November 28, 2011

"People say, 'Stalin's daughter, Stalin's daughter,' meaning I'm supposed to walk around with a rifle and shoot the Americans."

"Or they say, 'No, she came here. She is an American citizen.' That means I'm with a bomb against the others. No, I'm neither one. I'm somewhere in between. That 'somewhere in between' they can't understand."

Josef Stalin's daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, AKA Lana Peters, dead... in Wisconsin.

18 comments:

edutcher said...

In Madison. And you never told us.

I remember the stir when she defected. Anyone who's heard of her home life with Dad understands why she got out.

Wally Kalbacken said...

Her pappy was a bad mutha...shut your mouth!

purplepenquin said...

Now I understand why edutcher feels the way he does about the Madison protests...this is his only source for information about our fair city.

:D

garage mahal said...

In Madison. And you never told us

If you had read the link you would have seen a great big bolded headline that says "Stalin's daughter dies; had lived in Richland Center".

Richland Center is 70 miles northwest of Madison.

Gahrie said...

Has anyone ever analyzed just why Wisconsin is consistently so much further left than the rest of the country? What is so attractive about Socialism and Progressivism to you guys?

edutcher said...

purplepenquin said...

Now I understand why edutcher feels the way he does about the Madison protests...this is his only source for information about our fair city.

:D


Since most of the commenters here aren't Madison denizens, that would go without saying.

garage mahal said...

In Madison. And you never told us

If you had read the link you would have seen a great big bolded headline that says "Stalin's daughter dies; had lived in Richland Center".


The AP story, where I first read of her death, is datelined Madison, as is the JS story.

Garage and penquin assume a lot.

And we all know how that ends.

ricpic said...

It was impossible to exist without God in one's heart.

--Svetlana Alliluyeva


Imagine the suffering. Imagine. Well, you can't. And then imagine the repression that had to be overcome. Again, you can't. And that's the gap. That's why the thing, the obscene thing, man's usurpation of complete power over man, comes back again and again. Because it can't be imagined, the horror of it. And then it happens. Pray for America.

nevadabob said...

Aaaaaaaaand Russ Feingold loses one more vote.

cryptical said...

I'll bet she signed the Walker recall. Possibly several times by now.

Chip S. said...

I'll bet she signed the Walker recall. Possibly several times by now.

Probably joined by Lana Lang, Lana Wood, Lana Turner and all her Wisconsin relatives: Ike, Tina, Nat, Ted, and Bachman.

Jose_K said...

Some people beleive she was already death months ago. Like in her father´s time.

Carol_Herman said...

Russians, beginning in the 1800's, came to America. And, settled up in Minnesota and Wisconsin. BRINGING WINTER WHEAT! That's how America became a nation that grew the wheat that could survive cold climates.

So to this Stalin's daughter, who escaped her abusive father. And, who hated Russia. Wouldn't end up in Wisconsin. Just doesn't know their history.

Back in the early 1960's, when Khrushchev said he wanted to visit Hollywood. And, he did! (He was taken to the set of CAN CAN.) He also visited a wheat growing American community, famous for being Russian.

Nasty illness, colon cancer. Sad ending. Probably was a finer woman to meet than the Queen of England.

MadisonMan said...

Has anyone ever analyzed just why Wisconsin is consistently so much further left than the rest of the country?

It sounds like you're using Stalin's daughter's presence in Richland Center to help prove your argument.

Hilarious!

I suspect she lived in Richland Center because people would leave her alone there. And because, as she said, there was good health care.

William said...

The obituary does not mention that her mother committed suicide. That, also, must have left a mark. I read Montefiore's Stalin: The Court of the Red Czar. For all their privileges, the elite of the Soviet Union led the most anxious and unhappy lives. They didn't starve to death, but they were one bad decision or one whim of Stalin away from the gulag at all times......Svetlana's life seems to have been an endless series of unhappy events. She kept looking for a way out of the maze, but the maze had been internalized. We all try to understand the forces that shape our lifes, but for some those forces are incomprehensible. I wonder if she ever saw Bertolucci's film The Last Emperor. She had a kiniship with that poor man.

Peter said...

It must really stink to go through life known only as, "Stalin's daughter."

TosaGuy said...

At National Review Online, they remarked how she donated $500 to them back in the day.

Methadras said...

Figures she would live in the soviet state of Wisconsin.

Suburbanbanshee said...

Anybody who survived Stalin is lucky, shrewd, and tough. I can't imagine how strange it would have been, to know that one of the world's all-time monsters was your father. Any moment of normal life after that was a victory.

And it's not so bad, to live in a dairy state full of cheese. I bet Richland Center is a nice town.