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June 1991 50 years ago, German imperialism attacked the thensocialist Soviet Union:

No Illusions About West/German Imperialism!

June 1991 50 years ago, German imperialism attacked the thensocialist Soviet Union:

With the Nazi-German attack on the socialist Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, Gennari imperialism was pursuing a number of far-reaching goals. After having successfully forced its program of a “New Orderin Europe” upon almost all of Europe by means of war and terror, and having transformed that area into its own hinterland, it saw that the time was now ripe to deal with the Soviel Union, the most powerful opponent ofthat program and the most decisive road-block on the path to world domination.
From the very outset, the Nazis made no secret of the fact that what, in their jargon, they called the ■ “Jewish-Bolshevik World Conspiracy,’ ‘ was their main enemy. Blood-thirsty anti-communism and barbaric racial hatred were characteristics and phenomenaof Nazi fascism and accompanied thefascist “campaignsaf exterrni nation.” Underthis banner, they implemented the enslavement of other peoples under the knout of Germanimperialism, and the exploitation of their resources. These goals could only be completely implemented by means of the complete crushing of the socialist Soviet Union. For the Soviet Union, in which the system of exploitation and oppression of the working people, the system of the enslavement and humiliation of peoples, had been removed, was a source of attraction and an example for the exploited and oppressed throughout the world.
German imperialism was possessed of a war machine big enough to match these ambitions, and this was launched against the Soviet Union. The military machine mat was set in motion on June 22, 1941 in order to roll over the Soviet Union in a ‘ ‘Blitzkrieg” was the greatest that had ever been committed to a military operation in history. Some 3.8 million soldiers were committed; they required 17,000 railway trains to transport them to the front. The army of conquest was equipped with 600,000 motor vehicles, 3000 tanks, 7000 artillery pieces and 2000 aircraft.
Not only the dimensions of the commitment of soldiers and materiel, but also, and more importantly, ÚM: principles according to wíiich war was to be waged made it clear that from the very outset a campaign of annihilation against the system of socialism by means of murderous terror against the peoples of the Soviet Union had been meticulously planned and was being carried out with “German efficiency.” These principles included:
me systematic extermination of the Jewish population under the slogan “Final Solution of the Jewish Question” ; the extermination of the civilian population of major cities such as Leningrad and Moscow through starvation and bombardment; resettlement and forced removal of the rural population accompanied by mass shootings and planned mass death; systematic murder of prisoners of war through forced labor, starvation, firing squads and poison gas; ruthless murder of civilian and military “commissars” – i.e., all communists; ¡he shooting of hostages in order to break popular resistance to Nazi barbarism (100 civilians shot in retaliation for each German invader killed); the express exemption of alt army personnel from laws, and freedom from prosecution for crimes committed against partisans or the civilian population; the dragging off of those parts of the population which were stili capable of working toforced labor – to ‘ ‘annihilation by labor”; planned theft of the wealth of the country and unlimited exploitation of the industrial and agricultural production, with die calculation that civilians would starve and freeze to death by the millions.
Thus instructed, the German Welirmacht, supported by the SS ‘ ‘Einsatzgruppen’ ‘ ( ‘ ‘operational groups”), sallied forth to remove the power of the working class in the Soviet Union, to break the resistance of the working people against the fascist invaders and to win a victory for the crusade against communism.
The German invaders waded through a sea of blood and destruction: 20 million Soviet citizens became victims of the war, over 700,000 Soviet Jews were either shot outright or murdered in the extermination camps with poison gas. In the occupied territories, 15 major cities and more than 1700 smaller towns, as well as some 70,000 villages wereenürelyorpartially devastated. The destruction of 6 million houses left 25 million people homeless. A third of the cultivated land reverted to wasteland, almost half the industrial capacity was destroyed.
As their defeat loomed, the Nazi monster made every effort to leave behind nothing but “scorched earth’ ‘ as it withdrew from the Soviet Union.
But Nazi Germany had miscalculated. The German imperialists had stretched their greedy jaws to far open, in order to swallow the Soviet Union, but the morsel was too large. German Communist leader Ernst Thäimann’s words, hurled at his tormentors İn Brandenburg Penitentiary, were proven to be accurate:
‘ ‘Stalin will break Hitler’s back.’ ‘ The West/German imperialists and the Gorbachev revisionists cannot erase the memory of the Soviet Union’s just war for the defense of socialism and for the liberation of the peoples!
One of the main Nazi slogans used to justify thenwhole rapacious war- aside from the openly imperialistic theory of “Gesundstossen” by means of the theft of the wealth of other peoples and the theory of the “lack of living space” – was the “struggle against Bolshevism,” against the supposed “dictatorship of Stalin,’1 against the spread of communism. One aspect or the other would be emphasized as the situation required; in this way, the war of conquest was ideologically prepared and later pubiielyjustifîed.
After the defeat of the Nazis İn World War 1Í, diis tradition was continued. Although they had been shipwrecked, their ideology had not been lost. German imperialism was indeed defeated, but it was far from smashed; on the contrary, it came back to life. In West Germany, capital grew stronger with each passing year, and recreated an army of aggression, the Bundeswehr, in the tradition of the Wehrmacht. And once(…)

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