On the day in history …

61 years ago today, one of the most evil men in human history died.

Had he died 25 years earlier, tens of millions of lives would have been saved, not least the estimated 10 million Ukrainians who perished in the Holdomir, the man-made famine promoted by Stalin and his allies in the Politburo.

74 years ago today, Stalin signed the order for the murder of an estimated 40,000 Polish officers held in camps in the Katyn Forest.

Why is it so hard to recognize evil? Why is it that cultural icons such a Pete Seeger – a devout Stalinist in his day – are accorded honor?

Not everyone was so blind.

68 years ago today, Winston Churchill spoke at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri


About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at http://peasantsandjews.org. Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). http://www.dolchstosslegende.com. I also invite you to visit my profession web page at http://georgevascik.org.
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