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WW II: Behind Closed Doors

Stalin, the Nazis and the West

Stalin on Trial

Task

Students will prepare for and then conduct a trial of Joseph Stalin, ultimately to judge the man who many claim rivals Hitler in his brutality.

  • Take on a specific role in a mock trial of Joseph Stalin.
  • Research the role and prepare for role in trial.
  • Conduct the trial of Joseph Stalin.
  • Reflect on the trial process and the evidence presented.
  • Roles include:
  • Judge
  • Prosecution Attorneys (1–3)
  • Defense Attorneys (1–3)
  • Joseph Stalin (Defense)
  • Vyacheslav Molotov (Defense)
  • Georgy Zhukov (Defense)
  • Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria (Defense)
  • Winston Churchill (Prosecution)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (Prosecution)
  • General Wladyslaw Sikorski (Prosecution)
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop (Prosecution)
  • Jury (remaining students)