Stalin on Anti-Semitism

It seems fitting to post this now, since, in light of the post I just made, I should acknowledge that some anarchists sometimes admit to Bakunin’s anti-Semitism and condemn it, and in the next breath they proceed to claim Stalin was “even more” of an anti-Semite, despite never being able to provide sources outside of those which are blatantly anti-communist. With all of the documents recently revealed to the public regarding the Stalin-era of the USSR, their best argument is still along the lines of their family supposedly having to “flee Russia for being Jewish”(they don’t consider the fact that no parents will ever outright admit to grandpa being a pervert or murderer). With so much material being given to the public from the Russian archives, the anarchists still must make the outlandish assumption that since their family was Jewish and left the USSR, they must have been forced to leave for being Jewish, in order to paint Stalin as someone little better – and sometimes “worse” – than Hitler. This is a far, far reach of logic, considering there are no documents or original proof of state-sanctioned anti-Semitism during the Stalin-era, and thus all we really have to go by in this instance are the works of Stalin himself.

Here is a short bit written by Stalin in 1931 in reply to the Jewish News Agency in the United States:


“In answer to your inquiry :

National and racial chauvinism is a vestige of the misanthropic customs characteristic of the period of cannibalism. Anti-semitism, as an extreme form of racial chauvinism, is the most dangerous vestige of cannibalism.

Anti-semitism is of advantage to the exploiters as a lightning conductor that deflects the blows aimed by the working people at capitalism. Anti-semitism is dangerous for the working people as being a false path that leads them off the right road and lands them in the jungle. Hence Communists, as consistent internationalists, cannot but be irreconcilable, sworn enemies of anti-semitism.

In the U.S.S.R. anti-semitism is punishable with the utmost severity of the law as a phenomenon deeply hostile to the Soviet system. Under U.S.S.R. law active anti-semites are liable to the death penalty.

J. Stalin
January 12, 1931″

There you have it; the only indication of Stalin’s view of anti-Semitism is he supporting the death penalty for anti-Semites. Blows that whole Hitler comparison out of the water, and proves that this “ruthless authoritarian tyrant” was not at all as racist or chauvinistic as the ideological father of anarchism, Bakunin.


2 thoughts on “Stalin on Anti-Semitism

  1. John Cummings

    His action reject his words. Remember, up in the early 30’s, the Jews still had alot of power until Stalin purged them. His “Russification” of Communism and rebuilding of the empire is why he was able to have his purges. The “Gentile” supported his “Russification” and allowed him to remain supreme.

    1. southernfriedbolshevik Post author

      None of that makes any sense, considering two of Stalin’s children.married Jews and he had Jewish grandchildren. The claims of “Russification” are also odd, since Stalin wasn’t even Russian. If he did purge Jews for simply being Jews, he did a terrible job at it, as he apparently forgot about his in-laws and the entire Jewish Autonomous Oblast(in which Yiddish culture thrived and Jews were, for the first time in Russian history, allowed to speak and learn in their own language). Oh, and he was a diehard follower of a theory created by a Jew(Marx). You gotta read more than Robert Conquest before talking about the policies of the Soviet Union under Stalin.
      I also find it funny and strange that you anti-Communists can’t make up your minds about the Jewish Question in the USSR – one minute you’re all saying he killed more Jews than Hitler, the next minute it’s all about Communism being a secretive Jewish plot to destroy Christianity.


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