Stalin and the POWs

M A Jones mark at
Sat Aug 7 11:04:59 MDT 1999

Paul Flewers wrote:

'Russians noticed that, even amid the ravages of war, foreigners had a
higher standard of living than they themselves. They were dazzled by the
amenities of life which even the vanquished still enjoyed. They
observed, not without envy, that Poles, Hungarians, Czechs and Yugoslavs
were less constrained than they themselves, that they were suffering
from fewer inhibitions in speaking their minds; in a word, that they
were enjoying a measure of freedom.'

It is clear from this that returning servicemen would wonder how and why
capitalism, for all its barbarities, could nonetheless offer certain
better things than a 'socialist' state. This does not mean that they
would become traitors, pro-capitalists or enemies of socialism, it's
just that they'd might start wanting social and political reforms. And
what's wrong with that?<<

Paul, does it occur to you (it certainly did to Deutscher) that these
allegedly superior eastern Europe states had all collapsed
unceremoniously in the face of Hitlerism? Are you able to draw
any conclusions from that?

Mark Jones

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