It was the late 1940s, right in the midst of the Cold War. Competing ideologies of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia threatened the Western World. On the home front, in the golden valley of Los Angeles, prominent cultural leaders were suspected of pledging their allegiance abroad.
This week marked the 60th anniversary of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s death. On March 5, 1953, the Georgia-born tyrant’s nearly three-decade long reign of terror came to an end—providing momentary solace for all people living behind the Iron Curtain. “Uncle Joe” was no more.
Feb. 2 marked the 70th anniversary of the end of one of World War II's most decisive and utterly destructive battles, the five-months of slaughter in the Russian city then called Stalingrad.