Lazar Moiseyevich Kaganovich (Russ. Ла́зарь Моисе́евич Кагано́вич; November 22, 1893 – July 25, 1991) was a Jewish communist. As Stalin's chief henchman, he ordered the deaths of millions of Europeans and the wholesale destruction of Christian monuments and churches, including the great Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Standing amid the rubble of the cathedral, Kaganovich proclaimed, "Mother Russia is cast down. We have ripped away her skirts."
In the gulags, there were some captives who escaped by simulating death. Comrade Kaganovitch (one member of that great family) suggested to smash the head of all the dead with a hammer before burying them in order to avoid people escaping.
- (N.Y. Times, Sept. 26, 1995)