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There have been have many fundamental debates over the numbers repressed under Stalin and whether it was higher or lower than the numbers repressed under fascist Nazi Germany including Hitler much literature covers all sides of this debate The debate over the facts are highly argued as many factors including the apparent decision to lock away the facts for more than half a century have impacted on the reporting and accuracy of these facts The debate has arisen over a culmination of different parameters over a period of time and different interests involved which has led to distortions over the specific archival facts of the repression To cover this question over the numbers repressed and its relevance to the totalitarian theory there must be a thorough understanding of these texts Victims of Stalinism A comment Conquest Robert Europe-Asia Studies Vol 49 Nov 1997 1317-1319 The Scale and Nature of German and Soviet Repression and mass killings 1930-45 Wheatcroft Stephen Europe-Asia studies Vol 48 No 8 Dec 1996 1319-1353 Culture and Politics under Stalin A Reappraisal Fitzpatrick Sheila Slavic Review Vol 35 no 2 Jun 1976 211-231 Wheatcroft in his report on the mass killings in the Soviet union has emphasised that repression should be held in a broader context including all mass killings repression is the broader concept and although in common Russian usage will include all mass killings 13201996 Wheatcroft However Wheatcroft does not believe that the numbers repressed under Stalin were greater than those repressed under Hitler I think Majer and Kershaw have been misled by Conquest and others into accepting that Stalins regime killed many more people than Hitlers 13231996 Wheatcroft There seems to be a bitter intellectual feud between Wheatcroft and Conquest over these facts Wheatcroft sees Majers estimate on Soviet repression as the authority on the debate over the numbers Majer is one of the few authors that has attempted to be more precise in defining what
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