Friday, March 10, 2017

Executing Ideas

On March 5th, Russians gathered at Stalin's tomb. He died on this date, heart attack it is thought.  Were they grieving?  Were they honoring him? Take a guess...

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A Communist party supporter cries while placing flowers on Stalin's grave in Red Square, outside the Kremlin wall, to mark the 63th anniversary of his death in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Josef Stalin led the Soviet Union from 1924 until his death in 1953. (Photo by Ivan Sekretarev/AP Photo)
March 5, 2017


A communist party supporter takes a selfie holding a portrait of Stalin as she lines up to place flowers to his grave in Red Square, outside the Kremlin wall, to mark the 64th anniversary of his death in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 5, 2017. Josef Stalin led the Soviet Union from 1924 until his death in 1953. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Newer generations of Russians are starting to revere Stalin as he saved them from the Nazis and protected them from Allied nations. Apparently  memories of gulags and mass executions have faded from modern history.

Mind boggling.


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27 comments:

  1. It's amazing how time can alter the perception of reality.

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    1. Re-writing history always does that.

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  2. I'm sure his legacy has been altered in history books here as well. Sad.

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    1. On Watter's World (Fox), he travels to spots and asks questions focusing on one thing. This last one was at San Antonio, in clear view of Alamo. He asked about 10 people about what happened...who was one of the defenders...etc. Sadly, only two people gave clear accurate answers. Too many 20s men had no idea about it all.

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  3. Pathetic that you can't get the truth as history is altered by whoever writes it many a time.

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    1. It seems that modern history makes heavy use of the delete button.

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  4. I suspect that some were grieving, and some were grateful. Which is probably true of most leaders. And I think the rewriting of history crosses cultures very successfully. Which is sad. And bad.

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    1. Germans killed 6 million, Stalin killed 20 million. Evil twins.

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  6. I agree with EC that this is both "sad and bad." We've often had conversations with our sons about Hitler and we've visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum together. But after reading this, I definitely think we should discuss Stalin at our next family dinner. Thanks Susan!

    Julie

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    1. No one really knows just how many people were executed, but it is well over 20 million.

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  7. Perhaps they're mourning because whoever took his place is worse?

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  8. One thing we can be sure of, history always repeats itself. With all the hate and anger we see lately for "the othersj, not like me", I am reminded of a book I read years ago, It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis.

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    1. REminds me of something like this: When Nazis first took the gypsies, cripples, and homosexuals, we kept quiet. When they took Jews, we kept quiet. Now they will start start taking the rest of us, there is no one left to speak out. Something like that, but basically the same thought.

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  9. Then our person in the White House has the nerve to say on national TV that "we kill a lot of people too." Mind boggling, indeed.

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  10. It's easier to whitewash history when people alive were not there when it happened. If you tell a lie long enough, people start to believe it. Scary stuff.

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  11. National pride is a peculiar phenomenon. For many Russians, Stalin is a symbol of strength. They don't care about the rest. We have some of that in our country, too. Consider feelings about the Confederate flag in the South.

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    1. Isn't that amazing!? Pride in slavery?

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  12. Mind-boggling indeed. Still another example of how people can be misinformed by their information sources or, worse, can come to strange conclusions even with the correct information.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Scary, isn't it! Despite a volume of history and facts, there will always be those who live in denial and anger.

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  13. Newsflash! I just realized it as I read this...Stalin had a direct influence on my life! My husband's parents left The Ukraine to escape from the brute who murdered thousands of their countrymen. My husband's grandfather was well off, (the mayor of his town) and owned a lot of land. He was sent to Siberia as "an enemy of the state" - a hard working man who had done well by his wits and hard work - how dare he! He died there of "natural causes." (Starvation is a natural result of being given nothing to eat.) His father had "gifted" his land (at gun point) to the state so my father-in-law escaped with his wife to the west. Revering Stalin could only be done by people who never suffered at his hands, people who are buying a sanitized version of history and the truth! Mass murderer that he was,he was (very indirectly)the cause of my meeting my husband!

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    1. Took my breath away here. No words can come close to describing this experience. Thank you.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!