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    Quote Originally Posted by SLD View Post
    The purges in the Soviet Union had little to do with Nobles and capitalists. They had to do with threats to Stalin's power. Any military officer that could possibly threaten Stalin was shot. Anyone who dared to challenge any kind of party line was shot. But the overall death rates did have a significant ethnic quality. Ethnic Russians who remained loyal to the regime suffered the least, same with Georgians. The Kulaks probably the worst. The Ukrainians horribly. And while the Soviet Union could hardly claim any kind of antisemitism as Karl Marx was Jewish, jews weren’t exactly safe under Stalin. In fact Stalin was planning further purges of jews in the party when he died.

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    You also have to know that "Old Bolsheviks", "Trotskists" and "Cosmopolitans" were often just codewords for Jewish bolsheviks in Russia and elsewhere during the various purges.
    Kulaks (meaning 'fists' were the richer, successful peasants, who made a good living out of farming and were opposed to their land being taken from them and collectivised. Like all farmers they were tight fisted and ruled their employees, if they had any, with a fist of iron. Hence the name. Most were Ukrainians as their farmlands had been freehold for generations in contrast to the Russian type of landholding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BH View Post
    The communists supposedly killed thousands if not millions of nobles, well off people, and militant anticommunist. Here is my question. Why didnt they just admit their side was whooped, accept the general amnesty granted after the revolution or civil war, and work to help make the new system work instead of still trying to bring it down?
    "Supposedly"? Are you some sort of historical revisionist?

    I assume you mean Russia/USSR. I think it was because communism is a kind of purist ideology that wants to totally remake society, and therefore is prone to kill anyone judged deviant.

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    Trotsky, wasn't he hat guy who ended up with an axe in his head in Mexico?

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    Russian Jews had disproportionate representation among revolution leaders and intelligentsia in general, so it's no wonder that they were purged as well as doing said purging.

    I know it's hard for americans with their history to accept but communists did not care about race, ethnicity, It was all about ideology and of course paranoia of that guy from Georgia.

    And yes, former regime guys who accepted new regime were OK during communists, at least until purges started.

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