Since his death in 1953 Joseph Stain has been both hailed as a champion of the proletarian revolution and denounced as tyrant.
Since his death in 1953 Joseph Stain has been both hailed as a champion of the proletarian revolution and denounced as tyrant. On the one hundredth anniversary of his birth (21 December) most communist parties of Eastern Europe afforded him favourable commentaries at the same time as pointing out his mistakes.
By far the warmest tribute to Joseph Stalin came from the Albanian leadership.
SYNOPSIS: While the Soviet communist party newspaper, Pravda, was accusing Joseph Stalin of mass repression during his 31 year reign over the Soviet Union, leaders in the Albanian capital of Tirana were applauding his leadership.
First secretary of the Albanian Party of Labour, Enver Hoxha had declared before this commemorative meeting of the party's central committee that Stalin was a man of principle just, modest and considerate.
Secretary of the Central Committee, hekuran Isai, officially declared the meeting open and was followed by another member of the ruling Political Bureau, Ramiz Alia who referred to Stalin as a great inspiration and banner of struggle for all revolutionaries. He attacked Nikita Khrushev's 1956 denunciation of Stalin as revisionism that blackened the magnificent victories of the Bolshevik Party and Soviet people under Stalin's leadership.
Ramiz Alia also covered the dispute between Stalin and the Chinese leader Mao Tsetung the role played by the Soviet Union during World War Two under Stalin's leadership.
He finished by praising Albania for its continued defence of Stalin and declared that the Soviet leader had always been a great friend of the Albanian people.