Episode #73- What Can We Believe About Stalin? (Part I)
26/09/2018 by ourfakehistory/ Entertainment One (eOne)
The are few 20th century figures as perplexing as Josef Stalin. Historians widely agree that Stalin was responsible for the deaths of some 20 million human beings. Despite that his legacy has remained the topic of serious debate. This is because the history of his regime was actively distorted by both Stalin himself and his many enemies. Stalin tried to make himself myth. His enemies tried to show that he was monster. Who was he really? Tune in and find out how pools of urine, webbed toes, and unpaid library fines all play a role in the story.
The most interesting things in this episode:
- The implication that the second rung of the USSR Communist Party reacted to Stalin’s stroke by pretending that he was fine and nothing was wrong because they hoped that if he died instead of getting better, they would be off the hook for responding late
- How Stalin constantly rewrote his own past to make himself seem like a revolutionary – specifically, claiming that he was kicked out of the seminary for being a revolutionary, when it was more that he was kicked out for being an asshole by an equally asshole teacher who claimed he had unpaid library fines.