With World War II beginning to affect the entire globe, the Soviet Union has found itself within the center of attention. Going all the way back to January of 1933 when Hitler comes into power in Germany, a theme of discontent begins with his actions of re-armoring the nation: ultimately an attempt to right the alleged wrongs that are committed onto Germany after WWI. Hitler's disruptive behavior continues over the next few years, with little or no repercussions by neighboring nations. His attempts to remilitarize the Rhineland in 1936, annex Austria in 1938, and dismember Czechoslovakia later in 1938 are all appeased by Britain and France.
[...] The New York Times' article, “1942 Victory Cry Placards Moscow,” displays how strong of a grasp Joseph Stalin has on the public's beliefs and ideas, filling their minds with the thought that they will benefit from a Soviet victory against Germany. The article, “1942 Victory Cry Placards Moscow,” begins by stating how Moscow is decorated with red banners and bunting. The banners read: War Must Be Decided in (The New York Times, 22) The streets of Moscow are filled with celebration and a holiday atmosphere. [...]
[...] The Soviet's would have probably lost if it were not for these mistakes: him interfering with important military tasks and ignoring important advantages. (Kort, The Soviet Colossus, 252) This is also true for Stalin. In fact, the only general that survives his purges is the general that ultimately saves the nation: Georgi Zhukov. In mid-1942, Hitler attempts to conquer the city of Stalingrad in an act of symbolic domination. Stalin decides to draw them into the city, fighting the battle door to door. [...]
[...] Stalin's purges, as well as pouring money and food into Germany for almost two years, has taken a toll on a nation that is already strained. In fact, during the initial days of the split between Hitler and Stalin, Hitler's troops march past trains full of supplies heading to Germany from the Soviet Union. (Varat, Team Lecture) The little food that is present is not even being contained within the nation. Jointly, the collective farms lack the impressive results Stalin insists on. [...]
[...] “1942 Victory Cry Placards Moscow” shows his iron grip on the entire society. The article's main theme, at first glance, seems to be the announcement and promotion of the upcoming battles, gaining support and raising morale among the public. However, a closer view uncovers an ulterior motive that is certainly present. The reader's focus is on the battle with the Germans, while Stalin is focusing on the massacres against his own people. He uses such distractions to his advantage, resulting in his ease to murder millions upon millions of innocent people. [...]
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