Before the USSR's participation in WWII with the West, it had a non-aggression pact with Germany, invaded Poland, and is basically the super-villain of the Red Scare. But suddenly, after USSR became an ally, the Western propaganda posters started saying: "This man (Russian Soldier) is your friend, He defends Freedom". How did such a value dissonance impacted the western civilians? What do they think about such a abrupt transition that a "super-evil Joseph Stalin" is now "Uncle Joe"?

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    Was Joseph Stalin portrayed as "super-evil" in the west prior to WW2?
    – Steve Bird
    Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 14:46
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    You are misusing the "red scare" terminology. The first one followed the end of ww1, the second followed the end of ww2.... Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 15:55
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    There's a decent amount about this from Winston Churchill's perspective in his autobiography of WWII.
    – T.E.D.
    Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 15:57
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    @MoisheKohanonstrike The second red scare was a bit after WW2, and was triggered more by the Chinese situation of 1949-1950.
    – Smith
    Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 17:13
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    For the perspective of the question, it should be noted that the Soviets were pulled into WW2 before the Americans. Lend Lease was extended to them in October 1941. Further, American strategic interest was focused on the Pacific and western Europe, and less in eastern Europe. Therefore having the Soviets as a "comrade" didn't seem to be a problem.
    – Smith
    Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 17:20


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