To the Reader
Who started the Second World War? There is no single answer to this question. The Soviet government, for example, has repeatedly changed its official line on the issue.
After the war
had ended, this circle of ‘culprits’ grew. Stalin announced that the
most blood-stained war in the history of humanity had been started by all the
capitalist countries in the world — in other words, all the sovereign states in
the world including
Stalin’s view has long been
established in communist mythology. During the times of Khrushchev and
Brezhnev, and as recently as Andropov and Chernenko, these accusations against
the rest of the world were frequently repeated. Under Gorbachev, much is
changing in the
I would like to suggest that, from the beginning of the war, the Soviet communists made accusations against every country in the world with the deliberate intention of concealing their own role as its instigators.
After the First World War, the
Treaty of Versailles deprived Germany of the right to a strong army and
offensive weapons, including tanks, military aircraft, heavy artillery and
submarines. German commanders were unable to use German territory to train for
the waging of offensive wars. So they began to make their preparations in the
Stalin understood that a
powerful, aggressive army does not start a war by itself. A mad, fanatical
leader is also needed. Stalin did a great deal to see that just such a leader
should appear at the head of the German nation. Once the fascists had come to
power, Stalin persistently and doggedly pushed towards war. The
Even besore the Nazis came to power, the Soviet leaders had given Hitler the unofficial
name of ‘Icebreaker for the Revolution’. The name is both apt and fitting. The
communists understood that
Stalin understood better than Hitler that a war is won by the side which enters it last and not by the one which goes into it first. Stalin granted Hitler the doubtful honour of being the first, while he himself prepared for his unavoidable entry into the war after ‘all the capitalists (will) have fought amongst themselves’. (Stalin, Vol. 6, p. 158)
Much has been done to uncover the crimes of Nazism and find the butchers who perpetrated atrocities in its name. This work must be continued and stepped up. But while unmasking fascists, one must also expose the Soviet communists who encouraged the Nazis to commit their crimes, so that they could avail themselves of the results of these crimes.
The communists weeded their archives thoroughly a long time ago, but what still remains preserved there is almost inaccessible to researchers. I was fortunate enough to work briefly in the archives of the Soviet Ministry of Defence, but quite intentionally I am making little use of secret archival material. Overt Soviet publications are my main source. Even these are quite sufficient to place Soviet communists in the dock with Nazis.
My chief witnesses are Marx,
Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, and all the Soviet wartime marshals and many
leading generals. The Soviet communists admit that they used Hitler to unleash
a war in
I know that on the communist side there are many apologists. I took the communists at their word, so let us allow them to defend themselves independently.