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Rehabilitating Joseph Stalin

It's hard to imagine any of Russia's current leaders getting a birthday party like the one thrown Monday at Moscow's Ismailovsky Hotel for the former despot,...

Books: Not Your Average Joe

At the end of World War II, Joseph Stalin's personal movie library expanded. His army liberated Joseph Goebbels' film collection. On movie nights in the old...

Hell No, We Want Joe!

Is Joseph Stalin coming back in style? Members of Russia's political elite certainly seem to miss him. Their views received striking expression in a 3,000-word...

Selling Joe Stalin

Did Joseph Stalin invent modern marketing? That's the thesis of a new show at Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle, which argues that the techniques the dictator used...

Stalin's Sancho Panza

When the Soviet ship Baltika throbbed into New York harbor one morning in September 1960, demonstrators on a chartered sightseeing boat waved placards: ROSES ARE...

Books: In The Name Of Evil

Adolf Hitler has long been established as the 20th century's Great Satan, the base line of evil; Joseph Stalin, equally monstrous by most objective measures,...

Icons of Stalinism

Russia has an inverse-survival law of political totems: the more images of a leader there were, the fewer there will be. Since 1989, cities from the Danube to...

The Evil That Two Men Did

Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, the two most powerful personifications of evil in this century, are still impossible to explain fully. They shouldered their way...

The Union: Haunted By History's Horrors

For almost 50 years there were whispered stories about black vans that drove every night into a fenced enclosure in the Kurapaty forest, about gunshots and...

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