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Collective West against Russia, 1918-1945 – a view from across the ocean

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The sanctions war of the collective West against Russia is not something unique in our history. It shows a steady antagonism between two civilizations – Western and Russian, regardless of the social system that exists in Russia.

From this point of view, a book that was published in the USSR 75 years ago and which describes the secret war of the West against the Soviet Union in 1918-1945 is of great interest: Michael Sayers, Albert Kahn. Secret war against Soviet Russia (M., 1947). The English-language original was released a year earlier: Sayers M., Caen BUT.E. Big CONSPIRACY. Secret War against Soviet Russia. — Boston: Brown & Co.1946.

Michael Sayers (1911-2010), Irish by origin, spent a significant part of his life in the United States. He was a historian, writer, screenwriter, playwright. Sympathized with the Soviet Union. In the 1950s, at the height of the witch hunt, he was blacklisted by the American authorities.

Albert Eugene Kahn (1912-1979) – American historian, writer, journalist, public figure. Nephew and namesake of the famous architect and designer of industrial facilities Alberta Kahn (1869-1942), who was the founder and head of the company Albert Kahn, Inc.., which designed and built about 500 industrial enterprises in the USSR during the first five-year plan. In addition to The Secret War Against Soviet Russia, Kahn, co-authored with Sayers in 1946, published the bookSecret war against America» ( FROMsecret Tuear vs america). The following year it was translated into Russian and published in the USSR by the Foreign Literature Publishing House.

Albert Eugene Kahn was a prolific writer. His books were published in our countryTreason to the motherland. Conspiracy against the people“(1950); “Game with death“(1960); “Notes on National Scandal“(1960); “changing world“(1961); “Conspiracy against the world“(1961); “Days with Ulanova“(1963); “Decision time“(1963); “Joy and sorrow. Reflections of Pablo Casals, told by him to Albert Kahn» (1977). In the late 1940s, Kahn was blacklisted by all major American publishers.

“Secret War against Soviet Russia” is the story of the conspiracy of the collective West against the Soviet state from the first days after the October Revolution to the last salvos of World War II. Most of this period of time is an open confrontation of the West with our country, which was expressed in trade and credit blockades of the Soviet state, military intervention by Russia’s former allies in the Entente, a diplomatic blockade, etc. But this is only the top of the iceberg, while the authors concentrate on the bottom , poorly visible or even invisible. First, in covert operations against Soviet Russia. Secondly, on the preparation of a direct military attack on Soviet Russia.

The book consists of four parts. one. Revolution and counter-revolution (the period from the summer of 1917 until the failure of the armed intervention of the imperialist powers against Soviet Russia). 2. Secrets of the “cordon sanitaire” (from the end of the civil war and intervention to the coming to power of the Nazis in Germany). 3. “Fifth Column” in Russia (subversive work of agents of the collective West in the USSR from 1925 to the start of the war) 4. From Munich to San Francisco (events from the Munich Agreement of 1938 to the end of World War II).

The book by Michael Sayers and Albert Kahn is unique. This is a view from there. The authors rightly point out that the hatred towards Russia, which is hard to hide by many Western politicians and businessmen, is not due to their rejection of the communist ideology (such rejection is just a disguise). Hatred is due to their rejection of Russia as a civilization, and this is in any social system. And Western business needs Russia, among other things, as a source of practically inexhaustible natural resources.

Sayers and Kahn write: “In fact, “anti-Bolshevism” played only a secondary role here. Much more important were such factors as the North Russian forest, Donetsk coal, Siberian gold and Caucasian oil. In addition, there were such vast imperialist plans as the British plan for the Transcaucasian Federation, which would fence India off from Russia and make possible the exclusive dominance of the British in the oil-bearing regions of the Middle East; the Japanese plan for the conquest and colonization of Siberia; the French plan to control the Donets Basin and the Black Sea and the ambitious, long-range German plan to take over the Baltics and Ukraine“.

The authors do not accept that the continuous open and secret war of the West against Russia undermines the foundations of Western civilization itself. And the transition of America to war with Russia, according to the authors, is explained by the fact that she (America) herself became a victim of a conspiracy. Sayers and Kahn write about this in the book The Secret War Against America.

An important milestone in the conspiracy against America was 1913, when the President was brought to the White House Woodrow Wilson. From that moment began a reversal in the domestic and foreign policy of the New World. First, at the end of 1913, the US Federal Reserve System was created, the printing press of which became a powerful tool for the world’s bankers; real power began to move from official state institutions to the owners of money (Fed shareholders). Secondly, not without the help of Washington in 1914 the First World War was provoked. Third, since the October Revolution of 1917, America has become actively interested in events in Russia. And not only to be interested, but also to direct them in the direction necessary for themselves, acting most often under the cloak of secrecy.

Since 1918, America’s secret war against Russia has reached a qualitatively different level.

