"All religious ideas . . . are an unspeakable abomination:" Lenin.
"'Let God bless you with success, and with glory your great deeds for the sake of our country:" Sergei to Stalin.
The 1943 Christmas season in Moscow was the merriest since 1916the last Christmas of the old war and the old order. It was also the most solemn. The thick snow, which makes every Moscow Christmas a white Christmas, lay heavy over a capital that is the heart of a nation. And that heart, in Russia's third wartime Christmas, beat strong and steadily...