This source is a newspaper showing how famines have risen during Stalin’s rule. The newspaper. The main title clearly states that “six million perish in soviet famine”. The sub-title states that “peasants’ crops seized, they and their animals starve”. This just show that the famines have caused many deaths in the Soviet Union, and it is so severe that even animals are dying. From contextual knowledge, I know that since the farms were owned by the state, the farmers could not keep their crops. Thus, this source shows that people suffered under Stalin’s rule, and hence leads me to think that Stalin was not a savior of the USSR.
This source is a video which summarizes what happened to the people when Stalin was in power. In the video, it is said that people lost their personal freedom and from contextual knowledge, I know that people were often forced to work long hours, with little time off and under poor conditions. This shows that people were suffering under Stalin’s rule, thus there was a fall in the standard of living. People were forced to do everything, thus leading me to believe that Stalin was not a savior of the USSR.
This source is a picture which shows a man in a labor camp with very tattered clothes during the period when Stalin was in power. From contextual knowledge, I know that anybody who showed anti-Stalin sentiments could be arrested and could be sent to labor camps. This shows that anybody who did not seem to support Stalin would be punished, which seems irrational. Hence, this leads me to believe that many people were not supportive of Stalin and many people died when Stalin was in power. Thus, this leads me to think that Stalin was not a savior of the USSR.
This source show Stalin pouring a bucket of “red propaganda” onto a globe, which signifies the world. The “red propaganda” signifies that Stalin plans to use propaganda to take over the world. So, he first has to start with the USSR and eventually, he will move up to taking over the world. Thus, this leads me to believe that Stalin only wanted to take over Russia for the power that comes with it, and hence leads me to believe Stalin was not a savior of the USSR.
This source shows different people who admit that they’re already guilty. The judge is Stalin, which seems to signify that Stalin already decided that those people were already decided to be guilty by Stalin. From contextual knowledge, I know that Stalin would publicly execute anyone who was suspected to be a supporter of Trotsky or anyone who was thought to be conspiring with Stalin. Thus, this leads me to believe that Stalin was not a savior of the USSR.
This source shows the number of people that Stalin has purged , with some of these people including engineers, scientists, administrators and commanders and officers from the Red Army. From contextual knowledge, I know that with so many people executed, the strength of the country was greatly affected. Thus, this leads me to believe that because Stalin did this, the USSR was greatly affected and hence, I think Stalin was not a savior of the USSR.
In conclusion, I think that with Stalin in power, many people were affected with their freedom limited and a lot of people starved. Stalin also tried to take over using propaganda and with his mass executions, the whole USSR was affected. Thus, this leads me to think that Stalin was not the right person to lead the USSR , and so I think Stalin was not a savior of the USSR.