How Estonia Murdered its Jewish Population (1941-1942)

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Soviet Red Army Troops Witness the Horror of Klooga Concentration Camp

‘The arrest of all male Jews over the age of 16 years is over. All of them were destroyed by the Estonian defense forces under the supervision of Sonderkommando 1a.’

(Official Report: Einsatzgruppe A Extermination Activities)

Estonia is one of a number of Eastern European countries that borders Russia, and which was ‘liberated’ by the Soviet Red Army forces in September 1944. The point of this article is to expose the anti-Soviet and anti-Socialist policy of the US-based English language Wikipedia pages, and the Estonian support for the political far-right. Today, since the inception of President Obama’s policy of the ‘Nazification’ of Eastern Europe (as a means to contain an ‘imagined’ threat from modern Russia), Wikipedia has colluded with various Eastern European countries in the manufacture of easily accessible ‘pseudo-history’ designed to pursue an implicit rightwing agenda. This ‘new’ fascism (termed ‘neo-Nazism’) pursues all the old US prejudices against Russia, with the added twist that the ‘Communist’ USSR was a regime that was identical with the ‘fascist’ dictatorship of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Indeed, the conflating of the USSR with Nazi Germany is the mainstay of Western anti-Soviet literature that thoroughly misrepresents the history of the Soviet Union, and ignores the suffering the Nazi German regime inflicted upon the Soviet people. This obviously deficient approach to history, is of course ‘ahistorical’ in nature, and is comprised of the bourgeois imagination separating the world into the mythological ‘good’ and ‘evil’ of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Capitalism is ‘good’, whilst every opposing ideology is deemed as ‘evil’. As a consequence, the 27-40 million Soviet casualties during WWII are played-down (or even denied), the Soviets are accused of committing all Nazi atrocities (or atrocities of their own that are presented as far ‘worse’ than anything the Nazi did), and the Nazi Germans are presented as being ‘freedom fighters’ and even ‘liberators’. This distorted grasp of reality can be seen in the number of published books over recent years, containing the confessions of various individuals (from different Eastern European countries) that ‘collaborated’ with invading Nazi German forces. Many such individuals were executed by the allied forces leading up to the end of the war in Europe, with many others executed after WWII had ended. In the Soviet Union, such individuals that had assisted the Nazi German forces in their campaigns of genocide, were usually hung in public. Therefore, immediately after WWII, it was universally agreed that anyone who had deliberately collaborated with Nazi German crimes against humanity, were criminals of the lowest kind.

To counter Estonia’s ‘official’ distorted history, and Wikipedia’s support for it, I have accessed Russian language historical records, and have discovered a much more routine explanation for the issue of Estonian history, which must be termed ‘alternative’ or ‘speculative’. What modern Estonian history cannot be termed is ‘factual’. Estonia has been dominated by the political far-right for decades, and it is this strong and unopposed opposition to this Estonian nationalism today, that has led to a complete re-writing of its history. Estonian history today can best be described as politically motivated, rightwing mythology, that is very similar in construct to that of Nazi Germany. Just as Hitler identified ‘Communism’ as his primary enemy, the Estonian government incessantly strives to misrepresent, distort and sully any and all aspects of the history of the Soviet Union. In fact, so wide-spread was the general collaboration of the Estonian population with the invading Nazi German forces, that by the end of January 1942, virtually all the Estonian Jewish population had been rounded-up (primarily by Estonian ‘volunteers’) and murdered under the watchful eye of the Nazi German occupiers. So successful was the anti-Jewish pogrom in Estonia that on January 31st, 1942, the Chief of the Security Police and SD, sent a report to Berlin, where it was reported that ‘Estonia is already completely free of Jews.’ Thus, the ‘Jewish question-final solution’ was implemented in Estonia for the first time in Europe, and due to the popularity of the Nazi German invaders amongst Estonian population, the Nazi Germans were able to declare Estonia officially ‘judenfrei’ in early 1942. When the Soviet Red Army ‘liberated’ Estonia in September, 1944, (following vicious fighting against the Nazi German forces supported by ‘volunteer’ Estonian SS Units), the Estonian Klooga Concentration Camp was discovered. This camp had held Soviet POWs, Jews, Romany, homosexuals and dissidents in the harshest of conditions. The Nazi Germans were able to operate this camp with such efficiency due to the complicity of the Estonian population. As anti-Semitism was common in Estonia, many Estonians had no moral qualms assisting in the rounding-up and murder of the entire population of Estonian Jewry. In fact, historical evidence suggests that so successful was the Estonian massacre of the Jews under Nazi German administration, that Adolf Hitler used the Estonian example as his ‘blue print’ for all subsequent extermination campaigns throughout Europe and the USSR. Needless to say, as the Soviet Red Army approached Klooga Concentration Camp, the Nazi German forces (together with the Estonian SS ‘volunteers’) started desperately to exterminate the remaining prisoners, and to pile their bodies on heaped-up logs for burning. Wikipedia, in its support for Estonian fascism, blatantly ‘lies’ when it suggests that the Estonian guards – that had been historically responsible for much of the killing – suddenly had a change of heart and tried to ‘protect’ the prisoners. Soviet accounts state clearly that this never happened, as the Estonians viewed Nazi Germany as an empowering ally, and would never have confronted its occupation in any way. In 2006, in an attempt to ‘mask’ its neo-Nazi collaborating history, the Estonian government ‘banned’ any public display of German swastika (a symbol still very popular amongst the Estonian people), together with the Red Flag of the Soviet Union (featuring the hammer and sickle of the international working class). In recent years, Estonia has had to confront its Holocaust-supporting past, after hosting a delegation from Israel at the site of the Klooga Concentration Camp.

Russian Language Reference:

http://www.stena.ee/blog/segodnya-v-estonii-chtyat-pamyat-zhertv-holokosta (Exposing Estonian complicity in the Nazi German Holocaust)

English Language References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estonia_in_World_War_II (Supporting Estonian myth-making and pseudo-history)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klooga_concentration_camp (Perpetuates the myth that Estonian Concentration Camp guards tried to ‘protect’ prisoners they had been previously killing, from final execution)

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