Conversations with Stalin

Conversations with Stalin

Milovan Djilas

Language: English

Pages: 210

ISBN: 0156225913

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A memoir by the former vice president of Yugoslavia describing three visits to Moscow and his encounters there with Stalin. Index. Translated by Michael B. Petrovich.

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me in a nearby street, and after an involved ride, we transferred into another, only to be deposited in some street of the huge city from which we then walked to a third street, where someone from the window of an enormous apartment building threw down a little key which enabled us finally to enter a spacious and luxurious apartment on the third floor. The owner of the apartment—if she was the owner—was one of those northern blonds with limpid eyes whose buxomness enhanced her beauty and

interests of the Soviet Government and state. Nor did Moscow comprehend the peculiarities of warfare in Yugoslavia. No matter how much the struggle of the Yugoslavs enheartened not only the military—who were fighting to preserve the Russian national organism from the Nazi German invasion—but official Soviet circles as well, the latter nevertheless underrated it, if only by comparing it with their own Partisans and their own methods of warfare. The Partisans in the Soviet Union were an auxiliary,

various sects would undertake the reckless destruction of the human race for the sake of its greater “happiness.” Among these Soviet officers, trained in Marxism, this idea was incidental, tucked away. But I did not forget it, nor did I regard it as being fortuitous then. Even if their consciousness had not been penetrated by the knowledge that not even the society which they were defending was free of profound and antagonistic differences, still they vaguely discerned that though man cannot live

and our people. In dungeons and in the holocaust of war, and in the no less violent spiritual crises and clashes with the internal and external foes of Communism, Stalin was something more than a leader in battle. He was the incarnation of an idea, transfigured in Communist minds into pure idea, and thereby into something infallible and sinless. Stalin was the victorious battle of today and the brotherhood of man of tomorrow. I realized that it was by chance that I personally was the first

time of the purges—the “exposé” of the political school where he was an instructor had already been published—but he took refuge with Dimitrov. Dimitrov intervened with the NKVD and made everything in order. The purges were especially hard on the Communist émigrés, those members of illegal parties who had no one to turn to except the Soviet. The Bulgarian émigrés were lucky that Dimitrov was Secretary of the Comintern and a person with such authority. He saved many of them. There was no one to

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