Victory Speech

J.V. Stalin

Date: May 9, 1945
Source: Thirty Years of the Soviet State Calendar, published by Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, 1947
Transcription/HTML: Mike B. for MIA, 2008
Public Domain: Marxists Internet Archive (2008). You may freely copy, distribute, display and perform this work; as well as make derivative and commercial works. Please credit “Marxists Internet Archive” as your source.

COMRADES! FELLOW COUNTRYMEN AND COUNTRYWOMEN! The great day of victory over Germany has arrived. Fascist Germany, forced to her knees by the Red Army and the troops of our Allies, has admitted defeat and has announced her unconditional surrender.

On May 7 a preliminary act of surrender was signed in Rheims. On May 8, in Berlin, representatives of the German High Command, in the presence of representatives of the Supreme Command of the Allied troops and of the Supreme Command of the Soviet troops, signed the final act of surrender, which came into effect at 24 hours on May 8.

Knowing the wolfish habits of the German rulers who regard treaties and agreements as scraps of paper, we have no grounds for accepting their word. However, this morning, the German troops, in conformity with the act of surrender, began en masse to lay down their arms and surrender to our troops. This is not a scrap of paper. It is the actual capitulation of the armed forces of Germany. True, one group of German troops in the region of Czechoslovakia still refuses to surrender, but I hope the Red Army will succeed in bringing it to its senses. We now have full grounds for saying that the historic day of the final defeat of Germany, the day of our people’s great victory over German imperialism, has arrived.

The great sacrifices we have made for the freedom and independence of our country, the incalculable privation and suffering our people have endured during the war, our intense labours in the rear and at the front, laid at the altar of our motherland, have not been in vain; they have been crowned by complete victory over the enemy. The age-long struggle of the Slavonic peoples for their existence and independence has ended in victory over the German aggressors and German tyranny.

Henceforth, the great banner of the freedom of the peoples and peace between the peoples will fly over Europe.

Three years ago Hitler publicly stated that his task included the dismemberment of the Soviet Union and the severance from it of the Caucasus, the Ukraine, Byelorussia, the Baltic and other regions. He definitely said: “We shall destroy Russia so that she shall never be able to rise again.” This was three years ago. But Hitler’s insane ideas were fated to remain unrealized — the course of the war scattered them to the winds like dust. Actually, the very opposite of what the Hitlerites dreamed of in their delirium occurred. Germany is utterly defeated. The German troops are surrendering. The Soviet Union is triumphant, although it has no intention of either dismembering or destroying Germany.

Comrades! Our Great Patriotic War has terminated in our complete victory. The period of war in Europe has closed. A period of peaceful development has been ushered in.

Congratulations on our victory, my dear fellow countrymen and countrywomen!

Glory to our heroic Red Army, which upheld the independence of our country and achieved victory over the enemy!

Glory to our great people, the victor people!

Eternal glory to the heroes who fell fighting the enemy and who gave their lives for the freedom and happiness of our people!

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The Katyn Massacre

Presentation made to the Stalin Society by Ella Rule

Stalin Society | February 17, 2016

At the end of the First World War, the boundary between Russia and Poland was settled as being along a line which became known as the Curzon line – Lord Curzon being the British statesman who had proposed it.

This demarcation line was not to the liking of the Poles, who soon went to war against the Soviet Union in order to push their borders further eastward. The Soviet Union counter-attacked and were prepared not only to defend themselves but, against Stalin’s advice, to liberate the whole of Poland. Stalin considered such an aim to be doomed to failure because, he said, Polish nationalism had not yet run its course. The Poles were determined NOT to be liberated so there was no point in trying. Hence the Poles put up fierce resistance to Soviet advances. Ultimately the Soviet Union was forced to retreat and even cede territory to the east of the Curzon line to Poland. The areas in question were Western Byelorussia and the western Ukraine – areas populated overwhelmingly by Byelorussians and Ukrainians respectively rather than by Poles. The whole incident could not but exacerbate the mutual dislike of the Poles and the Russians.

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104 Years Ago: The October Revolution in Pictures

IN PICTURES: The Bolsheviks seized the Winter Palace 104 years ago in 1917, paving the way for the establishment of the world’s first socialist state. This piece was published by the teleSUR on November 06, 2017.

A brilliant Marxist theorist and politician, Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin galvanized support among workers and peasants.
A BRILLIANT MARXIST THEORIST AND POLITICIAN, BOLSHEVIK LEADER VLADIMIR LENIN GALVANIZED SUPPORT AMONG WORKERS AND PEASANTS.PHOTO:WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Under the revolutionary leadership of Vladimir Lenin, the Petrograd Soviet, the Bolshevik Red Guards and masses of workers occupied and seized government buildings on Nov. 7, 1917, decisively taking the Winter Palace and toppling the Provisional Government.

Although the February Revolution had ousted the hated Tsarist monarchy, the Provisional Government that took over was incapable of meeting the needs of the people for “Peace, Bread and Land,” leading Lenin to argue for its ouster as well.

The armed, but nearly bloodless insurrection, paved the way for the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the world’s first socialist state.

Immediately after taking power, the new revolutionary government held elections for a constituent assembly and began the process of nationalizing private property and industry to build socialism in what had only months before been a semi-feudal society.

The Petrograd Soviet and Bolshevik Red Guards, backed by workers, stormed the Winter Palace, taking it without much difficulty.
THE PETROGRAD SOVIET AND BOLSHEVIK RED GUARDS, BACKED BY WORKERS, STORMED THE WINTER PALACE, TAKING IT WITHOUT MUCH DIFFICULTY. PHOTO:WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
The Winter Palace was taken with little violence.
THE WINTER PALACE WAS TAKEN WITH LITTLE VIOLENCE. PHOTO:WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Bolshevik Women
BOLSHEVIK WOMEN’S BATTALION STANDS GUARD AFTER THE WINTER PALACE WAS SEIZED. PHOTO:WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Faced with impending defeat, the last guards of the Winter Palace under the Provisional Government stand watch.
FACED WITH IMPENDING DEFEAT, THE LAST GUARDS OF THE WINTER PALACE UNDER THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT STAND WATCH. PHOTO:WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Workers gathering outside the Winter Palace.
WORKERS GATHERING OUTSIDE THE WINTER PALACE. PHOTO:WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
A Bolshevik Red Guard unit in 1917.
A BOLSHEVIK RED GUARD UNIT IN 1917. PHOTO:WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

SOURCE: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/multimedia/100-Years-Ago-The-October-Revolution-in-Pictures-20171030-0022.html

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WOMEN’S STRUGGLE 

On 5th Anniversary of First Women Workers’ and Peasants’ Congress

J. V. Stalin

Woman image in Soviet propaganda, poster 19

Written:1923;
Published: Women and Communism, Lawrence & Wishart, London, 1950;
Transcribed and HTML Markup: Sally Ryan.

Marxists Internet Archive

It is five years since the Central Committee of our Party convened in Moscow the All-Russian women workers’ and peasants’ congress. Over a thousand delegates, representing one million working women, gathered for the congress. This congress was a landmark in the work of our Party among working women. The incalculable service rendered by this congress was to lay the foundation for the organisation of the political education of our Republic’s women workers and peasants.

Some may think that there is nothing out of the ordinary in this, since the Party has always carried out political education among the masses, including women, or it may be thought that the political education of women can have no real importance since we shall soon have united worker and peasant cadres. Such opinions are fundamentally incorrect.Read More »