Stalin Sculpture at D-Day Memorial Dishonors American Heroes: Join the Protest

By John Ritchie   
June 11, 2010
The despot Stalin murdered at least 20 million people.
Victims of  communism
What would the victims of communism and the D-Day heroes think?
Should a bust of mass-murderer Joseph Stalin stand right beside American heroes at the National D-Day Memorial?

For most Americans the answer is simply “no.”


However, a prestigious $50,000 bust of Stalin now stands at the newly inaugurated National D-Day Memorial located in Bedford, Virginia, in the very place where the valor, fidelity and sacrifice of American heroes is honored.

Mind-boggling, isn’t it?

In the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Lee Edwards, chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, points out that “Since the fall of the Soviet Union, statues of Joseph Stalin have been torn down all over Europe.”

Yes. Torn down. Not erected. That is why many Americans, especially war veterans, feel slapped in the face, shocked to see a memorial of Stalin erected on our own soil.

Retired Navy officer R. Stephen Bloch put it this way: “It’s a tragic time for Bedford, Va., which now is known as the town that loves Stalin more than it loves its own veterans.”

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The Wall Street JournalStalin Storms Ohama Beach
The Washington Times: Stalin bust has Virginia town red-faced

National D-Day Memorial Foundation
P.O. Box 77
Bedford, VA 24523
Toll-free: 800-351-DDAY
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+8 # Barry 2010-06-14 09:26
The world is definitely going troppo. This is the sort of thing that is so outrageous, so inconsiderate, so bad that the only excuse for the idiots responsible could be they are utterly ignorant of Stalin and his history and the history of communism. This is a perfect example of how quickly people forget unless the previous generation constantly reminds the next of its history. Someone somebody has failed miserably to keep the appalling history of communism and its leading figures before the public mind. This is the sort of collective amnesia that almost guarantees the same or similar mistakes will occur time and time again. The surprising thing today is how quickly we have almost purposely erased the lessons of history from our mind.
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+2 # Sandra Hoyt 2010-06-14 10:28
Barry said it all. I couldn't have said it any better.
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+4 # Kay 2010-06-14 13:25
I agree with Barry also.
I remember in 5th grade-a long time ago, we even got a communism book to study and had a whole semester on the Threats of Communism and what to look for, what it does... I remember everything from that semester and how scared it made me. We all need to know to NOT repeat History!
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+9 # J. D. Mackler 2010-06-14 15:45
I must be a little confused. I know Russia fought Germany in the war on the Eastern Front.

But, was Russia involved in the D-Day Invasion,
which beach did they land on, how many Russians
died on that beach? Where did they go after they landed. How many Germans did they kill after they landed?

I just don't understand why anyone would put a
bust of Stalin at a D-Day Memorial.

Maybe I'm wrong, but did anyone else who participated on the shores of France and landed on D-Day, slaughter 20 million of their own people? This alone should keep a bust of Stalin from being displayed at any D-Day Memorial.
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+4 # Jane 2010-06-14 17:19
How on earth did this happen? Who made the decision to place a statue of Stalin anywhere in this country? The man was a monster!
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+7 # Christina Greaves 2010-06-14 19:51
How could anyone have this stupid idea to put a bust of a mass-murderer no matter the place or State in America!! It´s incredible how quickly people forget the history of criminals, maybe one day someone would have the "brilliant idea" to put busts of Hitler and/or Fidel Castro!!!
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+7 # Tom 2010-06-14 21:14
Most in the U.S. aren't familiar with eastern European history from starting around 1932-33. A forced famine that Stalin forced upon Ukraine. The U.S. and other countries have considered it a genocide. The U.K. won't for certain reasons you would have to study, to find out that they turned a blind eye at what Stalin did to millions of Ukrainians, including others in the area. 7 million died in one year. That's not a typo. I own a Ukraine English news site that includes an English forum, and have set to the side a board on what happened to the millions of Ukrainians back then. My mother-in-law was a survivor, which spoke to me that even cannibalism was even performed to survive. You won't stop reading about it, once you start. As a veteran, what was done in this memorial is horrific. As a promise to the millions that died by force, I promise that if I ever go to that memorial, that bust won't be standing long, no matter the cost. Shame on you National Foundation.
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+3 # Tom 2010-06-14 21:17
I apologize. If you would like to read-up on this topic of what Stalin did to millions, which the west purposely kept quiet, go to: or then look for Holodomor Awareness board. Holodomor means "great famine."
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+12 # Dr. W J Lukaszewski 2010-06-15 10:45
Mr. McIntosh,
You and your Board have erected a monument to one who:
1. murdered more than 20,000,000 people;
2. personally signed the order to execute in the most brutal way 22,000 Polish officers in KATYN (I recommend that you see the film "KATYN" and at least get a feeling of what it was like to live and die under your hero's rule);
3. had nothing to do with Allied D-Day invasion;
4. became a co-belligerent only because Hitler, his fellow butcher of Europe, turned on him.

