"Today I had the enormous good fortune of attending the concluding session of the Congress of Stakhanovites. In the presidium I saw Comrade Stalin, Comrades Molotov, Kaganovich, Voroshilov, Ordzhonikidze, Kalinin, Kosior, Mikoyan, Postïshev, Chubar, Andreyev, and Zhdanov. I heard the speeches of Comrades Stalin, Voroshilov, and Shvernik. I was captivated by Voroshilov’s speech, but after hearing Stalin I completely lost any sense of moderation and shouted “Hurrah!” along with the whole hall and applauded endlessly. You will read his historic speech in the newspapers so I won’t reproduce it for you. Certainly, today is the happiest day of my life: I saw and heard Stalin.
The Congress began today at 1 PM. That is why I left the rehearsal."