Throughout Communism's empire (on which the sun never sets) the faithful commemorated the 25th anniversary of Lenin's death. In Moscow, a smiling Joseph Stalin and other Communist bigwigs sat through ceremonies on the stage of the Bolshoi theater, in front of a color guard that looked strangely like a male chorus line (see cut). In Berlin, meanwhile, the anniversary was marked by an uncommon display of the new Communist sweetness & light—and a prize propaganda boner.

The day was filled with the usual trumpeting speeches hailing Lenin's memory, including a tender, hour-long radio...

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