Everyday Anticommunism (Again)

Following up on my last post, still another everyday anticommunist insinuation from the Netflix comedy series GLOW.

A minor character, who is supposed to be a Jewish refugee from the Soviet Union, says: “In Russia, only thing they hate more than homosexual is Jew.”

Well, this is outrageous nonsense that manages to combine anticommunism with contemporary Russia-bashing.

Czarist Russia, it is true, may have been the most viciously antisemitic country on earth, with routine mass pogroms instigated by the secret police and antisemitic propaganda such as the notorious Protocols of the Elders of Zion. But all that changed with the Bolshevik Revolution.

The Soviet Union aggressively outlawed antisemitism and all other forms of racism. Many Bolsheviks themselves were Jews. Jews were actually over-represented in leadership, managerial, and other privileged positions in the Soviet Union. The Red Army saved the lives of millions of Jews in World War II.

None of this has stopped anticommunists from trying to tar the Soviet Union—and Stalin—with the brush of antisemitism. During the 1980s, for example, there was this big “human rights” flap over Soviet Jews who wanted to emigrate to Israel. They had difficulty receiving permission. This had nothing to do with racism but with the fact that communist countries were reluctant to allow skilled workers to emigrate. Eventually thousands of these Jews were allowed to move to Israel anyway.

Here is something you are never told: Later, a significant number of those emigrants decided to return to the Soviet Union.

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