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Why did Stalin hate Switzerland?

This puzzles me. I have seen it mentioned twice — in Max Hastings’s book Winston’s War, and in John McPhee’s La Place de la Concorde Suisse. What did Stalin even know about Switzerland? Was he ever there?

via Wikimedia/National Archives U.K.
via Wikimedia/National Archives U.K.

This puzzles me. I have seen it mentioned twice — in Max Hastings’s book Winston’s War, and in John McPhee’s La Place de la Concorde Suisse.

What did Stalin even know about Switzerland? Was he ever there?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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