Well 20 million seems to be the number that keeps popping up. Like with the 6 million in the Holocaust. Of course there is also people who says 6 million is too high or it just didn't happen. I wasn't there on either one and if somehow I was I would most likely lose count. This is the Soviet Union we are talking about. They lie and cover things up. Their own people had no idea how many troops died in order to defend Moscow and other places. Stalin tried to blame Katyn on the Germans and then they was prohibiting further investigation. The allied prisoners, liberated by the Russians, agreed to be released in the Yalta agreement that screwed over Poland and the Cossacks was never released.
The number could very well be more than 20 million.
If we was to consider the number of people who was replaced, had their lands seized, etc. The numbers would definitely be much more.
I graduated in 2012. Not that long ago but I am older than 20. And how is one going to look up something they had no idea existed? If I tell you to look up a one-eyed-one-horned flying purple people eater and you never heard of such a thing would you have thought to look it up on your own?
I was under the impression that the Holocaust was the only mass genocide as well. There was one teacher senior year who showed us a movie about the Rwanda genocide. You can imagine my shock to learn there was more genocides other than just the Holocaust. I never thought to look anything like that up while I was in school and it was never mentioned. Other than Rwanda with that one teacher, I was never taught anything about other atrocities besides the Holocaust.
I see where Sydney B mentioned Mao. Never heard of him while in school either. And I still don't know much about him.
Yes Hitler invaded the Soviet Union and we shouldn't have assisted the communists as much as we did. We should have just let them fight it out. Why did France and England only declare war on Germany for Germany's invasion / occupation of Poland when Russia did the exact same thing? Stalin was doing a military build up at the time and it's very likely he had his own plans of invading Europe. Hitler took him by surprise and gained the initiative with operation Barbarossa.
As General Patton said, "We may have been fighting the wrong enemy (Germany) all along. But while we're here (on the Soviet border), we should go after the bastards now, 'cause we're gonna have to fight 'em eventually."
That wasn't mentioned either.