Sochu Stalinovi?

PRINCETON – Hitler a Stalin byli bezohlední diktátoři, kteří páchali vraždy v obrovském měřítku. Ale přestože je nemyslitelné představit si sochu Hitlera v Berlíně či kdekoli jinde v Německu, sochy Stalina se vracejí do měst napříč Gruzií (jeho rodiště) a vztyčení jeho sochy se chystá také v Moskvě jako součást připomínky všech sovětských vůdců.

Tato odlišnost v přístupu sahá i za hranice zemí, jimž tito muži vládli. Ve Spojených státech najdete Stalinovu bustu v Národním památníku dne D ve Virginii. V New Yorku jsem nedávno večeřel v ruské restauraci, která se vyznačovala sovětskými upomínkami, servírkami v sovětských uniformách a obrazem sovětských vůdců, na němž byl výrazný právě Stalin. New York má i svůj bar KGB. Pokud vím, nenajdete v New Yorku žádnou restauraci s nacistickou tématikou ani bar Gestapo nebo SS.

Proč je tedy Stalin považován za relativně přijatelnějšího než Hitler?

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