History Stories
CATEGORY: Joseph Stalin
How Photos Became a Weapon in Stalin’s Great Purge
April 20, 2018

Stalin didn’t have Photoshop—but that didn’t keep him from wiping the traces of his enemies from the history books. Even the famous photo of Soviet soldiers raising their flag after the Battle of Berlin was altered. Read More

The Bizarre ‘Sausage War’ That Inspired Hitler
November 30, 2017

Starving Soviets couldn’t resist the smell of Finnish cooking. Read More

“God, America and Apple Pie”: The Dramatic Defection of Stalin’s Daughter
March 6, 2017

Cold War America scored a major PR coup when the only daughter of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin defected to the United States. Read More

When Stalin Was Caught Napping
June 22, 2016

Even as millions of Nazi troops massed on his border, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin remained convinced that Adolf Hitler wouldn’t betray him. Read More

The Secret Hitler-Stalin Pact
August 22, 2014

Look back at the secret agreement that set the stage for World War II. Read More

8 Historic Handshakes
June 21, 2012

Pass the Purell and explore eight of history’s most famous handshakes. Read More