The Great Purge And Was A Social Policy Of Stalin

1422 WordsDec 14, 20166 Pages
Stalin is a name everyone probably has heard at some point, most likely in a history class that you have long forgotten now. However people tend to not know that during his time as Premier of the Soviet Union he killed more people than Hitler did. This could have been through his policies or his Five year plans. Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union from 1929 to 1953 when he died. In that 24 year span he killed an estimated 50 million people (Haines) and this doesn 't include the lives lost in WW2. For some reason, it something that we do not learn in history; it is excluded from our history books. This is called the Great Purge and was a social policy of Stalin, he was collecting Jewish people though he was after opponents to his regime. Between 1934 and 1939 stalin set in a motion to have about ⅓ of the three million communist officials purged (Freedland). These people were either sent to a work camp or a gulag, put on trial where they were forced to plead guilty, or they were just executed. This was a policy of his that would secure his place in the communist party, he even went as far to have pictures of himself edited so that he wasn’t in them with certain people. Stalin also sent his son, Yakov Dzhugashvili, to the eastern front hoping he would die. He did this because Yakov was an active opponent of his father (Evans). When he was captured the Nazi’s tried ransoming him back, to which stalin said to kill him; which is what happened. Having purged the party he could
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