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Communism: The Death Toll

Communism had killed millions of people.  In fact, it has killed more people than the Nazis ever did (horrific as the Nazis were).  Nazi Germany (and its fellow Axis Powers) are responsible for the deaths of 35 million people, and some estimates put the death toll as high as 70 million to 85 million.  This death toll includes those who perished in the Holocaust.

But the communists have a higher death toll than the Axis Powers.  According to the Black Book of Communism, the number of deaths attributed to the communists is as follows:

  • Soviet Union: 20 million
  • China: 65 million
  • Vietnam: 1 million
  • North Korea: 2 million
  • Cambodia: 2 million
  • Eastern Europe: 1 million
  • Latin America: 150,000
  • Africa: 7 million
  • Afghanistan: 5 million
  • The international communist movement and Communist parties not in power: 10,000

But the number of deaths due to Communism is most likely even higher.  For instance, some estimates put the Soviet Union’s death toll ranges from 60 million to 70 million, and that does not include the number of infant deaths resulting from abortions from the Soviet era.

Meanwhile, China is said to have been responsible for the deaths of 70 million people, and that number has probably increased significantly to this day (note:  this figure does not include the number of abortions that have been performed there).

It is the same scenario for North Korea, where to this day, the death toll is probably ranging from 5.4 to 6.4 million, due to famine from the 1990s and the many purges over the years.

Another example would be Cambodia, where the number of deaths is said to be as high as 3 million.

The number of Latin Americans dead due to communism is probably higher than 150,000, particularly when one examines the death toll in Cuba.  The estimate there appears to be as high as 68,000.  And since Cuba is still a communist nation, the death toll has probably increased to this day.  The same can probably be said for Latin American nations such as Venezuela and Nicaragua, or other countries such as Laos or Zimbabwe.

And how many Americans have died due to Communism (aside from the Korean and Vietnam Wars)?  Some might have died at the hands of communist spies, while others died due to being accused by communist regimes of being American spies.  Some Americans probably even died due to their fellow Americans committing treason.  The exact number is unclear.  The same can be said for Antifa and other leftist groups here in America, although the number is probably relatively low.

Thus, the number of people who have died because of Communism exceeds 100 million.

Can the estimated 4-5 million deaths worldwide that resulted from Covid-19 be added to this list, since the pandemic originated in China?




Andrew Linn

Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to and Right Impulse Media.