Contrary to popular belief, HISTORY IS NOT CAST IN STONE. This is because history is made up of human interpretations and these can change.
What is disturbing then is the fact that Stalin’s role in Russia’s past and present has taken such a dramatic turn toward the positive, that people in Russia and elsewhere fear the horrors he committed will be erased from history.
Outside Russia, the legacy of Stalin, who ruled as a dictator from the 1920s until his death in 1953, is pretty clear. Killing millions of his own people landed him a place with the world’s worst dictators, alongside Hitler and Pol Pot. His name conjures images of domestic terror, nighttime arrests and paranoia for power that prompted fatal campaigns against perceived enemies.
Inside Russia, the story is more complicated. He was, according to a school textbook adopted last year and endorsed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a “competent manager” who committed atrocities at home out of necessity.
Not too long ago, Stalin nearly won a nationwide call-in poll asking people to vote for the person who best represents Russia.
Stalin’s grandson, Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, is fighting the claim that Stalin was directly involved in the Gulag deaths. And in a bold move, the Moscow metro opened a refurbished station bearing a massive inscription glorifying the dictator. “Stalin raised us to be loyal to the nation, inspired us to labor and great deeds,” reads the saying, which adorned the original station but was removed after Stalin’s death in 1953.
What is shocking is that for the most part, average Russians approve!
THE QUESTION IS…IS THERE ANY WAY TO REALLY CHANGE THE WAY STALIN HAS BEEN PERCEIVED ALL THIS WHILE? IS IT RIGHT TO GLORIFY HIM AS A HERO?
LOOK AT THE SOURCES GIVEN IN THE LINKS TO DETERMINE IF YOU CAN ACCEPT THAT STALIN WAS A HERO IN HIS RIGHT. COMMENT ON THE RELIABILITY OF THE SOURCES AS YOU STUDY THEM AND FINALLY WRITE YOUR REFLECTION AS TO WHETHER STALIN IS REALLY A HERO OR A VILLAIN?
Parts extracted & adapted from http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/russia/090910/josef-stalin-gulag-museum