2.) Joseph Stalin (TWICE)

  • 2018-12-12
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN staff
The dictator of the Soviet Union, who made Ivan the Terrible look like a pussycat was Man of the Year not once but twice! 

He won the coveted award in 1939, one year after der Führer, and again in 1942 (although the latter award is more justified given the Soviet Union's sacrifices throughout the Second World War). 

Still, in 1939 Stalin allied with Hitler to carve up Poland. His secret police then murdered tens of thousands of Polish Army officers Stalin feared might foment an insurgency. 

At the same time, anyone, from the paranoid leader's family to peasants who showed up late to work were executed or shipped off to Siberian gulags.

Stalin sure did change the world but not for the better.

In 1939, Time could have selected, Mahatma Gandhi, Lou Gehrig, or General Władysław Sikorski, who became Prime Minister of the Polish government-in-exile.

As for 1942, they could've gone with Marshal Georgy Zhukov, the Red Army, or President Roosevelt.

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