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  •  It's a long way from not being a perfect man (0+ / 0-)

    to this:

    They have sung - sing now and will sing his praise - in song and story. Slava - slava - slava - Stalin, Glory to Stalin. Forever will his name be honored and beloved in all lands.

    Now picture it this way:

    They have sung - sing now and will sing his praise - in song and story. Ruhm - Ruhm - Ruhm - Hitler, Glory to Hitler. Forever will his name be honored and beloved in all lands.

    No, the person who stood up to tough odds was the survivor of the Vorkuta forced labor camp I interviewed in 1981. He had been brutally tortured by Stalin's secret police, and then sent to one of the worst penal colonies in the USSR. He personally witnessed 300 people being gunned down in 1953.

    You know, the same year Robeson was eulogizing Stalin.

    If the Democrats won't fight for me, why should I fight for them?

    by Yosef 52 on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 03:50:48 PM PST

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    •  and you are claiming (5+ / 0-)

      what exactly? That Robeson knew, or should have known about Vorkuta?  And knew you would interview a survivor?  

      Your point escapes me, sorry

      Those who hear not the music-think the dancers mad

      by Eiron on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 03:56:01 PM PST

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      •  Eiron, as I pointed out, there were important (1+ / 0-)
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        pieces of evidence available about Stalin's barbarism IN THE NINETEEN THIRTIES. Yes, Robeson should have known (at least in general) about these things. And as for the point about the Vorkuta survivor...you utterly and completely don't get it, so why should I even try?

        If the Democrats won't fight for me, why should I fight for them?

        by Yosef 52 on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 04:32:36 PM PST

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        •  There was evidence (2+ / 0-)
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          of fascist Germany persecution of german Jewry in the '30s , as well.  What did elected, empowered, informed national leader do?

          Robeson, was a big opponent of Fascist Germany and a supporter of the cause of Jewish persecution in Europe.  He donated proceeds from his concerts to European jewry.  

          He was right about that, and wrong about Stalin.  Call it a draw.  But folks weren't rushing to support civil rights for African Americans, while Soviet Russia proclaimed civil equality, and the US practiced Jim Crow.

          Those who hear not the music-think the dancers mad

          by Eiron on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 05:04:55 PM PST

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    •  i wasn't aware (4+ / 0-)
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      that we could only admire one person at a time.  I thought we could admire many people, for many different actions, and for many different reasons.  And last I heard a person didn't have to be perfect to be admired either.

      I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

      by JustJennifer on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 04:19:36 PM PST

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