Bust of Stalin on display at Virginia D-Day monument

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Josef Stalin was not a nice man. And that’s putting it mildly.

In fact, the dictator who ruled the Soviet Union with an iron fist for three decades until his death in 1953 is rightly regarded as one of the three most evil, bloody-handed dictators in world history. Standing beside Mao Zedong of Communist China and Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany, it would be difficult to rank one more evil than the other.

All three have the blood of millions upon millions of innocent lives on their hands, all in pursuit of their own narcissistic goals of power.

But there’s one thing that can’t be ignored, and that’s the fact that, were it not for Stalin and the punishing attacks the Red Army inflicted on Nazi Germany during World War II, Hitler may very well have conquered the world.

Stalin’s back in the news after last week’s dedication of a statue of the dictator at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. Lynchburg College art professor and sculptor Richard Pumphrey created a bust of the dictator for the memorial. It’s part of an installation of busts of the Allied leaders: Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Harry Truman....

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