What was the Jewish Role in the Bolshevik Revolution and the Early Soviet Regime

What was the Jewish Role in the Bolshevik Revolution and the Early Soviet Regime


I usually tiptoe, like everyone else, around zionism and “anti-Semitism”.

But after seeing this the gloves are off even though I would never, ever stoop to this kind of rhetoric.

“The Jews know how to kill indiscriminately”.

If we look at history that well may be the case.   

A few days ago Max Igan made a video in which he said Israel = ISIS = Bolshevism.

He posted a couple of quotes, the first from Bolshevik leader, Leon Trotsky: 

We must turn Russia into a desert populated by white Negroes upon whom we shall impose a tyranny such as the most terrible Eastern despots never dreamt of. The only difference is that this will be a left-wing tyranny, not a right-wing tyranny. It will be a red tyranny and not a white one. We mean the word ‘red’ literally, because we shall shed such floods of blood as will make all the human losses suffered in the capitalist wars pale by comparison. 

The biggest bankers across the ocean will work in the closest possible contact with us. If we win the revolution, we shall establish the power of Zionism upon the wreckage of the revolution’s funeral, and we shall become a power before which the whole world will sink to its knees.

We shall show what real power is. By means of terror and bloodbaths, we shall reduce the Russian intelligentsia to a state of complete stupefaction and idiocy and to an animal existence.”

I like quotes to be verified.

I have seen it ascribed to “Trotsky speaking in Petrograd December 1917 to revolutionaries as noted in Aaron Simanovich’s Memoirs”, P 153 – 154. Paris 1922, Molodaya Gvardiaya, Moscow. No 6, 1991, p 55.

No way I am going to be able to check that. Then there was this quote ascribed to Grigory Zinoviev, Bolshevik leader and head of the Comintern”, allegedly from an article in Krasnaya Gazeta, in 1918″

“We will make our hearts cruel, hard and immovable, so that no mercy will enter them, and so that they will not quiver at the sight of a sea of enemy blood. We will let loose the floodgates of that sea. Without mercy, without sparing, we will kill our enemies in scores of hundreds. Let them be thousands. Let them drown themselves in their own blood. Let there be floods of the blood of the bourgeois; more blood, as much as possible.”

The communist regime in the USSR was one of the most bloody in 20th century history, alongside Mao’s China and the Jewish Holocaust in World War 2. Estimates for the number killed vary from 25 million (in the Black Book of Communism) that excludes those killed in World War 2 by the Nazis to Solzhenitsyn’s estimate of 66 million

The usual picture that is painted in all the history books I’ve read is that this was a “people’s revolution” that came from below and Jews supported the revolution because they were the most oppressed group in the Russian Empire.

Typical of this would be the following:  

There is another narrative that has conventionally been described “anti-Semitic” –

“Contrary to our propagandised history texts, revolutions have seldom resulted from a ‘spontaneous combustion of the social order’ as someone wrote. Most often, the match is lit by some “secret agency that conceals itself in the shadowy sanctuaries of certain forms of Freemasonry” that inevitably has “a distinctly Jewish” origin”

Rebellions are are made but revolutions are often as not fomented and have to be financed by someone.

More of this below.

In researching this I came across a variety of sources. Some were quite reasonable and strangely enough came from Israeli sources such as this article, Stalin’s Jews, that featured in YNet.

There are also others.

I also found other articles, such as ones by someone called Larry Romanov that are tendentious and fairly obnoxious.

Ihave decided to take all this and only take things that are verifiable.  For instance, if you say that the Bolshevik Party was dominated by Jews that is something that is either true or false whatever reason you want to ascribe to it.

It cannot be “anti-semitic“; it is simply the truth.

