COMMUNISTS: A Son of the Bourgeoisie

In Moscow last week 68-year-old Joseph Stalin, his eyes filled with tears, buried one man who might have been his successor. Politburo Member and Cominform Boss Andrei Alexandrovich Zhdanov died of arteriosclerosis in his 53rd year.

A son of the bourgeoisie (his father was a minor Czarist official), Zhdanov had spent his life fighting his father's kind. Historians would remember that he had been a leading advocate of the Hitler-Stalin pact, that he had sparked the 1939-40 war against Finland, directed the defense of Leningrad against the German invasion, conducted the ideological...

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