Bolsheviks, Nazis, and the Spring Play

The spring play this year is called “All Through the Night” and it takes place in Germany during the time that Hitler was in power. During rehearsal today, I noticed that one of the characters talks about the Bolsheviks. This character bemoans the harshness of the Nazi regime and states that they want to join the Bolsheviks and fight against the Nazis. I found this really interesting because, when we were studying the Russian Revolution, the Bolsheviks seemed to be the radical group in Russia, but, in the opinion of the rest of Europe – especially Nazi Germany – they were not very radical at all. Certainly at the turn of the 20th century in Russia, they were changing many things, but by the time that World War II was happening, and the Nazi regime was put into the grand political scheme of things, the Bolsheviks were not only far more benevolent in comparison, but they were at the other end of the political spectrum.

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2 Responses to Bolsheviks, Nazis, and the Spring Play

  1. Drew says:

    This is a very interesting point. I think it’s so crazy how relative the world is. This also makes me this about how the world progresses. Might the Nazi’s have strived to be more radical than the Bolsheviks? I think that part of what an institution so radical is what they are trying to accomplish. The Bolsheviks wanted to bring about communism, or convert people to communists (mainly focused in Russia), whereas the Nazi’s wanted to exterminate a whole demographic of people, not just convert them. But it’s really nice how you could make the connection based upon what you learning in class.

    • Krissy Bylancik says:

      You raise an interesting question, Drew. While I don’t know much about the political ambitions of the Nazi party, I doubt that their goal was to be more radical than the Bolsheviks. Though, as you point out, I think that it’s definitely important to take into consideration the main goals of each of these groups when comparing their radicalness.

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