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Renounce thy vengeance

November 15, 2009

(When Papillon was finally free he prayed):

“Lord, forgive me if I do not know how to pray; look into me and you will see I don’t possess words enough to express my gratitude to you for having brought me this far…What can I do to show you that I am sincerely grateful for your care of me?”

“Renounce thy vengeance”

Did I really hear these words or did I only think I heard them? I don’t know: but they came so suddenly, like a smack in the face, that I’d almost swear I really did hear them.

Oh no! Not that! Don’t ask me that. These people have made me suffer too much. How can you expect me to forgive those bent cops, or Polein, that perjured witness? How can I give up the idea of ripping out that inhuman lawyer’s tongue? I can’t do it. You’re asking too much…I’m sorry to offend you, but at no price whatsoever will I give up carrying out my revenge.

Papillon, p.561


we do not pardon, we demand – vengeance!

October 3, 2009

We want to call to account the November Criminals of 1918. It cannot be that two million Germans should have fallen in vain and that afterwards one should sit down as friends at the same table with traitors. No, we do not pardon, we demand – vengeance! The dishonouring of the nation must cease. For betrayers of the Fatherland and informers, the gallows is the proper place…”

Hitler 18.9.22, speech in the Zirkus Krone, in A. Bullock, Hitler, Penguin, p.88

Revenge as Political Motivation

September 5, 2009

(Lenin was expelled from university by the Tsarist authorities and) despite his mother’s repeated requests, denied re-admission. Lenin spent the three years following his expulsion in forced idleness, growing increasingly embittered at a regime that had punished him so severely for a minor infraction of university rules, ruining forever his career. His resentment focused not only on tsarism but also on the ‘bourgeoisie’ that ostracised his family for the crime of his executed brother. It made him into a fanatical revolutionary determined to destroy, root and branch, the existing social and political order. The source of Lenin’s revolutionary passion was thus not sympathy for the poor; indeed, when famine struck the Volga region in 1891-92, he lone among the local intelligentsia opposed humanitarian assistance to the starving peasants, on the grounds that the famine was progressive because it destroyed the old peasant economy and paved the way for socialism. Nor was his revolutionary ardor inspired by a vision of a more just future. It was grounded in anger and driven by a craving for revenge. Struve, who collaborated with him in the 1890s, wrote many years later that the principle feature of Lenin’s personality was hatred.

Richard Pipes, Communism, 2002, pp.27-28

Lenin’s orders for the kulaks (richer peasants) was:

Hang (hang without fail, so that people will see) no fewer than one hundred known kulaks, rich men, bloodsuckers … Do it in such a way that … for hundreds of versts around, the people will see, tremble, know, shout: ‘They are strangling and will strangle to death the sucker kulaks’.

ibid., p.48


August 22, 2009

I Don’t get angry, get even

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12.19