Yezhov, Stalin’s executioner in the great purges, strangles, like Hercules in his crib, the snakes of anti-bolshevik agitation.
From The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore:
The principle of ordering murder like industrial quotas in the Five-Year Plan was …natural…The regions were to receive quotas for two categories: Category One – to be shot. Category Two – to be deported.
Murder by the numbers – many regions exceeded their quotas! Some ideas are so good, they get around, so we have Hitler remarking to his cronies, nervous about his proposed ‘final solution’ to the existence of the Jews, “Who remembers the Armenian genocide?” These guys studied history! And Stalin, after Hitler slaughters his enemies to take control of the Nazi party in the Night of the Long Knives remarks,
“Did you hear what happened in Germany? Some fellow that Hitler! Splendid! That’s a deed of some skill!”
Who says these monsters didn’t study their craft and take pride in their work? So, I wonder, did Hitler watch Stalin, and learn from him about industrialized murder? His version was more focused, but it had different aims, I guess.