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  • The Stalin Bust: Why Don’t They Get It?

    The national convention of the American Legion joins a long list of Americans of all political views in condemning inclusion of a bust of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. Some 3,000 delegates last week adopted a resolution saying the Stalin bust “flies in the face of history which has seen countries tearing down—not erecting—statues of Stalin.”

    So far, the reaction of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, which installed the Stalin bust in June and in the wake of outrage is “reviewing” the decision, continues to be … silence.

    The American Legion’s action follows opposition to the Stalin bust expressed by, among others, the Central and East European Coalition, representing 20 million Americans; the North Korea Freedom Coalition; the Joint Baltic American National Committee; and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, of which I am chairman. Also weighing in against the bust: Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA); Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA), whose district includes Bedford and the memorial grounds; the Bedford County Board of Supervisors; and, in an editorial, The Washington Post.

    In the 10 weeks since the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation began a petition campaign, more than 4,400 individuals and institutions have put their names on the line urging officials at the private National D-Day Memorial to do the honorable thing and remove the bust without further delay. Many of those who signed explained their disapproval.

    Romuald E. Lipinski wrote: “As a Siberia survivor, where I was deported on Stalin’s order, at age of 14, I protest in strongest terms against displaying his monument in Bedford or anywhere else in the civilized world.”

    Leslie L. Megyeri wrote: “During the 1956 Hungarian Freedom Fight, I participated in the removal of the despised Stalin statue in Budapest. As a U.S. Army veteran, I am appalled that I find a Stalin statue in the U.S.”

    Veaceslav Vasiliev wrote: “I sign for my father who was deported with his family in 1940 from Basarabia (Moldova) to Siberia. I sign for my grandfather Ilie Vasiliev, killed in Siberian Gulag (Ivdellag).”

    Ray Marchetta wrote: “KOLIMAR, Soviet Georgia famine 1932, Siberia, purges that killed 20 million, V Cheka and much more! Are you kidding me with this statue of Stalin?”

    Sadly, Mr. Marchetta, this is no joke. It’s time for the folks at the National D-Day Memorial Foundation to admit making a profound mistake. It’s time for them to remove the bust of Stalin, a cold-blooded tyrant who was second in all history only to China’s Mao Zedong as the dictator with the most blood on his hands.

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    5 Responses to The Stalin Bust: Why Don’t They Get It?

    1. John R. Sans, Akron, says:

      How ignorant or stupid can the people in the leadership be at the D-Day Memorial Foundation? My parents fled from Riga, Latvia, during World War II and came to the United States after the War. Two of my father's brothers were arrested and murdered by the Soviet KGB under Stalin. They were arrested simply because of who they were. One brother was a judge; the other brother was a Latvian Army officer. Stalin was one of the worst mass murderers in world history. He deserves no honor only condemnation.

    2. Johann Wolfgang von says:

      It is amazing that Socialists like Stalin and Mao are seldom given the credit for the crippling personal subjugation (as opposed to personal liberty) and oppressive poverty they promoted while murdering millions in efforts to "purge" their societies into communist utopias. Now this group wants to include Stalin in a D-Day memorial! Just how many Soviet troops, ships, or planes did assail Normandy beaches? This inclusion is historical fiction and totally inappropriate for D-Day observances.

    3. Drew Page, IL says:

      Unbelievable! What were these Foundation people thinking? Who will the next statue honor, Pol Pot, Mao, Hitler? they too were historical figures.

    4. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      Oh! That's rich! Warner and Perrillo voting Communism all day long every day, and then opposing the King Of Murder's statue. That's just fine in the midst of the great American holocaust which will surely lead to Mass Murder very soon (if Progressives have their way.)

      I would support a statue of Stalin if they put his face on the rear end of a Donkey. Doesn't the sensitivity training all Progressives promote (at somebody else's expense) require the statue come down? What that statue means to me is "You can get away with Mass Murder like Joseph Stalin did!" Now that would be one of those Progressive truths, encouragement they will get away with it like he did.

    5. Gary C. says:

      Leon makes a great point: what if I, as a minority of one, am offended by Stalin's statue? In this age we live in and with my sensitivities being offended, shouldn't the statue come down?

      Gary

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