Archives: August 21, 1994

Needed: A Tender Heart

On December 12, 1938, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin signed 30 lists of death sentences. Yet on that very night the callous tyrant went to his personal theater and watched two comedies. Stalin’s biographer, Dmitri Volkogonov, wonders how any human being could have a heart so hardened that he could smile and laugh after commanding the killing of some 5,000 victims, many of whom he knew personally.