Capitalist Propaganda, Soviet Union, Uncategorized

Following The Footnotes: Debunking Stalins Supposed “heart of stone”

The bourgeoisie turns everything into a commodity, hence also the writing of history. It is part of its being, of its condition for existence, to falsify all goods: it falsified the writing of history. And the best — paid historiography is that which is best falsified for the purposes of the bourgeoisie.

-Engels, History of Ireland

I came across a comment on the internet regarding Com. Joseph Stalin having a “heart of stone”. Here is the full quote beneath a picture of him at the funeral of his first wife.

“This creature softened my heart of stone. She died and with her died my last warm feelings for humanity.”

One of Stalins favourite films afterall was Circus 1 (released in 1936 while his first wife died in 1907) – about a mixed raced boy (black) born to an American who finds acceptance in the USSR.

The films ending is the boy lovingly passed around a group of Soviets who sing him a lullaby in their national languages. It’s a touching and beautiful film and seems a strange choice for a man who supposedly lost all his “last warm feelings for humanity”.

Googling the quote took me to here

The reference is Montefiore, Simon Sebag (2007), Young Stalin, London: Phoenix, ISBN 978-0-297-85068-7

So I check the Simon Motefiores Wiki and this is the information I obtained regarding the historian who wrote the book this quote contains.

Simon Montefiore was born in London.

Montefiore worked as a banker, a foreign affairs journalist, and a war correspondent covering the conflicts during the fall of the Soviet Union.

Montefiore’s last non-fiction book The Romanovs 1613–1918 (2016) was accused of containing several historical errors by well-known Swedish historian Dick Harrison.

So having ascertained that the author is a literal banker…. Nonetheless I obtained this book and found the passage where this is cited.

As you can see. There are no references for each individual instance that Simon Motefiores is referring to. Instead we are greeted with a reference at the end of 2 pages.

As we can see this is a lengthy block of text and improperly cited. This is the sort of history that would fail a high school student. After 2 pages we get a reference number

The reference reads

The reference itself is terrible. It contains many references from different places. We have no way of knowing exactly what piece of history is contained in what.

Grover Furr long expressed the view that most historians today are propagandists with footnotes. He likened the way they tell their history to that of the shellgame. They make a statement but their footnote does not match what they say. Instead you are led on a merry goose chase usually to another author who references something else. Without access to these many different archives I decided to email Professor Grover Furr whos extensive knowledge of Soviet history would no doubt have had him come across the archives that Simon is referring to.

Montefiore is completely unreliable, in all his works on Stalin.

Moreover, he organizes his “footnotes” so that it is impossible to discern precisely what he bases his statements on.

No researcher takes his stuff seriously, not even the anti-Stalin researchers.

This statement comes from Iremashvili, who knew Stalin as a child and became ferociously anticommunist.

Trotsky says that he became “somewhat of a National Socialist.” Must be true, since he got “political asylum” in Berlin, where he died in 1944.

Some anti-Stalinists call his memoir “valuable.” That’s nonsense, of course. Iremashvili shows no hint of objectivity, without which no account is worthless.

I hope this is useful to you.

Grover Furrs response to explaining my predicament in chasing down this particular piece of information.

So we see the end of this rumour is Iremashvili who is somewhat of a nazi. But even if Iremashvili was not “somewhat a nazi” it is fallacious in itself. Only evidence is evidence. Joseph Stalin was the leader of a country that under his leadership he lifted to be the worlds 2nd super power. That old saying that Stalin found Russia with a plough and left it a nuclear armed super power couldn’t be more true. It’s why he enjoys a 70 percent approval rating in Russia. 2

When the Bolsheviks came to power they took an immense territory, markets and labour force away from the capitalists. They executed Tsar Nichola II, deservedly for crimes against his people and for ruining the Russian nation it’s worth pointing out that Tsar Nicholas II was the cousin of England’s King George. Under Stalin’s leadership the beaten and backwater of Europe became immensely powerful. Their anti-racism, propaganda and assistance to national liberation movements worldwide largely helped end the British empire.

King George with Tsar Nicholas II. Britains anticommunist hysteria and ridiculous anticommunist propaganda can largely be linked to the old royal families that used to rule over Europe like one big club 3

Churchill, himself a racist mass murdered who committed genocide4, wanted to strangle bolshevism in it’s crib. When asked about the people he was starving he was to flippantly reply

“People started dying and Churchill said well it’s all their fault anyway for breeding like rabbits. He said ‘I hate the Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion’.” 5

But this murderer is on the British five pound note. So while Barnes and Noble and Waterstones can pump out a steady stream of anti-communist propaganda painting socialist leaders they do so using historiography that includes rumours and he said/she said.

It’s just a coincidence that this antiCommunist propaganda gets written by literal bankers and state affiliates (as a foreign affairs ‘journalist’).

One has to wonder about the book reviews of a book that would come out on Winston Churchill filled to the brim of non-falsifiable information and rumours.

The entire Western press would (rightly) dismiss it as nonsense and rumour mongering.

The shoddy works that come out on Stalin or Mao or Castro however (despite their overwhelming popularity in their respective countries) are never afforded history works that would as so much pass a high school test.


  1. RT, Black in the USSR, Oct 2020
  2. Moscow Times, Stalin’s Approval Rating Among Russians Hits Record High – Poll, April 2019
  4. in 1943, up to four million Bengalis starved to death when Churchill diverted food to British soldiers and countries such as Greece while a deadly famine swept through Bengal. The Independent, Winston Churchill has as much blood on his hands as the worst genocidal dictators, claims Indian politician,September 2017
  5. Ibid

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