What follows are facts that I think are incontroverrtible:


  • “Although officially Jews have never made up more than five percent of the country’s total population, they played a highly disproportionate and probably decisive role in the infant Bolshevik regime, effectively dominating the Soviet government during its early years” With the notable exception of Lenin (Vladimir Ulyanov), most of the leading Communists who took control of Russia in 1917-20 were Jews. Leon Trotsky (Lev Bronstein) headed the Red Army and, for a time, was chief of Soviet foreign affairs. Yakov Sverdlov (Solomon) was both the Bolshevik party’s executive secretary and — as chairman of the Central Executive Committee — head of the Soviet government. Grigori Zinoviev (Radomyslsky) headed the Communist International (Comintern), the central agency for spreading revolution in foreign countries. Other prominent Jews included press commissar Karl Radek (Sobelsohn), foreign affairs commissar Maxim Litvinov (Wallach), Lev Kamenev (Rosenfeld) and Moisei Uritsky.
  • Two weeks prior to the Bolshevik “October Revolution” of 1917, Lenin convened a top secret meeting in St. Petersburg (Petrograd) at which the key leaders of the Bolshevik party’s Central Committee made the fateful decision to seize power in a violent takeover. Of the twelve persons who took part in this decisive gathering, there were four Russians (including Lenin), one Georgian (Stalin), one Pole (Dzerzhinsky), and six Jews.
  • “To direct the takeover, a seven-man “Political Bureau” was chosen. It consisted of two Russians (Lenin and Bubnov), one Georgian (Stalin), and four Jews (Trotsky, Sokolnikov, Zinoviev, and Kamenev).”
  • “Meanwhile, the Petersburg (Petrograd) Soviet — whose chairman was Trotsky — established an 18-member “Military Revolutionary Committee” to actually carry out the seizure of power. It included eight (or nine) Russians, one Ukrainian, one Pole, one Caucasian, and six Jews. Finally, to supervise the organization of the uprising, the Bolshevik Central Committee established a five-man “Revolutionary Military Center” as the Party’s operations command. It consisted of one Russian (Bubnov), one Georgian (Stalin), one Pole (Dzerzhinsky), and two Jews (Sverdlov and Uritsky).
  • According to data furnished by the Soviet press, out of 556 important functionaries of the Bolshevik state, including the above-mentioned, in 1918-1919 there were: 17 Russians, two Ukrainians, eleven Armenians, 35 Letts [Latvians], 15 Germans, one Hungarian, ten Georgians, three Poles, three Finns, one Czech, one Karaim, and 457 Jews.”
  •  In Ukraine, “Jews made up nearly 80 percent of the rank-and-file Cheka agents,” reports W. Bruce Lincoln, an American professor of Russian history

My conclusion: If, in a country where Jews represented at most 5 % of the population (probably less), they represented HALF of Lenin’s planning committee we can justifiably call it a Jewish coup.


Revolutions do not just happen. They have to be paid for.  There is evidence that much of the support for the Bolshevik revolution came from Wall Street.

The top Communist leaders have never been as hostile to their counterparts in the West, as the rhetoric suggests. They are quite friendly to the world’s leading financiers and have worked closely with them, when it suits their purposes. As we shall see in the following section, the Bolshevik revolution actually was financed by wealthy financiers in London and New York. Lenin and Trotsky were on the closest of terms with these moneyed interests both before and after the Revolution

“One of the greatest myths of contemporary history is that the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia was a popular uprising of the downtrodden masses against the hated ruling class of the Tsars. As we shall see, however, the planning, the leadership and especially the financing came entirely from outside Russia, mostly from financiers in Germany, Britain and the United States”

Another article points out that not only a nebulous Wall Street finance was involved but a Jewish financial elite:

“According to the U.S. State Department’s documents, a group of powerful Jewish financial elites were planning the overthrown of the Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, in 1916. These plotters included Jacob Schiff, Mortimer Schiff, Felix Warburg, Otto Kahn and Isaac Zeelman. They decided that Russia should be destroyed and a communist dictatorial regime would be implemented, subservient to the dictates of International Jewry.”[14]

  • “In the February 3, 1949 issue of the New York Journal American Schiff’s grandson, John, was quoted by columnist Cholly Knickerbocker as saying that his grandfather had given about $20 million for the triumph of Communism in Russia”
  • When Trotsky returned to Petrograd in May of 1917 to organize the Bolshevik phase of the Russian Revolution, he carried $10,000 for travel expenses
  • President Woodrow Wilson was the fairy godmother, who provided Trotsky with a passport to return to Russia to “carry forward” the revolution

This is discussed in a balanced article, the NYC and London Banksters who financed the Bolshevik Revolution  based on a book, Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revollution by Antony C Hutton.


I have always seen Lenin as Russian and any suggestion that he was at least partly Jewish as an anti-Semitic trope.

