This last week marked the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, known most popularly as the October Revolution despite the date of its occurrence being 7th November by the Georgian Calendar.
The revolution resulted in the downfall of Russia’s short-lived Provisional Government, installed after the abdication of the Tsar in February 1917, and the installation of a the world’s first fully-fledged Communist state. Thus the Soviet Union was born, a state that went on to commit unspeakable crimes against countless groups, including many that one would assume to be counted amongst its own people.
Recounting the events of October 1917 is futile to a degree, given the already widespread popular knowledge of this period in history. Besides, one can find a decent account of the basic timeline of events in most major news publications this week, who have scrambled to out-do one another in their efforts to mark the centenary with an historical analysis.
What is more prudent for us is to analyse an aspect of the Bolshevik revolution and its immediate aftermath that few are aware of, and that even fewer still are prepared to discuss. I am, of course, referencing the undeniably prominent Jewish role in this revolution.