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Joseph Stalin's Death...



Item # 584747

March 6, 1953

LEOMINSTER DAILY ENTERPRISE, Massachusetts, March 6, 1953 

* Russian Premier, Joseph Stalin's death

This 14 page newspaper has a five column headline on the front page: "Stalin's Body Removed To The Hall of Columns To Lie In State" with subheads and photo of Stalin (see images).

Other news of the day including sports and advertisements. Issue is in good condition.

wikipedia notes: Joseph Stalin (born as Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili ) (December 18, 1878 – March 5, 1953) was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. During that time he established the regime now known as Stalinism. As one of several Central Committee Secretariats, Stalin's formal position was originally limited in scope, but he gradually consolidated power and became the de facto party leader and dictator of the Soviet Union.

Stalin launched a command economy in the Soviet Union, forced rapid industrialization of the largely rural country and collectivization of its agriculture by confiscating the lands of farmers, who Stalin derogatorily referred to as "kulaks" - millions of whom were brutally murdered, exiled to Siberia, or died of starvation after their land, homes, meager possessions, and ability to earn an existence from the land were taken to fulfill Stalin's vision of massive "factory farms." While the Soviet Union transformed from an agrarian economy to a major industrial powerhouse in a short span of time, millions of people died from hardships and famine that occurred as a result of the severe economic upheaval and party policies. At the end of 1930s, Stalin launched the Great Purge, a major campaign of political repression. During the continued repressions in the country under Stalin millions of people who were a threat to the Soviet politics or suspected of being such a threat were executed or exiled to Gulag labor camps in remote areas of Siberia or Central Asia. A number of ethnic groups in Russia were forcibly resettled for political reasons.

Although during Stalin's rule, the Soviet Union played a major role in the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Second World War (1939–1945), Stalin is also credited with starting World War II by entering into a secret agreement with Nazi Germany to carve up the nation of Poland, as part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939 which led to the Soviet Union's invasion of Poland from the east later that same year, following Nazi Germany's invasion of western Poland. Under Stalin's leadership, the Soviet Union went on to achieve recognition as one of just two superpowers in the post-war era, a status that lasted for nearly four decades after his death until the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

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