Meet­ing of ex­tremes

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – Daniel Han­nan (Com­ment, Oc­to­ber 28) is cor­rect: the ob­jec­tives and meth­ods of Hitler’s Na­tional So­cial­ists and Stalin’s In­ter­na­tional So­cial­ists were sim­i­lar. They were even in a form of al­liance from Au­gust 1939 un­til sum­mer 1941.

It is puz­zling that nearly all com­men­ta­tors ac­cept, il­log­i­cally, that Hitler’s regime was “far-Right” and Stalin’s “far-Left”. The bru­tal 1941-5 war on the Eastern Front was be­tween two sim­i­lar to­tal­i­tar­ian regimes.

The time has come to re­place the Left-Right clas­si­fi­ca­tion of ide­olo­gies. Keith Fer­ris

Cox­heath, Kent

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