However, it appears to have been confirmed by various sources in the post-Soviet era that: 

“Lenin himself was of mostly Russian and Kalmuck ancestry, but he was also one-quarter Jewish. His maternal grandfather, Israel (Alexander) Blank, was a Ukrainian Jew who was later baptised into the Russian Orthodox Church”.

Whatever the truth of that, Lenin was a thorough-going internationalist and viewed ethnic or cultural loyalties, whatever they are, with contempt, including his own Russians.

He is quoted as saying:

 “An intelligent Russian is almost always a Jew or someone with Jewish blood in his veins.”


After being transferred from exile in Tobolsk in Siberia, Tsar Nicholas and his family were moved to Ekaterinburg (which, in Soviet times was called Sverdlovsk, anmed Yakov Sverdlov) where they were murdered in July 1918 as the White Army was advancing. The decision for this was taken at the highest level.

From Trotsky’s autobiography:

“My next visit to Moscow took place after the [temporary] fall of Ekaterinburg [to anti-Communist forces]. Speaking with Sverdlov, I asked in passing: “Oh yes, and where is the Tsar?”

“Finished,” he replied. “He has been shot.”

“And where is the family?”

“The family along with him.”

“All of them?,” I asked, apparently with a trace of surprise.

“All of them,” replied Sverdlov. “What about it?” He was waiting to see my reaction. I made no reply.

“And who made the decision?,” I asked.

“We decided it here. Ilyich [Lenin] believed that we shouldn’t leave the Whites a live banner to rally around, especially under the present difficult circumstances.”

I asked no further questions and considered the matter closed.

Yakov Yurovsky, the leader of the Bolshevik squad that carried out the murder of the Tsar and his family, was Jewish, as was Yakov Sverdlov, the Soviet chief who co-signed Lenin’s execution order.

That is not all: 

The execution was personally overseen by Yakov Yurovsky who shot the Tsar; the president of the local Soviet was Alexander Beloborodov (Yankel Isidorovich Vaisbart); the person responsible for the general administration in Ekaterinburg was Shaya (Fillip) Goloshchekin. To round out the picture, on the wall of the room where the execution took place was a distich from a poem by Heine (written in German) about King Balthazar, who offended Jehovah and was killed for the offense”

This is dicussed in detail in the article,the Jewish Role in the Bolshevik Revolution and Russia’s Early Soviet Regime

The Wikipedia article is HERE.


An immensely disproportionate number of Jews joined the new Bolshevik secret police, the Cheka.

”Anyone who had the misfortune to fall into the hands of the Cheka stood a very good chance of finding himself confronted with, and possibly shot by, a Jewish investigator.”

– Leonard Schapiro, historian

Between 80% and 90% of all Russian revolutionaries were Jews and, in some segments like the Gulags and the CHEKA, Jewish participation was effectively 100%

Estimates are that 66 million were murdered in Russia from 1918 to 1957

“According to data furnished by the Soviet press, out of 556 important functionaries of the Bolshevik state, including the above-mentioned, in 1918-1919 there were: 17 Russians, two Ukrainians, eleven Armenians, 35 Letts [Latvians], 15 Germans, one Hungarian, ten Georgians, three Poles, three Finns, one Czech, one Karaim, and 457 Jews.”

To see just how the Cheka operated in the early days of the Bolshevik power I suggest you take time out to watch this Russian film, Chekist ,made not long after the collapse of the Soviet Union.



Jews dominated the early Bolshevik regime but as the internationalist phase of the revolution came to a close after the death of Lenin and came to be replaced by Stalin’s “socialism in one country” this changed and all the Jewish Bolshevik leaders were targeted and eliminated throughout the 1930’s.

However, the Jewish dominance of the secret police dominated throughout that period.

Genrikh Yagoda, a Jew was one of the heads of what became known as the NKVD ( a successor to the Cheka) was directly responsible for many murders and controlled the Gulag concentration camp system.

“”Yagoda sent hundreds of thousands to work on the Baltic Sea canal project where countless numbers of Russians, Ukrainians, and others perished. The system was created and founded by two Jews, Naftaly Frenkel  (a Soviet security officer and member of the Soviet secret police. Frenkel is best known for his role in the organisation of work in the Gulag, starting from the forced labor camp of the Solovetsky Islands, which is recognised as one of the earliest sites of the Gulag._and Levi Berman),a Soviet security officer and head of the Gulag Soviet prison camp system from 1932 to 1937.[1]) …  the camps commanded by Jews such as Rappoport, Aaron Solz, and Sergei Spiegelglas, all of whom are mentioned at length in the work of Solzhenitsyn”.

