Anyway, it was all for the best, he claimed. Once in place, the “collective farm system” (i.e., communism) would benefit everyone. As for the millions who died: “You can’t make an omelet without cracking an egg,” Duranty said.
Drinking, dining, and carousing with Moscow’s elite, the one-legged Duranty became Stalin’s unofficial spokesperson. Like the Holocaust-deniers, he heard no evil, saw no evil, and reported no evil. A Satanist, alcoholic, womanizer, pervert, and sycophant to the most brutal dictator in modern history, Duranty was an odious character.
“Stalin boasted privately that as many as 10 million people...had perished during the Holodomor. At least 3 million of the victims were children.
“Despite the magnitude of the atrocity, the Soviet regime, behind its Iron Curtain, denied the existence of the Holodomor for decades, denouncing any reports as ‘anti-Soviet propaganda.’ It was not until the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the subsequent establishment of an independent Ukraine that the contents of many sealed government archives were uncovered, exposing a wealth of gruesome information.”
While history hasn’t been kind to Uncle Joe’s mouthpiece, the Times refuses to return Walter Duranty’s tainted Pulitzer.
Eighty years later, it’s time to right that wrong, and consign this hack to the gulag of Literary Hell.