Death In The Kremlin: The World Responds

Beyond the Communist darkness, plain people everywhere showed their feelings plainly: surprise, relief, curiosity, apprehension. But in chancelleries, the dictates of conscience contested with the practices of diplomacy. Officially, a policy of de mortals nil nisi bonum (but not too much bonum) generally prevailed. Some responses:

United Nations delegates bowed their heads in one minute's silence and Soviet Delegate Andrei Vishinsky mourned "the most grievous loss ... for all human beings." Vishinsky, close to tears, said Stalin's name will be "immortal," and over the protests of some New Yorkers, the U.N. flag was...