But what does it matter to those who died what Stalinism developed into? What does it matter to the dead and their families whether they were starved for being kulaks, shot for writing \”nationalist\” literature, thus impeding inevitable progress to socialist utopia, or killed for being Slavs and resisting the Nazis, thus making way for a perfect racial empire? It is surely less important why people were killed, than that they were killed. The fact that the apparent aim of Stalin\’s terrors – the socialist utopia – seems nobler to some than Hitler\’s vision of racial perfection, can offer no solace to those terrorised.
The joy today of course is reading such sentiments in The Guardian.