With Heavy Hearts We Announce Stalin is dead!


March 6, 1953, the Soviet Union announced that Comrade Stalin had died the day before. The address that was given to the Central Committee and to all working people of the Soviet Union highlighted the greatness of Stalin. It was a great piece of work politically; it showcased all the great things that the party and Stalin did for Russia. The address was a look at what we did for you the people more than it was were so sorry Stalin died. The address made over Stalin death was a very easy way to thank Stalin for what he did and to push the party forward. The change of power was under way.

In the wake of Stalin’s death, the funeral in Moscow ended up being deadly for the thousands that flock to see a glimpse of the great Stalin. The mobs of people became too much and a small girl ended up getting crushed.  The people screamed, “Form chains! Form chains!” while people where being crushed and mangled in the confusion in the crowed. I think the want to see the simple Soviet man as one spectator called it, was a huge reason why so many people in Moscow where in an upheaval at his funeral. It is ironic that with how many people died by the hands of Stalin that even his funeral people died. A fitting way to end his regime, don’t you think?


In the end Stalin can never be erased from Soviet history his influence defined what Soviet Russia was. As the address stated, “The immortal name of STALIN will live forever in the hearts of the Soviet people and all progressive mankind.” The hearts of the workers and the collective farmers could never forget Stalin and the party for everything they did to them. This chapter of Soviet history is done. Lenin last brother in arms is gone and Russia will look to form a new chapter for the Communist party.







5 thoughts on “With Heavy Hearts We Announce Stalin is dead!

  1. Your comment about the irony about the death of Soviet subjects under Stalin’s rule and at the place of his death was such an astute observation. I was surprised by the turnout of Stalin’s funeral. I thought it would be mostly members of higher echelons of society to participate in his funeral but the fact that “common” people came out in such huge numbers is quite shocking to me.

  2. I was also surprised at how much love he got from the common people at his funeral. While reading it seemed like most common people were affected negatively by collectivization and Stalin’s man-made famine. It doesn’t seem like he would have been so beloved by these people. Maybe that speaks to how well he covered up his acts and was able to shove blame on to other people, or maybe it was more just because he was this huge personality that had led the nation in a whole new revolutionary direction, and for better or worse he had achieved a celebrity status throughout the Soviet Union.

  3. The amount of love he received from the common people while shocking because of his actions during his entire reign is not entirely surprising though. Stalin stopped the Nazis who almost all the Soviets saw as some sort of force that would not only bring an end to Communism, but possibly to the end of life as they knew it. His methods were horrific and the changes he implemented into the country deadly in any sense, but at the same time they did bring economic growth to Russia in a way that it could never do so during the 19th century and even just that minimal improvement, plus the title he helped earned the USSR of Superpower most likely helped him get this high status even in death.

  4. I think it would greatly improve your post if you utilized the Current Digest of the Russian Press. I really liked your use of the official address after Stalin’s death to show how the government wanted to respond to it, and I think it would be interesting to see whether or not the Soviet press mirrored this point of view. Since the government controlled the press, it is likely that the same sentiments from the address would be present in the articles you would find in the database. Perhaps, if you decided to rework this post, you could add this aspect into it.

  5. To be one of the most sinister leaders the world has known and still have a turn out like this at his funeral is shacking to me. Yes he did stop the Nazis offensive in the east giving him a god like image. Yet his crime against his own citizens were just as bad. I think the people showed up the the funeral out of some sense of fear that if they didn’t show the government would see them as unfaithful and punish them. The deaths of the citizens at his funeral just show that death follows Stalin everywhere.

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