In September, 1939, Poland was attacked by Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. Both powers rounded up citizens, shot them, put them in cattle cars, moved them to concentration camps, and mass murdered them. Both powers used ethnicity, religion, and social class to target their victims.
Some of us often ask, "Why, in the West today, is the swastika anathema, but the red star, and images of Stalin, Che and Mao are not just okay, they are often considered cool?"
Why is "You Nazi!" is a life-destroying insult, but "You communist" is not?
Why is Alexandria Ocasio Cortez considered cute and inspirational and not delusional and dangerous?
The suggestion is that the crimes of communism are papered over, because academia and media tend to be leftist, and the left is less willing to discuss its own excesses. I don't know if that's true.
I think of Grover Furr, who teaches at NJ's Montclair State University. One can view him whitewashing Stalin here.
In any case, Lithuanians and other Balts have asked Walmart to stop selling Soviet-themed shirts. You can read that article here.
Above are some memes floating around the web.
And here is an article by Timothy Snyder asking Hitler v Stalin: Who was Worse?