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By Tim Tzouliadis
Twenty-eight chapters. Three hundred and sixty four pages. Seven hundred bibliography entries. One thousand one hundred and nineteen footnotes.
These numbers are significant. They are the result of hard work. They are proof of scholarship. Above all, they are evidence of atrocity. Of brutality, despotism, torture, and mass murder the likes of which the world had never known until the twentieth century and its ghastly embrace of Marxism.
Nine thousand. Forty thousand. One hundred and fifty thousand. Two hundred thousand. Three hundred thousand. These are the estimated body counts in just a few of the hundreds of mass graves dug by Lenin, Stalin, and their equally soulless henchmen. Millions of innocent human beings suffered and died miserably, of starvation, exposure, torture and execution, beneath the bloody iron fist of a movement that pretended to "liberate" but instead vigorously fostered widespread brutality, slavery and death behind an iron curtain of lies and deceit.
Among the millions that lost their freedom and lives were thousands of naive depression-era Americans that emigrated to the Soviet Union, wide-eyed and euphoric, believing in promises that on the surface were too good to be true, and beneath the facade were too horrific to be imagined. How quickly their anticipated paradise turned into a prison from which the only escape for most was death.
The full title of the book is "The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia". The American tragedy Tim Tzouliadis documents was much more than the loss of American lives. The American tragedy was also the travesty of the U.S. government and some private U.S. citizens aiding, abetting and enabling Stalin's regime. Without U.S. expertise, technology, financial aid and diplomatic duplicity, Stalin's five year plan would have barely made it off the drawing board.
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