Critique of the Stalin Era

Authors

  • Anna Louise Strong

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-008-03-04-1956-07-08_4

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History

Abstract

The most hopeful event in years for worldwide Marxist thinking is the critique of the Stalin era now going on. This is a period long awaited, when the total results of these decades of building socialism are up for review. But we shall benefit only as we analyze honestly, soberly. The commercial press naturally distorts; it delights to use the revelations about Stalin to divert attention from the truly stupendous achievements reported by the Twentieth Congress of the Communist Party of the USSR. Such attack is expected. It is a matter of more concern when good friends who last year refused to speak to me because Stalin's police once called me a spy, now gently chide that I fail to realize "the full extent of Stalin's crimes." To make this a devil-hunt on Stalin gets us nowhere.

Published

1956-07-03

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