"If millions die, that?s only statistics" antedating (1947) Stalin

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 2 12:07:09 UTC 2009

> Here's a more specific claimed setting--and antedating--for the quote
> attributed to Stalin:
> In the days when Stalin was Commissar of Munitions, a meeting was
> held...and the principal matter for discussion was the famine then prevalent in
> the Ukraine. One official arose and made a speech about this tragedy--the
> tragedy of having millions of people dying of hunger. He began to enumerate
> death figures...Stalin interrupted him to say: "If only one man dies of hunger,
> that is a tragedy. If millions die, that's only statistics."
> Loose-Leaf Notebook
> LEONARD LYONS. The Washington Post (1877-1954). Washington, D.C.: Jan
> 30, 1947.
> p. 9 (1 page)
> Stephen Goranson
> http://www.duke.edu/~goranson

Fantastic! Thanks for looking up my citation on paper, and
congratulations on finding such a fine improvement.

Garson O'Toole

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