Jewish- Bolshevik
pestilence of murdering!"

produced in 1935 by the psychological war laboratory of the German War Ministry described Soviet officials as "mostly filthy Jews" and called on Red Army
Red Army
soldiers to rise up and kill their "Jewish commissars". This material was not used at the time, but served as a basis for propaganda in the 1940s.

Members of the SS were encouraged to fight against the "Jewish Bolshevik
sub-humans". In the pamphlet _The SS as an Anti-Bolshevist Fighting Organization_, published in 1936, _ Reichsführer-SS _ Heinrich Himmler wrote:

We shall take care that never again in Germany, the heart of Europe, will the Jewish-Bolshevistic revolution of subhumans be able to be kindled either from within or through emissaries from without.

In his speech to the _Reichstag_ justifying Operation Barbarossa in 1941, Hitler said:

For more than two decades the Jewish Bolshevik
regime in Moscow had tried to set fire not merely to Germany but to all of Europe…The Jewish Bolshevik
rulers in Moscow have unswervingly undertaken to force their domination upon us and the other European nations and that is not merely spiritually, but also in terms of military power…Now the time has come to confront the plot of the Anglo-Saxon Jewish war-mongers and the equally Jewish rulers of the Bolshevik
centre in Moscow!

Field-Marshal Wilhelm Keitel gave an order on 12 September 1941 which declared: "the struggle against Bolshevism demands ruthless and energetic, rigorous action above all against the Jews, the main carriers of Bolshevism.

Historian Richard J. Evans wrote that Wehrmacht officers regarded the Russians as "sub-human", and were from the time of the invasion of Poland in 1939 telling their troops the war was caused by "Jewish vermin", explaining to the troops that the war against the Soviet Union was a war to wipe out what were variously described as "Jewish Bolshevik
subhumans", the "Mongol hordes", the "Asiatic flood" and the "red beast", language clearly intended to produce war crimes by reducing the enemy to something less than human.

Joseph Goebbels
Joseph Goebbels
published an article in 1942 called "the so-called Russian soul" in which he claimed that Bolshevism was exploiting the Slavs
and that the battle of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
determined whether Europe would become under complete control by international Jewry.

Nazi propaganda presented Barbarossa as an ideological-racial war between German National Socialism and "Judeo-Bolshevism", dehumanising the Soviet enemy as a force of Slavic _ Untermensch _ (sub-humans) and "Asiatic" savages engaging in "barbaric Asiatic fighting methods" commanded by evil Jewish commissars whom German troops were to grant no mercy. The vast majority of the Wehrmacht officers and soldiers tended to regard the war in Nazi terms, seeing their Soviet opponents as sub-human.

While National Socialism brought about a new version and formulation of European culture, Bolshevism is the declaration of war by Jewish-led international subhumans against culture itself. It is not only anti-bourgeois, it is anti-cultural. It means, in the final consequence, the absolute destruction of all economic, social, state, cultural, and civilizing advances made by western civilization for the benefit of a rootless and nomadic international clique of conspirators, who have found their representation in Jewry. — Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Party
Nazi Party
Congress in Nuremberg, September 1935



In the early 1920s, a leading British antisemite, Henry Hamilton Beamish , stated that Bolshevism was the same thing as Judaism. In the same decade, future wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill penned an editorial entitled " Zionism versus Bolshevism," which was published in the _Illustrated Sunday Herald._ In the article, which asserted that Zionism and Bolshevism were engaged in a "struggle for the soul of the Jewish people", he called on Jews
to repudiate "the Bolshevik
conspiracy" and make clear that "the Bolshevik
movement is not a Jewish movement" but stated that:

among the Jews
is nothing new. From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxemburg
Rosa Luxemburg
(Germany), and Emma Goldman
Emma Goldman
(United States), this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilisation and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing.

Author Gisela C. Lebzelter noted that Churchill's analysis failed to analyze the role that Russian oppression of Jews
had played in their joining various revolutionary movements, but instead "to inherent inclinations rooted in Jewish character and religion."



_The Jewish Bolshevism_ is a 31- or 32-page antisemitic pamphlet published in London in 1922 and 1923 by the Britons Publishing Society . It included a foreword by the German Nazi leader Alfred Rosenberg who promulgated the concept of "Jewish Bolshevism".

This relatively obscure publication embodies the Nazi doctrine that "Jewishness " and Bolshevism are the same; or that Bolshevism is Jewish, whether everything Jewish is included within Bolshevism. The methodology used consists of identifying Bolsheviks as Jews; by birth, or by name or by demographics .

According to Singerman, _The Jewish Bolshevism_, which he dubs as item "0121" in his Bibliography, is "Identical in content to item "0120", the pamphlet _The Grave Diggers of Russia_, which was published in 1921 in Germany, by Dr. E. Boepple . In 1922, historian Gisela C. Lebzelter wrote: "The Britons published a brochure entitled Jewish Bolshevism, which featured drawings of Russian leaders supplemented by brief comments on their Jewish descent and affiliation. This booklet, which was prefaced by Alfred Rosenberg , had previously been published in English by _völkisch Deutscher Volksverlag_."


_The Octopus_ is a 256-page book self-published in 1940 by Elizabeth Dilling under the pseudonym "Rev. Frank Woodruff Johnson". In it she describe her theories of Jewish Bolshevism.


Frank L. Britton, editor of _The American Nationalist_ published a book, _Behind Communism_, in 1952 which disseminated the myth that Communism
was a Jewish conspiracy originating in Palestine .


Researchers in the topic, such as Polish philosopher Stanisław Krajewski " or André Gerrits, denounce the concept of Jewish Bolshevism as a prejudice. Law professor Ilya Somin agrees, and compares Jewish involvement in other communist countries. "Overrepresentation of a group in a political movement does not prove either that the movement was "dominated" by that group or that it primarily serves that group’s interests. The idea that communist oppression was somehow Jewish in nature is belied by the record of communist regimes in countries like China
, North Korea
North Korea
, and Cambodia , where the Jewish presence was and is minuscule."


* Cultural Bolshevism * Cultural Marxism


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