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message 1: by Feliks, Moderator (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 646 comments Mod
Twenty million people?

message 2: by KOMET (last edited May 05, 2015 10:06PM) (new)

KOMET | 34 comments One need only consider how the Kulaks, the Red Army officer corps (e.g. Marshal Tukhachevsky), many Soviet citizens sent to the gulags, and the Polish Army officers at Katyn (who were killed by the NKVD in the Spring of 1940) fared under his iron rule.

message 3: by Feliks, Moderator (last edited May 05, 2015 10:13PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 646 comments Mod
Twenty million. The facts speak volumes of course.

But the thing to consider is really that: we never equate beauty with evil.

Hitler--we love to remind ourselves--was a lowly, weak, infirm, scumbag. Hideous and revolting. Physically inferior. Everyone forgets he wrote love poems; (we only remember he was a terrible painter).

Napoleon as well: we make jokes about his height.

But this guy (above) looks like an angel.

message 4: by Steven (new)

Steven (stevenwsjohnson) Stalin was allegedly only about 5'4"

Hitler 5'6"

The little guys, hey?

Ironically Mao was about 5' 10"

message 5: by Feliks, Moderator (last edited May 06, 2015 08:57PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 646 comments Mod
Good point

So what's that make Tom Cruise. The next butcher? Come to think of it, his stupid movies are distributed globally..

message 6: by Feliks, Moderator (last edited May 06, 2015 08:57PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 646 comments Mod
There's a great anecdote about Stalin who (during the interval when the Tsarist police apprehended him and threw him into a prison camp) and he was thrust in with a bunch of fellow prisoners who were little more than mangy curs. With nothing else to do, the rabble-rousers of the cell-block had taken up a policy of needling and bedeviling each new inmate who arrived. They jeered and mocked and scorned and berated every newcomer, hour upon hour, intent on reducing the chosen man to a shambles, to tears or to babbling and pleading.

Only Josef Vissarionovich Djugasvill withstood their taunts and harangues, 'staring back at them from his bunk with steely eyes and unflinching expression'

message 7: by Feliks, Moderator (last edited Aug 19, 2015 08:13PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 646 comments Mod
here's another charmer

Reinhard Heydrich

When Adolf Hitler calls you the coldest-hearted guy he's ever met; it's time to re-evaluate your life. But not this guy. It took an allied commando operation to do that for him.

Not soon enough, for 6 million Jews.

What's outlandish is how much a 'regular guy' he was. Captain of the swim team, champion fencer; didn't drink or whore. And yet..this is the guy who throws the switch on your neighbor.

message 8: by KOMET (new)

KOMET | 34 comments Heydrich was also a qualified pilot who occasionally flew combat missions with a Luftwaffe fighter wing on the Eastern Front in a Messerschmitt 109 fighter.

Truly a cold, calculating and brutal man.

message 9: by Feliks, Moderator (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 646 comments Mod
You're exactly right. He didn't just 'talk the talk'. He was no coward in the promulgation of his cowardly and hideous nationalistic policies. When you read his bio, you almost yearn to like the fellow. A renaissance man. Sounds like that great co-worker you invite over for dinner, or introduce to your single cousin.

What a bizarre figure.

message 10: by Feliks, Moderator (last edited Oct 13, 2015 09:04PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 646 comments Mod
Just look at this f*cking bastard. My namesake! Murderer of unknown thousands, hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions. The monster Stalin's henchman.

Iron Feliks

A rigid, idealogical fool who pursued his ideals to the last full measure--rather, to the last full measure of a good many other lives--regardless of their soundness. Look at that face. Look at those eyes. Fyi--he was a Pole.

And yet who is to say that--in this day and age--we could not use more men like him?

Many might aver that we have too many like him.

Perhaps the true question is, what are the ideals that such figures follow, and how can such fanatics be better utilized?

In his own words, "I can do nothing halfway. I must either love or hate fully."

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