Norman M. Naimark


On his book Stalin’s Genocides

Cover Interview of November 02, 2010


Since the fall of the Soviet Union and the opening of some materials on Stalin’s life, there has been an ongoing reevaluation of Stalin’s role in the history of the Soviet Union—indeed of his role in the history of the modern world.  This process of reevaluation has special importance for the present and future of the Russian Federation.

Even the President of Russia, Dmitri Medvedev, has called for an end to making excuses for Stalin’s mass killing of Soviet citizens.  It is my hope that this book will contribute in a small way to sharpening our vision of Stalin’s crimes, and putting them into the larger context of the history of genocide in the 20th Century.

© 2010 Norman Naimark