This source is a picture about the scene in a show trial. The picture shows accusers confessing of their crime. However, those aren’t that true. Stalin forces those who are not loyal to him to confess that they are planning of overthrowing the government so that Stalin can execute them with reason legally. He even made the reporters believe that what the accusers said all true so that they can publish it in their newspaper. It also helped to boost his reputation as the public would think that he impartial and an excellent leader. This source was chosen because it shows how Stalin uses his power to execute people he don’t like while making it look legal. This source shows that Stalin is not beneficial for the USSR.
This source shows a propaganda that tells the others that Stalin is a savior of the USSR. The poster shows words “his word and teachings”. He was also portrayed in a very friendly manner, donned ordinary clothing. This type of posters boost Stalin’s status and discredit his rivals as disloyal counter-revolutionaries. It built up his image that the others view him as and made others think that he is the father to the people and everyone look up to him. This source is chosen as it shows how Stalin was portrayed during his rule and how people think about him. This source shows that Stalin cared about his own reputation and power thus misleading the public that he is the savior of the USSR.
This source is a video about the usage of show trials and the reason behind using it. The video also featured an example on how Stalin uses show trial to execute people, that he think are enemy. Nikolai Bukharin helped Stalin to come to power however his was dare to criticize Stalin of his work, because of this he was isolated in his kremlin flat with his wife. Then after that he was tried in public show trials. It was all about false evidence and accusations. They even made Bukharin confess about how he was planning to overthrow the government. Stalin made the execution of Bukharin seems so legal and fair. He even made the reporters believe that what Bukharin said was true. This source was chosen because it shows how Stalin uses his power to execute people he don’t like while making it look legal. This source shows that Stalin is not beneficial for the USSR.
This source features a picture of the “Great Pyramid” This source shows many skulls forming the pyramid showing that the death was very high due to the lack of food and poor standard of living. Stalin wants the nation to move towards industrialization thus people moved to the cities to live. However, the government does not allow the people to simply build their own house or buy the land. They were all controlled by the state. Thus many have to live in cramped places with poor facilities. Thus diseases were spread and cause many to die. Famine also another problem. There were not enough food to feed the people and yet the government sell it to other countries in exchange for industrial machinery and developments causing many to starve to death. This source was chosen as it shows many aspect of how the death occurs. This source shows that Stalin is not beneficial for the USSR.
This source shows three posters on the wall and two children walking past it looking terrified. The posters featured words like “He knows when you are asleep” and “he knows when u are awake” this words instill fear and terror in the nation. The people lived in fear everyday afraid of being judge by the informers. If they were judge wrongly, they would be arrested and put to the forced labour camp. Stalin controls everything from holiday trips to housing, all of it were allocated by Stalin. Everyone was so afraid to be judge poorly, life back then was a fearful one. This source was chosen as it shows how powerful Stalin was and everyone was living in fear not sure when it will be their turn to be arrested. This source shows that Stalin is not beneficial for the USSR.
This picture features a newspaper article from a newspaper back then. This newspaper article shows the impact that Stalin has brought to the peasants. The picture shows animals lying down on the ground, died and the girl at the left looking lost ad hungry due to the fact that they do not have enough food to eat , thus showing the poor decision that Stalin has made- selling the food to other country instead of feeding his own people. This source is chosen as it tells us how the other world views Stalin and it is also more fair as most newspaper publisher were controlled by Stalin thus it won't be reliable. This source shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial for the USSR as the peasants were not well-fed.
Stalin was portrayed as a very paranoid person. He was always afraid that the people around him will do harm to him. Thus coming up with all the ideas on how to prevent it - terror and show trials. However this cause the people to be very afraid. He killed all the people that was actually very loyal to him, what he had done was very cruel and relentless. He did not take the welfare of the people into consideration thus he is not a saviour of USSR.