July 17, 2018

Today in History: Memo from Stalin

Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill on portico of Russian Embassy in Teheran
Today in History–August 13–the Library of Congress features a memo from Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, written on this day in 1942. Stalin drafted the memorandum to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt opposing their decision not to invade Western Europe.  Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access resources related to Stalin.

Joseph Stalin wrote a memo from America’s Library

Memo from Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (more background informationEnglish translation)

The Death of Stalin: Contemporaries Take Stock of a Dictator 50 Years Later

Internal Workings of the Soviet Union – Revelations from the Russian Archives online exhibition

Joseph Stalin image set

Mentions of Joseph Stalin in Frontline Diplomacy American Memory collection

Lenine Is Through” The Weekly Times-Record Valley City, N.D., 15 June 1922

Political cartoons

World War II teaching resources & primary source collections

World Spotlight: Russia & the former Soviet Union

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