Judaism and Collectivism

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The idea of a collectivist social system is not new. The Spartan society in ancient Greece, the Baptist movements of Jan Matthys and Bernhard Rottmann in Muenster in medieval Germany, the early American settlers. However, as I see it, modern collectivism was mainly a brainchild of Jewish intellectuals. An exception would be the French anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, a pre-thinker of Marxism. But in the 19th and 20th centuries, an amazingly high percentage of socialist and communist leaders and thinkers were of Jewish decent, albeit they were not religious.

One of the founders of the German worker’s movement and first President of the social-democratic Party organization in the German-speaking countries was Ferdinand Johann Gottlieb Lassalle, born in Breslau (today Wroclaw, Poland) in 1864 as son of the Jewish silk trader Heymann Lassal. He later changed the spelling of his name from “Lassal” to “Lassalle” in order to make it sound French.

Karl Marx was Jewish and so was Lewis Henry Morgan, whose unilineal cultural evolutionism inspired Engels concept of Historical Materialism – the complement to Marx’s Dialectical Materialism.

German communist leaders Karl Liebknecht, his brother Wilhelm Liebknecht, and Rosa Luxemburg were all Jewish. They stood for a Bolshevik-type communist revolution and attempted one – the so-called Spartacus Revolt named after the revolutionary “Spartakus Bund”, which had been organized by Karl Liebknecht in commemoration of the Roman slave revolt leader of the same name. The “Spartakus” revolution started in January of 1919, the same year in which the Communist Party presented itself officially to the German public. Liebknecht and Luxemburg were both murdered by the Nazis.

Other collectivist Jewish thinkers and activists were Wilhelm Reich, and Walther Benjamin, whose grand nice later became Minister of Justice of the Communist German DDR and was nick-named “Bloody Hilde”. And Kurt Eisner, who was the head of the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic. And Béla Kun, head of the Hungarian Communist Soviet Republic, who ordered the execution of thousands. And György Lukács, a Jewish Hungarian Marxist, who became Béla Kun’s Minister of Culture and Education and was responsible for a reign of terror against parents and children who refused to succumb to his brainwashing methods.

Later, Lukács became one of the protagonists of the Frankfurt School of Neo-Marxism, which was founded by the Jewish Lucio Felix José Weil, a German-Argentinian Marxist, son and heir of the German Jewish industrialist, Hermann Weil, in 1910 the world’s most influential grain trader. Other key movers and shakers of the Frankfurt School were Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, Leo Löwenthal, Franz Neumann, Otto Kirchheimer, Friedrich Pollock, and Walter Benjamin. Except for Adorno, all sons of Jewish mothers. Adorno was the son of a Jewish father and his real name was Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund.

It is therefore not exaggerated to state that the Frankfurt School of Neo-Marxism was, at least initially, a fully Jewish enterprise.

In 1933 approximately 2,525,000 Jews lived in the Soviet Union making up about 3.4% of the total population. The last Russian census before the revolution was performed between December 1896 and December 1897 and counted 5,063,156 persons who spoke Hebrew or Yiddish (4.03%) or 5,215,805 persons who identified themselves as “Jewish” (4.15%). We can therefore estimate that in 1917, the year of the Bolshevik revolution, approximately 3.8% of the population of Russia or the newly established Soviet Union were Jews. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Empire_Census)

The murder of the Tsar was planned and ordered by Lenin and Sverdlov, who had originally been sent to Russia as a paid agent of Germany, and carried out by five Jews: Goloshchekin, Syromolotov, Safarov, Voikov and Yurovsky. Sverdlov was also Jewish and his real name was Yankel Solomon. He eventually became the chief of the Soviet Government and chairman of the Central Executive Committee of the Bolshevik Party.

Lenin was of mostly Russian and Kalmuck ancestry, but he was also one-quarter Jewish (by NAZI standards). His maternal grandfather, Israel (Alexander) Blank, was a Ukrainian Jew who was later baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church. Still, Lenin would have had the right to become a citizen of Israel.

Leon Trotsky headed the Red Army and, for a time, was chief of Soviet foreign affairs. Trotsky was a Ukrainian Jew and his real name was Lev Davidovich Bronstein.

Karl Radek functioned as Press Commissar. He was a Lithuanian Jew, aka as Litvak, and his real name was Karol Sobelsohn.

There were three Jewish foreign affairs commissars: Maxim Litvinov, whose real name was Meir Henoch Mojszewicz Wallach-Finkelstein, Lev Kamenev, whose real name was Lev Borissovitch Rosenfeld, and Moisei Uritsky, whose real name was Moishe Solomonovich Uritsky.

Two weeks prior to the Bolshevik “October Revolution” of 1917, Lenin convened a top-secret meeting in St. Petersburg (Petrograd) at which the key leaders of the Bolshevik party’s Central Committee made the fateful decision to seize power in a violent takeover. Twelve persons took part in this gathering: four Russians (including Lenin), one Georgian (Stalin), one Pole (Dzerzhinsky), and six Jews (50%).

To direct the takeover, a seven-man “Polit-Bureau” was chosen. It consisted of two Russians (Lenin and Bubnov), one Georgian (Stalin), and four Jews: Trotsky, Sokolnikov, Zinoviev, whose real name was Grigory Yevseyevich Hirsch Apfelbaum, and Kamenev (57%). 

Meanwhile, the Petersburg (Petrograd) Soviet — whose chairman was Trotsky — had established an 18-member “Military Revolutionary Committee” to actually carry out the seizure of power. It included eight Russians, one Ukrainian, one Pole, one Caucasian, and six Jews (35%).

