There is nothing nostalgic because nobody has good memories about today’s subject but it is part of world history and a reminder of how evil a leader of a country can be.
Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili is not a well-known name but when he changed his name to Joseph Stalin he became of the most brutal leaders in world history. He was born on December 18, 1978.
Adolph Hitler is regarded as one of the most evil leaders in world history but Stalin caused the death of as many people if not more than Hitler during his reign as chancellor of Germany. Many of the executions were not recorded so there is no way to know the true number of people executed.
Stalin was the general secretary of the Communist Party from 1922 to 1953. The following quotes explain why Stalin was known for the purging/deaths of his enemies.:
Death is the solution to all problems. No man – no problem.
I trust no one, not even myself.
It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
The only real power comes out of a long rifle.
We don’t let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?
Stalin moved up in the Soviet hierarchy and when Leon Trotsky seemed to be the likely successor to Vladimir Lenin he was exiled from Russia and on May 24, 1940 he survived an assassination attempt by Stalinists while Trotsky was living in Mexico. Then on August 24, 1940 a single assassin named Ramon Mercader struck Trotsky with an ax. Trotsky lived till the next day and said that Stalin had achieved his goal of eliminating Trotsky after the failed attempt in May.
Signs Pact With Germany
Stalin signed a non-aggression pact with Hitler in 1939 permitting Germany to take over Poland, Sweden and other countries.
However Germany violated the terms of the contract and Stalin joined the Allies in 1941 which was one of the most notable developments in World War II. The war would probably would have had lasted much longer if not for Germany joining in the fight against Hitler.
Crucial Mistake By Hitler
The United States and Britain would have had to battle both Germany and Russia if not for Hitler making the crucial mistake of violating the pact. There would not have been an eastern front in Russia which would have given Hitler more flexibility during the rest of the war.
One of the favorite ways to get rid of Stalin’s enemies was the purging which is a substitute word for murder of his enemies and even those who were not necessarily enemies but were threats to Stalin’s power.
Americans who had moved to Russia during the Great Depression were executed along with thousands of people from other countries.
681,000 Executed in 1937 and 1938
Over 681,000 were executed during a two year period in 1937 and 1938. He reportedly killed at least 3 million but that is probably a conservative number with some sources claiming he killed as many as 60 million.
When the Russians defeated the Germans in the Battle of Stalingrad it was a turning point for Russia in World War II and the Russians drove the Germans back to Germany where they were there to divide the spoils of war with the Allies.
Will Never Know Total of Deaths
We will never know how many people that Hitler and Stalin ordered murdered but have seen online at more than one place that Stalin was responsible for 20 million deaths while Hitler ordered the deaths of 12 million.
It is ironic that Stalin may have been killed himself by rat poison and was left unattended by doctors all night until the next morning. Lavrentiy Berea who was the interior minister later said that he took him out which reinforces that he was probably killed when Stalin died four days later on March 5, 1953.
Stalin has left a legacy of millions of deaths by executions, starvation and any other means available.