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TIME's 'MAN OF THE YEAR':  HITLER (1938) vs STALIN (1939)

(Excerpts - Our commentary in red italics)

Hitler (1938)
Stalin (1939)





Time's 1938 Man of the Year cover depicts a tiny Hitler playing an organ as his victims are tortured on a Medievel Wheel.

(Mind you, Europe is still at peace at this time!)

Greatest single news event of 1938 took place on September 29, when four statesmen met in Munich, to redraw the map of Europe. ........ But by all odds the dominating figure at Munich was the German host, Adolf Hitler.

(They did not "redraw the map of Europe"! Only the artificial State of "Czechoslovakia" (made up of German, Czech, and Slovak areas) was reworked. The German Sudetenland was reunited with their German brothers. The Czechs and the Slovaks got their own independent nations or protectorates out of the deal. It was a win-win-win for all parties!

Herr Hitler reaped on that day at Munich the harvest of an audacious, defiant, ruthless foreign policy he had pursued for five and a half years. He had torn the Treaty of Versailles to shreds.

("Audacious", "defiant", "ruthless", such hate filled lies and propaganda! The Munich Deal was applauded by many throughout Europe and America.)

He had rearmed Germany to the teeth—

(Not true. Hitler had only rearmed Germany only to normal levels after the Treaty of Versailles had left Germany defenseless and weak. Germany's military was still smaller than either that of Britain or France.)

He had stolen Austria before the eyes of a horrified and apparently impotent world.

("Stolen?" The merger of Germany and Austria (The Anchluss) was purely voluntary, and was approved of by 99% of the population of both Germanic states!)

The genius of free wills has been so stifled by the oppression of dictatorship that Germany's output of poetry, prose, music, philosophy, art has been meagre indeed.

(A complete falsehood. Art, literature, music, philosophy etc, flourished under Hitler, who himself was a talented artist. The only forms of "art" and "genius" that did not flourish were the filth, pornography, and "abstract" junk that had infested Germany's cultural life before Hitler took over.)

The man most responsible for this world tragedy is a moody, brooding, unprepossessing, 49-year-old Austrian-born ascetic with a Charlie Chaplin mustache. The son of an Austrian petty customs official, Adolf Hitler was raised as a spoiled child by a doting mother.

(Damn! Time goes off on Hitler's mustache and even his parents! How's that for objective journalism?) 

.....few who have studied Fascism and its leaders can envision sexless, restless, instinctive Adolf Hitler rounding out a mellow middle age in his mountain chalet at Berchtesgade.

(Sexless? Eva Braun was beautiful, and those in Hitler's inner circle knew he was intimate with the young fraulein, who he would marry at the end of the war.)

Outlawed in many German districts, the National Socialist Party nevertheless climbed steadily in membership. Time-honored Tammany Hall methods of handing out many small favors were combined with rowdy terrorism and lurid, patriotic propaganda. 

(What "Tammany Hall methods" is Time talking about? The NSDAP grew because of public disastisfaction with Germany's puppet government, combined with Hitler's positive platform for economic recovery. It was not due to bribery, or "rowdy terrorism.")

But the figure of Adolf Hitler strode over a cringing Europe with all the swagger of a conqueror. Not the mere fact that the Führer brought 10,500,000 more people (7,000,000 Austrians, 3,500,000 Sudetens) under his absolute rule....

(Austrians and Sudetenlanders adored Hitler. They were not "brought under his absolute rule.")

More significant was the fact Hitler became in 1938 the greatest threatening force that the democratic, freedom-loving world faces today....

(How did he do that? Germany had neither attacked, nor threatened anyone!)

Germany's 700,000 Jews have been tortured physically, robbed of homes and properties, denied a chance to earn a living, chased off the streets. Now they are being held for "ransom," a gangster trick through the ages. But not only Jews have suffered. Out of Germany has come a steady, ever-swelling stream of refugees, Jews and Gentiles, liberals and conservatives, Catholics as well as Protestants, who could stand Naziism no longer.