Leonid Reichman was a Soviet security officer, who rose to be a Lieutenant General in the NKVDNKGB and MGB.and prepared evidence related to the Katyn massacre of 1940, for the Burdenko Commission in 1943, and later, for the International Military Tribunal in the Nuremberg in 1946. He was head of the NKVD’s special department and the organization’s chief interrogator, and a particularly cruel sadist.


Not mentioned in any of the articles I read was another notorious Jew from the early Soviet period, Rosalia Zemlyachka,

Under her direct command more than 120,000 soldiers and officers were executed. She was frequently personally involved in executions. She was joined by the Hungarian communist, Bela Kun

From memories of Sergey Melgunov, who was in Crimea that time:

“Executions lasted several months, and machine guns ceased fire only in the mornings… Only in the 1st night 1800 people were execudet in Simpferopol, 420- in Feodosya, 1300- in Kerch…”

Elsewhere –

“When Rozalia Zemlyachka arrived in the Crimea, that peninsula was one of the last remaining enclaves of the Whites – those opposed to the Bolshevik Reds. She was determined to stamp out that opposition, once and for all. Say what you will about her, but she was conscientious about her job, and about economizing on mass murder so it was done as cheaply as possible. At a time when the Bolsheviks were running low on munitions, she decreed that wasting bullets on captives slated for execution was unreasonable. One of her cost-cutting measures was to tie rocks to the legs of the condemned, then toss them off barges into the sea. Tens of thousands were killed that way, and when the waters were calm and visibility was good, rows of standing bodies could be seen swaying like a horrific underwater forest, swaying with the currents on the sea bottom.”

History’s Deadliest Woman and Other Lesser Known Killers


The Jewish dominance came to an end after World War 2 and under Stalin and his successors, the Soviet Union became anti-Semitic.

You would be hard-placed to find many Jews in places of power in the post-war Politburo; it was dominated by ethnic Russians and Ukrainians.

The sole exception in the late-Stalin period was Lazar Kaganovich, who was removed from political power by Khrushchev and died only in 1991 when the Soviet Union was collapsing.

Kaganovich was one of Stalin’s chief henchmen and his main claim to infam was his role in collectivisation of agriculture and the creation of famine in various areas of the Soviet Union, notably in Ukraine.

Wikipedia says:

Kaganovich (together with Vyacheslav Molotov) participated with the All-Ukrainian Party Conference of 1930 and were given the task of implementation of the collectivization policy that influenced the 1932–33 famine (known as the Holodomor in Ukraine)

As an emissary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Kaganovich traveled to Ukraine, the central regions of the USSR, the Northern Caucasus, and Siberia demanding the acceleration of collectivization and repressions against the Kulaks, who were generally blamed for the slow progress of collectivization.

Kaganovich personally oversaw grain confiscations during the same time periods in the Soviet Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, the Kuban region, Crimea, the lower Volga region, and other parts of the Soviet Union. As an emissary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Kaganovich traveled to Ukraine, the central regions of the USSR, the Northern Caucasus, and Siberia demanding the acceleration of collectivisation and repressions against the Kulaks.

One of the main targets for the Soviet communists was the Christian religion.

Orthodox Christian churches were demolished in huge numbers and systematic torture and mass murder of 10’s of millions of Russian Christians by the Bolshevik Jews is documented

Kaganovich was responsible for ordering the demolition in downtown Moscow of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in 1931. It was replaced by a giant swimming pool. but was was rebuilt on the same site in the post-Soviet era.

Kaganovich allegedly personally claimed responsibility for killing twenty million people and he stood atop the rubble of a Christian church and proclaimed,:

“Mother Russia has been cast down! We have torn away her skirts!”

See this article:

Lazar Kaganovich – Stalin’s Mass Murderer

This mass murderer survived through to 1991.