Finally, to supervise the organization of the uprising, the Bolshevik Central Committee established a five-man “Revolutionary Military Center” as the Party’s operations command. It consisted of one Russian (Bubnov), one Georgian (Stalin), one Pole (Dzerzhinsky), and two Jews (Sverdlov and Uritsky) (40%).

The Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party in 1917 contained 22 members of which, if we do not count Lenin, six were Jews (27%).

Blue stars indicate Jewish members.

Nine were shot. Five of the six Jews were assassinated during Stalin’s later “Russification” of the revolution. As we can see from these numbers, Jews were significantly overrepresented in Soviet institutions at least in the early phase of the Revolution as compared to their percentage of the Russian population.

Lenin died in 1924 and Stalin decided to eliminate the Jewish revolutionaries of the first hour and replace them with Russians. The worst purges were carried out 1934-1936 under the NKVD leadership of Yenokh Gershevich Iyeguda. “Iyeguda” is an orthographic variant of the Hebrew word “Yejuda” meaning “praise”. Yenokh Gershevich Iyeguda became known as “Yagoda”, Stalin’s butcher, who was responsible for the deaths of millions. Yagoda was born into a Jewish family in Rybinsk. He married Ida Averbach (Auerbach), a Jewish niece of Yakov Sverdlov (Yankel Solomon). Terror as family enterprise.

When we investigate who financed Lenin and the Bolshevik revolution, we find that several Jewish banks provided funds for the communists, in particular Lenin and Trotsky. The Schiff and Warburg banks, Oppenheimer, J. P. Morgan, and Rothschild all financed the Bolsheviks. All of them were Jewish owned and managed. Jacob Henry Schiff, born Jakob Heinrich Schiff, was head of the New York investment firm Kuhn, Loeb and Co. He was one of the principal backers of the Bolshevik revolution and personally financed Trotsky’s trip from New York to Russia. He was also a major contributor to Woodrow Wilson’s campaign.

When the NAZIS closed the Frankfurt School in 1933, the Neo-Marxist organization first moved to Geneva and then to Columbia University in NYC. Horkheimer, Marcuse, Adorno and many others of the school’s protagonists also moved to the USA and continued their Marxist teaching at many American universities and colleges, among them Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Today, there is a strong collectivist presence in American academia.

While William Charles Ayers, who co-founded the communist Weather Underground organization that committed acts of violent terrorism in the USA, was not Jewish, his wife Bernardine Dohrn (née Ohrnstein; born January 12, 1942) was half-Jewish. Her Jewish father, Bernard D. Ohrnstein (Arnstein), changed the family surname to Dohrn when Bernardine was in high school. In the early 1970s, Dohrn was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list for several years. After a youth of violent terrorism as a leader of the radical Weather Underground, she retired as a law professor at tax payer’s expense. So did her husband Bill. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Saul Alinsky, the mental father of American collectivist radicalism and Chicago-based rabble-rouser was a Jew. He influenced both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who wrote her 1969 thesis about him. According to Ben Carson, Alinsky became Hillary’s “role model”.

A 2020 Brandeis University study estimates that 2.4% of adult Americans are Jewish. Compare with this the number of Jews in our House of Representatives and Senate (117th Congress): 10 Jews in the Senate = 10% of all Senators. 27 Jews in the House = 6,2% of all Representatives. This means that there are 4.2 times more Jews in the Senate than in the general population and that there are 2.2 times more Jews in the House than in the general population. In other words, Jews are clearly overrepresented in our legislature.

What is even more remarkable is that of the 37 Jewish members of our Congress, 35 are Democrats, one is a Libertarian but also a self-confessed Communist (Bernie Sanders) and only one is a Republican. In my view, this clearly illustrates an affinity between Judaism and left-wing political ideology. It is also noteworthy that the Jewish US Congressman Adam Bennett Schiff, who, together with Jewish Congressman Jerrold Lewis Nadler, played a key role in the “Russian Collusion” and impeachment cabal against President Trump, is a direct descendant of Jacob Schiff, the chief financer of the Russian Bolsheviks. Outch!

One wonders what the root cause of the fascination of so many Jews with collectivism may be. Even the founder and first President of Israel, Ben Gurion, called himself proudly and publicly “a Bolshevik”. One wonders all the more, since Jews appear to excel in areas that are markedly non-collectivist like business, science, medicine, banking, law, entertainment, and the media and since many vocal critics of collectivism and totalitarianism are Jewish conservatives like Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, Ben Stein, David Horowitz, or Matt Drudge.

It is perhaps noteworthy that the real family names of many Jewish Communists were obviously of German origin. Apfelbaum, Rosenfeld, Bronstein, Sobelsohn, Finkelstein, Ohrnstein (Arnstein) – all typical German Jewish names. Maybe these people were originally German Jews, who later emigrated to Russia or the USA. If so, this would seem to merge the Jewish elitist spirit and yearning for God’s Kingdom on Earth with the German penchant for dogmatic radicalism and authoritarian government. If nothing else, history shows that, contrary to the image many Jews like to project of themselves, Jews were not always the victims. In many cases they were the evildoers who dealt suffering and death to others – often other Jews.

Still, I must admit that I do not fully understand why so many Jews have been and still are so fascinated by collectivist totalitarianism. If somebody has a convincing explanation for this phenomenon that does not sound like yet another conspiracy theory, I’m listening.

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