Jews occupied senior roles in Communist Russia—including heading up the NKVD secret police, and the Ministry of Justice—ran the US Communist Party and dominated the Soviet Union’s spy rings in America, according to the head of the Yivo Institute, one of the oldest Jewish Institutes of Higher Learning in the US.
Jonathan Brent, the executive director of the YIVO Institute, told the Times of Israel that it was “important to discuss these subjects even if they make people uncomfortable.”
Speaking to that Jerusalem-based newspaper about a conference titled “Jews In and After the 1917 Russian Revolution,” scheduled for November 5 and 6, 2017, in New York, Brent said that a “lot of people do not realize that there were Jews in Stalin’s secret police.
“This is something that really needs to be talked about. Some of these individuals had fathers who were rabbis in the shtetls.”
NKVD chief Genrikh Yagoda was Jewish, Brent says, and the first minister of justice in Soviet Russia, Isaac Steinberg, was a religious Jew.
“In America during the Cold War, there were so many Jewish members in the Communist Party that it was difficult to find someone to serve as party leader who wasn’t Jewish,” says Brent. He also says that the entire underground espionage network in the USA “was heavily Jewish.”
Lenin speaks in Sverdlov Square, Moscow, 1920. Leon Trotsky, the Jew who engineered the revolution, stands immediately to his at the podium.
Asked by the Times of Israel if speaking about this might provoke an anti-Semitic reaction, Brent replied, “I don’t care. The anti-Semites are everywhere. Let them come out and talk to their hearts’ content. I’m interested in the truth.”
YIVO was founded in Berlin and Wilno, Poland in 1925 as the Yiddish Scientific Institute with the support of Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. It was moved to New York City during the Second World War, where it has been headquartered since 1940.
It is co-sponsored by American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, Fordham University, Genesis Philanthropy Group, Harriman Institute at Columbia University, The Pratt Foundation, and Russian American Foundation.
The promotional material for the conference on the YIVO websites reads in part:
“Once the Bolshevik rule was then consolidated, Jews entered into nearly every sphere of Russian life while, in time, much of the singular richness of Jewish cultural life in Russia was flattened, eventually obliterated.
“Panels explore Jewish revolutionary leaders Esther Frumkin, Leon Trotsky, and Raphael Abramovitch, as well as the Jewish community through the eyes of Russian writers.
“The second day of the conference opens with a keynote address from Professor Elissa Bemporad discussing in broad strokes the world that emerged from the 1917 Revolution. Panels that morning discuss Jewish life in the Soviet Union, including Jewish involvement in the secret police, residual underground Jewish orthodoxy during the Soviet Union, and Jewish culture in the Soviet Union through talks on Literature and Music.
“A panel in the afternoon discusses the Revolution abroad through the lens of Jewish communism, Jews in espionage, Yiddish literature, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research’s own relationship to the Soviet Union.
“A final keynote address from Professor Steven Zipperstein speaks on the lasting impact of the 1917 Revolution and some of the ways that it has shaped the Jewish world politically and culturally over the last hundred years. The conference then closes with a discussion panel on Jews in revolution.”
Some of the topic paper titles include straightforward subjectlines such as “Jews and Communist Espionage,” “Leon Trotsky, a Revolutionary and a Jew In Spite of Himself,” and “The Rise and Fall of Jews in the Soviet Secret Police.”
Although the link between Jews and Communism is a matter of fact—and was one of the reasons for Nazi anti-Semitism—the controlled media has, since the Second World War, either ignored this reality or, if it has been addressed, denied it as a “canard.”
Only occasionally does the truth emerge—and even then, only in publications aimed at Jews, and not meant for consumption by the Gentile world.
For example, in 2006, the Israeli news service YNet News published an article by Israeli journalist Sever Plocker titled “Stalin’s Jews: We mustn’t forget that some of greatest murderers of modern times were Jewish” in which the Jewish role in the Soviet Union’s secret police which was responsible for “at least 20 million [deaths], including victims of the forced collectivization, the hunger, large purges, expulsions, banishments, executions, and mass death at Gulags.”
“Even if we deny it, we cannot escape the Jewishness of “our hangmen,” who served the Red Terror with loyalty and dedication from its establishment. After all, others will always remind us of their origin,” Plocker ended his article.
* Read the book Behind Communism 1917—2010 by Frank L. Britton which deals specifically with the Jewish role in the Communist movement in both Russia and the world.