Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (18 December 1878 – 5 March 1953) was the Premier of the Soviet Union from 6 May 1941 until his death on 5 March 1953. Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who brought about the Russian Revolution in 1917, Stalin held the position of General Secretary of the party's Central Committee from 1922 until his death. While the office was initially not highly regarded, Stalin ... more »
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''History shows that there are no invincible armies.''Josef Stalin (1879-1953), Soviet leader. Radio broadcast, July 3, 1941, declaring war on Germany. Three weeks before Hitler invaded Russia.
''Gratitude ... is a sickness suffered by dogs.''Josef Stalin (1879-1953), Soviet leader. Quoted in Nikolai Tolstoy, Stalin's Secret War, ch. 2 (1981).
''To choose one's victims, to prepare one's plan minutely, to slake an implacable vengeance, and then to go to bed ... there is nothing sweeter in the world.''Josef Stalin (1879-1953), Soviet leader. quoted in Robert Conquest, "Lenin's Guffaw," New Republic (Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 1986). Remark to c...