What with all the Christmas shopping and the New Year's merriment, we've all gone and missed the December meeting of the Stalin Society.
February 1943 saw the turning point in the fight against Nazi fascism with the Red Army victory at Stalingrad. As the fascist General, Von Paulus, surrendered the world witnessed the incredible scene of the hitherto invincible Nazi war machine being defeated by the heroic troops of the Soviet Union. Yet bourgeois historians are so falsifying our history that millions have been forced to ‘forget’ the spectacular role played by the Soviet Union in the defeat of fascism and the fact that it was made possible because of the socialist system established by the Bolsheviks and built up by Stalin for several decades.
This film, a restoration of the original Soviet movie made in 1949 with English subtitles is a valuable aid to understand our history and an appropriate tribute to Stalin as we celebrate his birth on 21 December 1879. This film is a vivid re-enactment of what happened at Stalingrad, with the script written by Nikolai Virta, and the score composed by Aram Khachaturian. It lasts for 3 hours, so please arrive on time in order not to miss any of this epic Soviet film.
We missed the 3-hour film and, of course, Comrade Hardcastles' lemon squares. Damn!