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Personality Cult

(1,350 words)

Author(s): Bergunder, Michael | Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm | Wermke, Michael
[German Version] I. Religious Studies The term personality cult probably became popular in February of 1956, when Nikita Khrushchev’s famous “secret speech” at the 20th Party Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union admitted numerous excesses during the Stalin period and ascribed them to the “cult of personality” (Russ. kult lichnosti) surrounding J. Stalin . Since that time, personality cult has been a political watchword denoting exaggerated importanc…

Personenkult

(1,162 words)

Author(s): Bergunder, Michael | Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm | Wermke, Michael
[English Version] I. Religionswissenschaftlich Der Begriff P. wurde wahrscheinlich populär, nachdem Nikita Chruschtschow im Februar 1956 in seiner berühmten »Geheimrede« auf dem XX. Parteitag der KPdSU einige Verfehlungen während der Stalinzeit (Sowjetunion) zugegeben und diese auf den »Personenkult« (russ. kul't licˇnosti) um J. Stalin zurückgeführt hatte…