Posted November 13, 2018 05:07:15There are many things we don’t know about the Edmonton Memorial to victims of Communism.
But we do know that the events of November 2, 1959, saw the first of what became known as the “Little Terror.”
On November 2 and 3, 1959 members of the Edmonton chapter of the Communist Party of Canada, led by Karl Korschen, attacked a memorial for victims of the Bolshevik revolution in downtown Edmonton.
They destroyed a portrait of Lenin, and then shot and killed two people outside the building.
The Communist Party had previously been a political and ideological force in Alberta, but the killing of Lenin was the first time they had killed a person for political reasons.
On November 4, 1959 a third person was murdered inside the Memorial to the Murdered in Edmonton.
The victim was not a Communist Party member, but rather a worker for the Canadian National Railway.
His death was ruled a homicide and a suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
That same day the Edmonton Municipal Police launched an investigation into the attack, but it took more than a year for police to officially release their findings.
This is an important piece of information for historians and those interested in the history of the assassination of Lenin.
What happened on November 2 in Edmonton?
Did the group who carried out the attack intend to kill Lenin, or did they intend to intimidate and provoke?
Was the killing intended to bring about a change in the Communist party leadership in Alberta?
What was the motivation behind the attack?
Was it to intimidate the Canadian government into passing legislation to limit the use of communist propaganda?
Was there any political reason behind the assassination?
Did the Alberta government try to bring the Communist leaders to justice?
Did it take a full investigation by police, or was it done by the Communist organization itself?
Did anyone at the Memorial organize or assist the attack on the memorial?
Did anybody at the memorial recognize the person who had been shot?
Did they identify any other victims, and if so, what happened to them?
What do you think happened to the bodies of the two victims?
Was the attack done in retaliation for a police crackdown on the Communist group?
Did someone inside the memorial actually kill the person outside?
Did members of a local Communist Party organize the attack and attempt to murder a Canadian citizen?
Did any of the members of that local Communist party try to stop the attack from happening?
Did those members of their local Communist organization help carry out the assassination attempt?
Did there even exist any Communist Party members who did anything to assist or protect the victims?
Were the police involved in any way?
Did police and police officers provide any assistance to the members who carried it out?
Did police or any other authorities intervene to stop or delay the killing?
Did witnesses or anyone else who witnessed the assassination try to help stop the murder?
Did anyone else in the Edmonton area see the attack take place?
Did members of other local Communist organizations intervene to prevent the attack taking place?
Did other people in Edmonton try to halt or stop the killing or arrest the person?
Did someone else witness the attack or report it?
Did any other members of Alberta’s Communist Party intervene to intervene in the attack at the Edmonton memorial?
What happened to those two bodies?
Were the bodies returned to the Memorial?
Did a third victim survive the attack to the grave?
Was a posthumous autopsy performed?
Was anyone else buried in the Memorial that day?
Was there an autopsy performed in Canada?
Did Canada’s then-government of Canada even know about this?
Did a body of the third victim be identified?
Did it ever come out that the third person had been a Communist?
Did he or she die in Canada, or in Alberta at all?
Did that person ever find out that he or her body had been removed from the Memorial after the attack happened?
What are some other questions that need to be asked about this assassination attempt on the Edmonton monument?