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Subject: A staunch Stalanist

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Date Posted: Thursday, January 24, 08:07:24pm
In reply to: Singer- actor 's message, "Archive: Paul Robeson, Jan. 23, 1976" on Thursday, January 24, 06:35:05pm

In 1952, Robeson was awarded the Stalin Peace Prize. In April 1953, shortly after Joseph Stalin's death he wrote a eulogy entitled To You Beloved Comrade,[31] in the New World Review, in which he praised Stalin's "deep humanity," "wise understanding," and dedication to peaceful co-existence with all peoples of the world calling him "wise and good." He also praised Stalin as a man that the world was fortunate to have for daily guidance: "Through his [Stalin's] deep humanity, by his wise understanding, he leaves us a rich and monumental heritage."[32]

Robeson's comments of praise were made prior to Nikita Khrushchev's 1956 "Secret Speech" at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union regarding Stalin's purges. Though Robeson would continue to praise the USSR throughout his life, he would neither publicly denounce nor praise Stalin personally following Khrushchev's 1956 revelations.[11] Many historians, Robeson scholars and advocates feel that his statements about Stalin and the Peace Prize itself are routinely used out of historical context to defame or disparage his legacy by his critics.[33] In turn, many critics and historians feel the eulogy and prize are solid proof of his being a "hard line Stalinist."

All Robeson cared about was how blacks were treated by the Soviets. He didn't give a damn about the tens of millions who were murdered.

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