That statement is tempting, but I think it's harder to argue with what Timothy
Snyder wrote in the excellent article Lucyna pointed to at
"We cannot, of course, know what would have happened had Stalin refused
Hitler's overtures and declined to enable Hitler's empire in summer 1939. What
we do know is that the worst war in history, with its battles and atrocities,
with its starvation and its Holocaust, began this way and not another."
But it is certainly easy to understand the feelings of the Victims of Communism
Memorial Foundation. Thanks for posting the url, Janusz.
Sault Ste Marie Canada
D-DAY FOUNDATION ERRS AGAIN--REMOVES STALIN BUST
BUT PROMISES TO REINSTALL IT
Statement by Dr. Lee Edwards, Chairman
Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
The National D-Day Memorial Foundation has erred again, and badly. Its decision
to remove the Stalin bust but to reinstall it in the future is a grave insult to
the brave Americans and others who stormed the Normandy beaches on June 6,
1944-no Soviet troops participated in D-Day operations. It is also a serious
misreading of the history of World War II, which was launched following the
Stalin-Hitler pact of August 1939. There would have been no need for the D-Day
invasion if there had been no cynical "non-aggression" agreement between the
Soviet and German dictators.
The D-Day Memorial Foundation attempted to cover up its retreat on the June
installation of the Stalin bust by stating it would remove not only the Stalin
bust but all the busts of World War II leaders, including FDR and Churchill. It
would then "reintroduce" all of the busts, including the Stalin bust, and
"congregate them" somewhere in the memorial. This plan is even worse than the
original placement of the Stalin statue because grouping Stalin with FDR,
Churchill and other allied leaders would give the Soviet dictator a moral as
well as a political equivalence he does not deserve.
The D-Day Memorial Foundation insisted that its decision was not "a reaction to
special interests" that had expressed their opposition, thereby insulting the
American Legion which had urged the removal of the Stalin bust. As for the
Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, we admit proudly that we have a
special interest in educating people about the myriad crimes and victims of
communism, millions of whom died as a result of Joseph Stalin's tyranny.
Stalin-who was responsible for more deaths in the 20th century than any other
dictator save Mao Zedong--has no place at a National D-Day Memorial. The Victims
of Communism Memorial Foundation pledges to continue its national campaign for
the permanent removal of the Stalin bust from the D-Day Memorial.
From: Anne Kaczanowski <kazameena@...
Sent: Fri, October 1, 2010 11:18:58 AM
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Stalin Bust
This is the best statement I have read on the Stalin statue...
"There would have been no need for the D-Day invasion if there had been no
cynical "non-aggression" agreement between the Soviet and German dictators."Â
Isn't this the truth which somehow has gotten lost .
From: janusz_ks <kresy@...
Sent: Fri, October 1, 2010 5:23:42 AM
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Re: Stalin Bust Temporary removed
Statement by Dr. Lee Edwards, "Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation"
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