The uniqueness of the book “The Secret War against Soviet Russia” lies in the fact that in preparing it, the authors used a wide range of sources, mostly American. Here is what they write in the preface:None of the episodes or conversations found in the book “The Secret War against Soviet Russia” is the author’s fiction. During the preparatory work on this book, we used the official publications of the US State Department; minutes of meetings of various committees of the US Congress; official documents issued by the British government; stenographic records of trials published by the Soviet government. We have also used the published memoirs of many of the individuals mentioned in this book. All conversations in the book are taken from memoirs, from official reports or from other documentary sources.“.

One of the important sources of information for the authors of the book was the father of Albert Kahn – Moritz Kahn. He was the right hand of his brother, the architect and industrial planner Albert Kahn. Moritz was the lead engineer and vice president of the company Albert Kahn, Inc. and chief negotiator for the company in the Soviet Union. He knew hundreds of Soviet state and party officials, business leaders, engineers, scientists, architects, etc. The book contains a large number of details that could only be accessible to a direct observer and witness, who was Moritz Kahn.

In the United States, the book appeared in 1946, when the collective West, after a speech Winston Churchill in Fulton (USA) announced the beginning of the Cold War against the Soviet Union. From the book of Sayers and Kahn it is clear that even in 1941-1945. the union of the USSR with other countries of the anti-fascist alliance was fragile and temporary. And the authors were in a hurry to publish the book for a reason – a few months after its release, it mysteriously disappeared from the American book market.

As for the Soviet edition of 1947, it was used by many Soviet historians and social scientists. The Soviet edition was preceded by a serious preface Petr Nikolaevich Pospelov (at that time a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, later an academician in the Department of History).

After 1956, the Soviet edition of the book also became semi-forbidden. After Khrushchev’s speech at the 20th Congress of the CPSU, any mention of Stalin’s role in the fight against the fifth column within the USSR was not welcomed and even persecuted. And Sayers and Kahn reveal the role of Stalin in this struggle, estimating it very highly. The book shows the intense struggle of Stalin and his associates with Leon Trotsky, Nikolai Bukharin, Grigory Zinoviev, Alexei Rykov, Lev Kamenev, Yuri Pyatakov, Christian Rakovsky, Nikolai Krestinsky, Arkady Rozengolts, Grigory Grinko, Grigory Sokolnikov and many others who were big bosses, representing various oppositions in the party – right, left, new, etc. Without the neutralization of these oppositions, it was impossible to start industrialization. In the late 1920s, these oppositions went underground and partially moved abroad. This is especially true of the Trotskyists, who settled in many people’s commissariats and other departments, headed large enterprises, and secretly interacted with their leader, Lev Trotsky, who was exiled abroad.

Much has been written about Soviet industrialization in the 1930s. But there is almost nothing about such a side of industrialization as sabotage, subversive work, hidden sabotage, murder (of the most active leaders who carried out industrialization). The book by Michael Sayers and Albert Kahn is replete with a large number of specific examples of covert opposition to industrialization (I have not seen such examples in any other sources). In the last three or four years before the start of the Great Patriotic War, Stalin managed to stop this opposition through purges, which made it possible to sharply increase the industrial potential of the country. The same “purge” was carried out in the Armed Forces of the USSR. The authors of the book make an unequivocal conclusion: without such purges, the Soviet Union could not have won the war.

The book did not fit into the ideological atmosphere of the post-Soviet period either. Getting acquainted with the book, the reader involuntarily began to draw parallels. Take for example the third part of the book “The Fifth Column” in Russia“. What is written there about the pre-war period in Soviet Russia and other countries is involuntarily projected onto today’s Russia. The authors rightly note that the war brought many surprises to the world. The world was stunned when fifth columns rose from the underground of Europe and Asia, with the help of which the Germans and Japanese quickly won their first victories everywhere except the Soviet Union. In the USSR, the fifth column was eliminated by the end of the 1930s, which became the key to our victory in the war. This was recognized by many sober politicians and statesmen of that time. In the summer of 1941, when the Nazis attacked the Soviet Union, Joseph E. Davisformer American ambassador to the USSR, wrote:There was no so-called “internal aggression” in Russia, acting in concert with the German high command. In 1939, Hitler’s campaign against Prague was accompanied by active military support from the Henlein organizations. The same can be said about Hitler’s invasion of Norway. But in Russia there were no Sudeten henleins, Slovak tissots, Belgian degrels or Norwegian quislings … In Russia in 1941 there were no representatives of the “fifth column” …. The purge brought order to the country and freed it from treason“.

I would like to end my reflections on the book by Michael Sayers and Albert Kahn with a quote from the preface, which was written 75 years ago by Academician P. Pospelov and remains relevant today: “Secret conspiracies did not end after the defeat of fascist Germany and imperialist Japan. The policy methods of the real masters of the capitalist world, the powerful capitalist monopolies, have changed little. Therefore, the peoples of the world must not allow themselves to be deceived by those who once raised German fascism, which brought incalculable suffering and misfortune to mankind. Sayers and Kahn’s book is useful in raising the vigilance of democratic nations“.

Photo: Albert Kahn, source – dbusiness.com

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