We all know the founder of the Communist movement, Karl Marx. Many of the representatives of the emerging communist movement and the Menshevik Party in Russia was dominated by Jews such as Yulij Martov

Hungary was briefly taken tover of the country by Communists led by Bela Kun who had been heavily involved with the Jewish Bolsheviks in Russia

Nearly all his ministers, like Friedlander, Wertheim, Dorscak, and Kohn, were also Jews.

“Bela Kun was certainly one of the more despicable Jewish “revolutionists” to have ever appeared anywhere. Fortunately for Hungary, Kun’s Communist regime lost all support when the Romanian army marched into Hungary and occupied Budapest. Kun’s regime collapsed and was removed from power after this, and Kun and his Communist followers fled to Austria, then to Russia, looting numerous art treasures and the entire gold stocks of Hungary’s National Bank when they left. Among the Hungarian population, all these events led to a deep feeling of dislike against the Jews since most members of Kun’s government were Jews. The feelings were so strong they resulted in a wave of reprisals in which many Jewish Communists were executed.”

Kun fled when Hungary was invaded by Romania, fleeing to the Soviet Union where he was put in charge of the Revolutionary Committee in Crimea along with Rosalia Zemlyachka (see above). Their regime there was responsible for murdering around 60,000 people. Kun was arrested during Stalin’s purges, accused of promoting “Trotskyism” and executed in 1938.

One of the charming things they were responsible for is putting their enemies into a barge and having it sunk.

One of the most powerful men in the Comintern, the Communist International was a Jew, Karl Radek

ith the end of World War I, Communist-inspired power seizures were seen all over Germany. Most significant of these were the Spartacist Berlin rising,led by Rosa Luxembourg, and the establishment of a Soviet republic in Bavaria

In the United States Jews alone in the 1930s and 1940s accounted for approximately 40 to 50 percent of the membership of the Communist party.  90 percent of the membership on the Party in Los Angeles was reported as Jewish.  A 1938 breakdown of Communist educational directors on a district level reported that 17 out of 34 were Jewish and only nine ‘American’


Along with Mao’s China and the Jewish Holocaust the Bolshevik Revolution and the communist regime in the USSR is one of the most murderous in modern history.

It killed at least 20 million people. Alexander Solzhenitstsyn’s estimate is much higher – at 66 million.

Solzhenitsyn is supposed to have written:

You must understand. The . . . Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians! They hated Christians! Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured & slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. The October Revolution was not what you call in America the ‘Russian Revolution’. It was an invasion & conquest over the Russian people. More of my countrymen suffered horrific crimes at the blood-stained hands than any people, or nation ever suffered in the entirety of human history. It cannot be understated! Bolshevism was the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant of this reality is proof that the global media itself is in the hands of the perpetrators. We cannot state that all Jews are Bolsheviks, but without Jews there would have been no Bolshevism...”

The quote goes on:

“For a Jew, nothing is more insulting than the truth. The blood-maddened Jewish terrorists murdered 66 million in Russia from 1918 to 1957.

It does not read like anything Solzhenitsyn would ever have written, (he was more subtle than that.) but it would not be far from the truth.

Of course, the majority of these outrages were committed by ethnic Russians and Ukrainians but at a tiny percentage of the population you cannot escape the contribution of Jews to this as well as to the communist movement worldwide.

Israeli lawmaker, Moshe Feiglin has said in recent days, “The Jews know how to kill indiscriminately”

I rest my case.


Written back in the 1990’s after the collapse of the USSR.

The Jewish Role in the Bolshevik Revolution and Russia’s Early Soviet Regime

The Jewish Role in the Bolshevik Revolution and Russia’s Early Soviet Regime, part 1

From the Israeli media

Was the Russian Revolution Jewish?

Jewish organizations during the May Day demonstration at Marsovo Pole in Petrograd, Russia, 1919. (Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center)

A fairly balanced account

The NYC and London Banksters who financed the Bolshevik Revolution

This is a very anti-Semitic article

This is an item from Israeli press
On Solzhenitsyn’s role

One thought on “What was the Jewish Role in the Bolshevik Revolution and the Early Soviet Regime

  1. Great article. One other thought, I have heard the reason why the Reds were able to defeat the Whites was partly because the Czar had sent so many Russians to their deaths in the Great War. I’ve heard the Czar was keen for war much like Britain. So perhaps he wasn’t the saint he is often believed to be, and contributed to his downfall in some way.

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