Wednesday, March 07, 2007

A Blogger Remembers SMERSH

VRW Conspiracy shares the personal memory of when a friend of his father's encountered SMERSH. It touches on a subject which will probably forever remain a closed book. To what extent did Communist death squads operate in America? David Horowitz has controversially maintained that murder was used to keep Leftist cadres in line in the 1960s. It's been widely reported that Joseph Stalin had ordered a hit on John Wayne. However, the Duke formed a bodyguard of ex-stuntmen who were personally loyal to him and, in his own personal real life contest with the greatest murderer the world has ever seen, prevailed. But that story has been told elsewhere, so here's VRW Conspiracy's family memory of SMERSH.

Smersh was real, not just some James Bond fiction. I know from family stories about some of their activities. The Soviet Politburo sent out the orders for Smersh to hunt down all former Communists -- traitors, in their view -- world wide.

A close friend of my parents – who was also my best friend's father -- was a union organizer -- union thug(?) -- in NYC. He was a huge athletic man, quite appropriate for his job. When this union, led by a former Communist bigwig, got wind of the order to murder, they sent three of their organizers, my parents friend included, to the Soviet Consulate in NYC for a chat. The organizers told a Soviet diplomat that for every former Communist murdered there would be ten Soviet diplomats killed. What happened was that the murders of former Communists commenced around the world, but the US was left out. Now that is real diplomacy.


Blogger nikita said...

Man, who invented this story, obviously has not a slightest idea of how soviet bureaucracy worked.

3/07/2007 04:15:00 AM  
Blogger RWE said...

Back in the 1930's the Soviets sent a number of agents into the U.S. but told them they would have to provide for themselves - no money would be provided. So they had no choice but to go to work; some even became successful entrepreneurs. Needless to say, being in the Capitalists’ Paradise rather than the Workers’ Paradise, this required some readjustment of their attitudes.

One of these agents came back to the USSR after over a decade in the U.S. He was treated as a hero, congratulated by the elite, and given tours of factories. At one factory, following his tour, he was asked to provide a few inspirational words to the workers. He began his speech with “If this were my factory I would fire all of you…”

Such attitudes became known to the Soviet leadership, and in the late 1940’s virtually all of the Soviet agents in the U.S. were recalled and executed. All but one – and he was a Russian immigrant who had run to the FBI the moment he had been approached by the KGB. And he was a true Hollywood con artist. Think of James Bond as played by Danny Devito. It would make a great movie!

3/07/2007 05:31:00 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

It doesn't sound like anyone here has read much on the venona cables.

3/07/2007 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger demosophist said...

The word verification image doesn't show up in Firefox.

Anyway, what I wanted to say is that if there ever were such a thing as SMERSH they sure missed a bet by not stomping out that coven of future anti-soviets at City College that included Lipset, Kristol, Himmelfarbe, Glazer, Rossi, et al. Either they didn't really exist, or they were as dumb as a bag of axes.

3/07/2007 07:38:00 PM  
Blogger Bleepless said...

Bumping off all former Communists would have required killing tens of millions of people. Not likely. Also, no intelligence officer or agent would have been paraded before a factory full of strangers.

3/08/2007 03:23:00 PM  
Blogger Reocon said...

"In the first attempt, two Russian assassins posing as FBI agents tried to kill Wayne - born Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907 - in his office at Warner Brothers studios in Hollywood.

But the plot was uncovered and the would-be killers were captured, the book says, citing several sources including director Orson Welles."

Two KGB (NKVD?) assassins try to bump off one of America's premier actors in th early 50s and are captured alive. But the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover wisely decides that there is no good publicity to be gained from parading the "would-be-killers" in front of the media and secretly trades them back to Uncle Joe for a couple cases of his "Amazink Moustache Wax". I believe that.

3/11/2007 01:34:00 PM  

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