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May 11, 2007

And speaking of mothers

Remember the line "That only a mother could love..."?

Mother's memoir reveals sensitive Stalin

Last Updated: 2:06am BST 09/05/2007

Josef Stalin, the monstrous Soviet dictator responsible for the deaths of millions, was a "sensitive child" with a love of flowers, his mother's memoirs have revealed.

Stalin was born in Georgia in 1878, the only child of a cobbler, Beso Djugashvili and his wife, Keke. In her memoirs, released from a secret Soviet archive, she detailed how a series of illnesses and accidents left "Soso" - her nickname for Josef - partially crippled, and how he coped with a violent alcoholic father.

"My Soso was a very sensitive child," said Keke. "As soon as he heard the sound of his father singing balaam-balaam from the street, he'd immediately run to me asking if he could go to our neighbours' until his father fell asleep."

Via Reason's Hit & Run

Posted by joke du jour at May 11, 2007 06:31 PM

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