You and I have discussed this issue before. My impression of you after our conversation was that you are impervious to rational argument and crassly insensitive to the millions of those whom Stalin murdered and to those who, like myself, still bear the emotional and physical scars of his brutality.

Shame on you and shame all those who supported you in this ignoble project.

Dr. Witold J Lukaszewski
The Woodlands, Texas
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+4 # Anne Soukhanov 2010-06-15 15:58
The presence of the Stalin bust at a memorial supposedly conceived to honor the Allied service members who actively participated in the June 6, 1944 assault at Normandy is a national disgrace. No one should contribute a dime to this memorial in future until the Stalin bust has been removed. And that includes the allocation of any federal, state, or local tax dollars/services.
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+6 # MARIE GAFFNEY 2010-06-15 22:56
Mr. McIntosh: You are honoring a man - no, a monster - who is responsible for the murder of 20 million people. A two-faced dictator who allied himself with Hitler and then, when Hitler turned on him, changed sides to join forces with the Allies. And now, though none of his troops laid down their lives during D-Day landings, he is being glorified by the D-Day Memorial Foundation!

I suppose it only stands to reason – to appease Stalin in his lifetime, Polish troops were denied their right to participate in the WWII Victory Parade despite being the fourth largest Allied Army. And now in post-mortem, Stalin is exalted by you to look down on us – the remnant families of those he sent off to Siberia or to their deaths in Katyn.

Small wonder the Communists party in Russia, had the nerve to petition the Orthodox Church to canonize him! And should that come to pass, I’m sure you will see to it that Stalin's statue will sport a halo.
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+5 # carol dove 2010-06-16 09:51
How dare anyone place a bust of Stalin beside heroes. History shows that Stalin had a pact with Hitler to take and share Poland. Polish allies that were shot and knowingly killed by Soviets. A Nation today knows of Stalin's plans to occupy Poland. Of "Katyn" and "Polish (along with American POW's)sent to Siberia to slave and die". Regan said, "Tear down this wall" and today I say "Smash this bust". to see your hero.
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-2 # cg 2010-06-16 15:46
Retired Navy officer R. Stephen Bloch put it this way: “It’s a tragic time for Bedford, Va., which now is known as the town that loves Stalin more than it loves its own veterans.”

I can guarantee you that no one knows the sacrifices made in D-Day than the town of Bedford. It is ignorant of Ret.Ofc. Bloch to make this statement.

Regarding the bust of Stalin:
I'd rather the bust stayed and some information be made available to the contribution he made to D-Day but also the horrible acts he later did.
We should never rewrite our history otherwise we are doomed to repeat it.
People should know what Stalin did and continue to be reminded so that 20 more million do not die again.
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0 # cg 2010-06-17 13:52
I can't believe you aren't posting comments that don't agree with your story. Shameful.
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+3 # Bedford Resident 2010-06-19 22:19
I find it interesting that the President of the D-Day Foundation that was So determined that it get put up, retired right after it was put up. He has been replaced now by a new President with some background in big time historically accurate museums. Hopefully he will take it down. The Memorial was supposed to be about D-Day not WWII. This bust could bankrupt an already financially unstable memorial.
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+2 # nlicata 2010-06-21 09:05
This is a direct affront to the American people. If it is not removed do you not realize how STUPID other countries will see us?!!! Wake up America. A Stalin bust is a reflection of the people of VA, just like the mosque that will be erected at the 911 site in NY... If the people of VA do not have this statue removed, they will be making us a mockery to the world!
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+3 # anita l jones 2010-06-26 19:18
Stalin has been proven to be the murderer of the most people {including his own} in modern history, easily surpassing Hitler. The estimates are around 50 MILLION people. I hope he is suffering in hell.
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+1 # Anne Soukhanov 2011-01-21 11:23
As of January 2011, the new president of the National D-Day Memorial, Robin Reed, who had temporarily removed the Stalin bust late in 2010 to an undisclosed location along with busts of other politicians like Churchill and FDR, now says that the bust of Stalin, along with the other politicians, will be re-located at another site on the memorial's grounds and that he plans to "fast-track" it. So the fight goes on, folks: the Stalin bust should be permanently removed from the National D-Day Memorial--period. Send your charitable contributions to nonprofits that actually help people and that adhere to their mission statements and charters.
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