Joseph Stalin is undoubtedly one of the most spoken of statesmen of the 20th century. His successor Chrushev said after Stalinís death: "Just like Peter the Great, he fought barbarism with barbarism," but Stalin was not only barbaric towards the German intruders. He also terrorized his own population to expand his authority. That way he let millions starve to death in the 30s, he had them murdered and deported to labor camps in Siberia.
The above does not mean that Stalin, by his determination and ruthlessness, was incapable of defeating Nazi Germany. He developed into the father figure of the Soviet population. In the early years of the Second World War, the West and the Soviet Union were committed to each other but as the outcome of the war shifted inevitably to the advantage of the western Allies, the distrust between the two increased; a distrust that would ultimately have a major impact on post war Europe.