Communist poetry: “Kill the Germans! Kill!”

Ilya Ehrenburg – one of the most prolific authors, journalists and cultural figures of the Soviet Union. Born in Kiev, Russian Empire to a privileged Jewish family.

He was one of the most ardent supporters of Communism, being involved in the development of the Bolshevik revolution as early as 1905.

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“Kill!” – article published in 1942 (text is found in Vojna book, Moscow, 1942)

“The Germans are not human beings. From now on, the word ‘German’ is the most horrible curse. From now on, the word ‘German’ strikes us to the quick. We have nothing to discuss. We will not get excited. We will kill. If you have not killed at least one German a day, you have wasted that day … If you cannot kill a German with a bullet, then kill him with your bayonet. If your part of the front is quiet and there is no fighting, then kill a German in the meantime … If you have already killed a German, then kill another one – there is nothing more amusing to us than a heap of German corpses. Don’t count the days, don’t count the kilometers. Count only one thing: the number of Germans you have killed. Kill the Germans! …  – Kill the Germans! Kill!”

 The Soviet Union had not signed the Geneva Convention , leaving them free hand to break the basic human rights of both civilians and military alike.


Lord Professor Frederick Lindemann English physicist of Jewish background. Winston Churchill’s leading scientific adviser during World War 2, he advocated the carpet bombing of German cities filled with civilians to “demoralize the population”. Dresden bombing was one of his achievements. To read more on what made this attack particularly sadistic –  go here The Bombing of Dresden


Dresden bombing outcome


Although Ilya Ehrenburg and Frederick Lindemann had most probably never met, they followed the same goal – to kill the German.