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Stalin-He Had To Kill 30 Million Say Russian Schools!

Last year, Russian teacher education manuals described the former dictator, Joseph Stalin, as an “effective manager.” Now, a new teacher manual argues the brutal dictator who, most probably, was responsible for the death of over 30 million people, acted rationally in carrying out these deaths because Russia had to be modernized. Teachers are being told the Great Terror of the 1930s when thousands were executed and millions terrorized, that “Stalin did not know who would deal the next blow, and for that reason, he attacked every known group and movement, as well as those who were not his allies or of his mindset.”

Defenders of the manual argue they are not defending the dictator, but simply explaining his motivation. Millions of Russians were killed or sent to camps in Siberia where they were worked to death. One wonders if students will be told how many thousands of brave Russian soldiers who fought in WWII were killed after the war.

Lies Told To Russian Children

A new Russian history textbook is being used which portrays the policies of dictator Joseph Stalin in fairly light terms. For example, it gives the impression that Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania voluntarily joined the Soviet Union when in reality they were seized by Stalin. It presents a view that he modernized Russia, although he might have used some severe measures to accomplish that goal. The book does state there were forced labor camps and mentions 800,000 executions, but never comes close to getting at the real figures of at least 20 million dead because of Stalin.

One of the problems of education is failure on the part of nations to present historically valid materials to youth. In America, an event like the War With Mexico ordinarily offers an American interpretation but leaves out the feelings of Mexicans about how and why the war actually began. Japan continues denying the atrocities its troops committed in China and elsewhere and actually gets upset when outsiders raise the issue. Turkey has jut won its fight to keep the truth about the Armenian genocide out of its books. On the hopeful sign, there are groups such as a Franco-German historian commission which is examining textbooks to eliminate jingoism and one sided interpretations. This is not an exercise in altering history, it is a movement toward providing youth with accurate history. Unfortunately, Russia prefers masking the horror of Joseph Stalin, mass murderer.