(Monstrous Lies! Though denied citizenship, Germany's Jews prospered under Hitler's resurrected economy. The only restrictions placed upon them were in the fields of journalism, politics, teaching, and banking. Only the hard core Marxists "fled" Germany. Those who were not as radical chose to stay, and went about their business as usual. The vandalism of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) was an isolated incident that occured after a Polish Jew murdered a German diplomat in cold blood.)

Germany has become a nation of uniforms, goose-stepping to Hitler's tune, where boys of ten are taught to throw hand grenades, where women are regarded as breeding machines.

(No. In Germany, boys were trained to be strong men, and girls were taught how to be women. In our present society, many boys are raised to be weak, effeminate creeps, while girls are turned into man hating, forever single or divorced sluts, devoid of true femininity, and incapable of motherhood.)

Having a hard time to provide enough bread to go round, Führer Hitler was being driven to give the German people another diverting circus.

(Complete falsehood. While America and Europe remained mired in the Great Depression, the German economy was booming! Interest free currency combined with business friendly tax policies brought unemployment down from 33% to near full employment in less than 4 years.

The situation which gave rise to this demagogic, ignorant, desperate movement was inherent in the German Republic's birth and in the craving of large sections of the politically immature German people for strong, masterful leadership.

(Time's thesaurus of hate: "Demagogic", "ignorant" , desperate", "immature")

That the German people love uniforms, parades, military formations, and submit easily to authority is no secret.

(Such Nasty insults! As though the British, French, and Americans do not "love uniforms, military formations, and submit to authority! Are you kidding? FDR was America's vitual dictator for 13 years and the Americans ate it up!)

Consistently failing to pass even the most elementary studies, he grew up a half-educated young man, untrained for any trade or profession, seemingly doomed to failure. ......But unlike the polished Frederick, Führer Hitler, whose reading has always been very limited, invites few great minds to visit him. 

("Half educated?"...."Limited reading?" Hitler was one of the most cultivated minds of the 20th century. He spent years of his youth in the Vienna library devouring the Classic works of Europe. Belgian SS General and writer Leon Degrelle knew Hitler very well. DeGrelle described Hitler's intellect as follows:

"I don't think anyone ever read as much as he (Hitler) did. He normally read one book every day, always first reading the conclusion and the index in order to gauge the work's interest for him. He had the power to extract the essence of each book and then store it in his computer-like mind. I have heard him talk about complicated scientific books with faultless precision, even at the height of the war.

His intellectual curiosity was limitless. He was readily familiar with the writings of the most diverse authors, and nothing was too complex for his comprehension. He had a deep knowledge and understanding of Buddha, Confucius and Jesus Christ, as well as Luther, Calvin, and Savonarola; of literary giants such as Dante, Schiller, Shakespeare and Goethe; and analytical writers such as Renan and Gobineau, Chamberlain and Sorel.

He had trained himself in philosophy by studying Aristotle and Plato. He could quote entire paragraphs of Schopenhauer from memory, and for a long time carried a pocket edition of Schopenhauer with him. Nietzsche taught him much about willpower.

His thirst for knowledge was unquenchable. He spend hundreds of hours studying the works of Tacitus and Mommsen, military strategists such as Clausewitz, and empire builders such as Bismarck. Nothing escaped him: world history or the history of civilizations, the study of the Bible and the Talmud, Thomistic philosophy and all the masterpieces of Homer, Sophocles, Horace, Ovid, Titus Livius and Cicero. He knew Julian the Apostate as if he had been his contemporary.

His knowledge also extended to mechanics. He knew how engines worked; he understood the ballistics of various weapons; and he astonished the best medical scientists with his knowledge of medicine and biology.

