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Joseph Stalin

NAME: Joseph StalinOCCUPATION: DictatorBIRTH DATE: December 18, 1878DEATH DATE: March 05, 1953EDUCATION: Church school (Gori, Georgia, Russian Empire), Tiflis Theological SeminaryPLACE OF BIRTH: Gori, Georgia, RussiaPLACE OF DEATH: Moscow, RussiaORIGINALLY: Iosif Vissarionovich DzhugashviliFULL NAME: Joseph StalinAKA: Iosif Dzhugashvili

Two Interesting facts about Stalin1. At Arm’s LengthIn an eerie echo of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Stalin suffered a physical abnormality in his left arm, making it distinctly shorter than the right. Both would try to disguise this in official portraits. Unlike the Kaiser, whose affliction resulted from complications during birth, Stalin’s was the product of an accident involving a horse-drawn carriage, aged twelve. His arm had to be reconstructed by extensive surgery, leaving it shorter and stiffened at the elbow.2. Suffering for ArtStalin was particularly insecure about his physical appearance. He battled small pox as a young child and was left permanently scarred as a result. Official photographs of the dictator would be routinely air-brushed. A far cry from the ‘warts-n-all’ approach adopted by an earlier anti-monarchical revolutionary, Oliver Cromwell, Stalin had several portrait artists shot for their unflattering depictions of him.

Stalins Rise to Power

Joseph Stalin

Communist Party leaderThe fledgling Soviet government went through a violent period after the revolution as various individuals vied for position and control. In 1922, Stalin was appointed to the newly created office of general secretary of the Communist Party. Though not a significant post at the time, it gave Stalin control over all party member appointments, which allowed him to build his base. He made shrewd appointments and consolidated his power so that eventually nearly all members of the central command owed their position to him. By the time anyone realized what he had done, it was too late. Even Lenin, who was gravely ill, was helpless to regain control from Stalin.

Early lifeOn December 18, 1879, in the Russian peasant village of Gori, Georgia, Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili (later known as Joseph Stalin) was born. The son of Besarion Jughashvili, a cobbler, and Ketevan Geladze, a washerwoman, Joseph was a frail child. At age 7, he contracted smallpox, leaving his face scarred and his left arm slightly deformed. The other village children treated him cruelly, instilling in him a sense of inferiority. Because of this, Joseph began a quest for greatness and respect. He also developed a cruel streak for those who crossed him.

Joseph Stalin (young)

Joseph Stalin (older)

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