In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand-fold in the future.
— Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
The foundation that oversees the revered site of our National D-Day Memorial, according to a New York Daily News report, has caused an outcry for including in its lineup of Allied leaders a bust of Joseph Stalin.
The Soviet dictator slaughtered more people than Adolf Hitler during his rule, provided no assistance in storming the beaches at Normandy in 1944, murdered millions of Ukrainians even before he and Hitler divided up Poland, triggered World War II in 1939, joined in marching a million Poles and Jews off to Siberia as Hitler’s ally, killed 22,000 Polish officers in the Katyn Forest, changed sides when Hitler invaded his territory, and then enslaved Eastern Europe for 50 years after casting out the retreating Germans.
In response to protestations by WWII veterans and relatives of those who fought and died in the war, the president of the foundation (the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, Inc.), William McIntosh, contended that Stalin’s bust is included with those of Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill because the Soviets “secured the eastern front and helped win the war.”
Alex Storozynski, whose father fought on D-Day as a member of a Polish Army unit, took issue with this explanation. “Given McIntosh’s logic,” he said, “should America put up a statue of Saddam Hussein because he was an ally of the U.S. in the 1980s when we supported Iraq in a war against Iran?”