The universality of Hitler's knowledge may surprise or displease those unaware of it, but it is nonetheless a historical fact: Hitler was one of the most cultivated men of this century. Many times more so than Churchill, an intellectual mediocrity; or than Pierre Laval, who had a merely cursory knowledge of history; or than Roosevelt; or Eisenhower, who never got beyond detective novels.




Now, let's see how TIME Magazine treats the mass murderer Joseph Stalin in the following year's "Man of the Year" Issue.





Time's 1939 Man of the Year cover depicts Stalin as a strong, visionary leader. 


On the year's shortest day, 60 years ago, in Gori, near Tiflis, a son was born to a poor, hard-working Georgian cobbler named Vissarion Djugashvili. The boy's pious mother christened him Joseph, after the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.
(How touching! Was it a virgin birth too? This "nativity" verbiage is clearly an attempt to play upon the sentiments of Christian America. Speaking of Jesus, Time fails to mention that Stalin has demolished many of Russia's grandest Cathedrals and either killed or imprisoned many priests and nuns.)

But names were not to stick very long to this newest subject of the Tsar; he was to answer to Soso, Koba, David, Nijeradze, Chijikov and Ivanovich until at length he acquired the pseudonym of Stalin, Man of Steel.

(Time neglects to mention the fact that "the Man of Steel" and his Bolshevik comrades had already tortured, starved, and murdered millions of innocent men, women, and children.)

Last week, as another Dec. 21 rolled around, the little town of Gori was a mecca for 450 Russian writers, intellectuals and students sent to gather material on (Stalin's) birthplace and early surroundings. Newspapers printed sentimental poems and stories about the "little house in Gori" and latest photographs showed that it had been enclosed in an ornamental stone structure and turned into a Soviet shrine. A Tiflis motion-picture studio started filming through Historic Localities, a cinema intended to conduct the spectator through every part of the country associated with Joseph Stalin's name.
(Time leads its readers to believe that the evil dictator is universally loved. Time fails to even suggest the question of what would happen to any newspaper, writer, intellectual, or motion picture studio that chose not idolize Stalin!)

In Moscow 1,000,000 copies of President Mikhail Kalinin's biography, A Book About the Leader, were issued, while sketches by Defense Commissar Kliment E. Voroshilov and Commissar for Internal Affairs Laurentius Pavlovich Beria are soon to appear. In a twelve-page edition of Pravda.....only one column was not devoted to Joseph Stalin on his birthday morn. In an editorial called "Our Own Stalin," Pravda declared: "Metal workers of Detroit, shipyard workers of Sydney, women workers of Shanghai textile factories, sailors at Marseille, Egyptian fellahin, Indian peasants on the banks of the Ganges—all speak of Stalin with love. He is the hope of the future for the workers and peasants of the world."

(Time just quotes Soviet sources without even attempting to refute the content of their love letters to Stalin. Would the millions of people suffering in Stalin's Gulags at this time in history "speak with love of Stalin"? Time fails to even mention them!)

In his honor the Council of People's Commissars founded 29 annual first prizes of 100,000 rubles ($20,000) each for outstanding achievements in "medicine, law, science, military science, theatre, inventions, while 4,150 Stalin student scholarships were announced. The Presidium of the Supreme Soviet conferred on Stalin the Order of Lenin and gave him the title of "Hero of Socialist Labor."

In all this wordage over Comrade Stalin's 60 years of life only six-line communiqués on the progress of the Red Army in Finland were printed in the U.S.S.R. Obviously, the hammer-sickle propaganda machine preferred that Soviet citizens pay as little attention as possible to a scarcely encouraging military campaign. 

(Time makes no mention of the fact that Stalin invaded peaceful Finland with 450,000 troops! Or that the Soviet Union bombed Helsinki, killing civilians. The reader is led to assume that the warring parties are equally at fault, and that Stalin's only misdeed is in not informing his people of how badly the campaign was actually going. Nor does Time mention Stalin's brutal invasion of Poland!)

Much, however, was written about Joseph Stalin's enormous effect on world affairs in the last twelve months.

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