RUMANIA: Stalin & Marie

Citizens of Moscow gathered in little knots on the sidewalk near Bogoyavlenie Church, gaping in amazement last week as Orthodox dignitaries blandly celebrated a requiem high mass for the late Rumanian Dowager Queen Marie. This was accompanied by loud, priestly chanting clearly audible some distance from the church. So far as the press could learn, there has been no such honoring of royalty in Moscow since the Revolution —yet last-week the famed Communist Union of Militant Atheists took it lying down. The Secret Police kept hands off, evidently on instructions. In his youth, Joseph Stalin...

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