This article will be of some academic interest to the Stalin watchers who frequent our site. It is intended as an aperitif or introduction to a far more controversial article to be published here tomorrow, entitled “Is Trump the New Stalin?”
Stalin with his daughter Svetlana. She was to deny that her father ever married a “Jewess” called “Rosa Kaganovich” and maintained that no such woman even existed. She would have been astonished to learn that her father was a “Jew” and would have laughed at anyone who made such an absurd claim.
In response to a poster on this site who said in our Comments’ section “Stalin was married to a Jewess”, new commenter ‘Saki’ claims that this is a serious misconception. His case is argued well. We have to agree with him because the internet is awash with these conspiracy theories which do immense harm by peddling misinformation about Stalin.
Disbelieve anyone who tells you:
— (a) that Stalin was a Jew;
— (b) that he had three wives; and
— (c) that the last of his three wives was a Jewess called “Rosa Kaganovich”.
All these three claims are false.
Firstly, there is not a shred of reliable evidence to show that Stalin, who grew up in a Christian family with a devoutly Christian mother, and who trained to become an Orthodox Christian priest, was a Jew.
Secondly, Stalin only had two wives who were both Christians; their names are known and numerous photographs of them exist.
Thirdly, there is no record of Stalin marrying a third time, either to a Christian woman or to a Jewess, and the very existence of a Jewess known as “Rosa Kagonovich” is denied by anyone who has seriously researched the life of Stalin.
Let Saki speak for himself:
I don’t mean to be disrespectful to you, because I think you’re one of the best posters here, but that is a totally false factoid manufactured by a thousand repetitions on internet conspiracy theory sites. You will not find a single mainstream Stalin biographer, either in Russia or the West, who promotes this irresponsible conspiracy theory. Stalin was married only twice and both his wives were Christians.
Stalin’s third wife was allegedly the Jewess “Rosa Kaganovich”, said to be the sister or daughter of Stalin’s Jewish minister Lazar Kaganovich. But Stalin’s own daughter, Svetlana, is on record as saying that her father never married any such woman because no such woman even existed! There are numerous photographs of Stalin’s two Christian wives, but not a single authentic photo of the fictitious Rosa Kaganovich.
I leave it to you to figure out why such a fictitious personality should have been invented in the first place.
The internet provides a mine of useful information. Unfortunately, it is also a bottomless pit of wild conspiracy theories, disinformation, and lies.
Here is Wikipedia on Stalin’s Georgian origins. He looked nothing like an Ashkenazi Jew and was swarthy and Asiatic-looking in appearance:
Ethnically Georgian, Stalin grew up speaking the Georgian language, and did not begin learning Russian until the age of eight or nine. He remained proud of his Georgian identity, and throughout his life retained a heavy Georgian accent when speaking Russian. According to Montefiore, despite Stalin’s affinity for Russia and Russians, he remained profoundly Georgian in his lifestyle and personality. Stalin’s colleagues described him as “Asiatic”, and he told a Japanese journalist that “I am not a European man, but an Asian, a Russified Georgian”. Service also noted that Stalin “would never be Russian”, could not credibly pass as one, and never tried to pretend that he was. (See here)
As for Stalin marrying three Jewish wives, or at least one Jewish wife, nowhere will you find a peep of this except on conspiracy theory sites specializing in propaganda and disinformation. Here is Wikipedia — by all means sneer at Wikipedia if you want, but this Wikipedia account is supported by every single non-Jewish biographer of Stalin, none of whom would risk their reputations by lying.
Stalin was attracted to women and there are no reports of any homosexual tendencies; according to Montefiore, in his early life Stalin “rarely seems to have been without a girlfriend”. He was sexually promiscuous, although rarely talked about his sex life. Montefiore noted that Stalin’s favoured types were “young, malleable teenagers or buxom peasant women”, who would be supportive and unchallenging toward him. According to Service, Stalin “regarded women as a resource for sexual gratification and domestic comfort”.
Stalin married twice and had several offspring. He married his first wife, Ekaterina Svanidze, in 1906. According to Montefiore, theirs was “a true love match”; Volkogonov suggested that she was “probably the one human being he had really loved”.
Stalin’s second wife was Nadezhda Alliluyeva; theirs was not an easy relationship, and they often rowed. They had two biological children—a son, Vasily, and a daughter, Svetlana—and adopted another son, Artyom Sergeev, in 1921. During his marriage to Nadezhda, Stalin had affairs with many other women, most of whom were fellow revolutionaries or their wives. Nadezdha suspected that this was the case, and committed suicide in 1932. (See here)
No mention of a third marriage here. No Jewesses mentioned. And no mention of anyone called “Rosa Kaganovich”.
Saki has done his research well and provides reliable information on Stalin’s marital status. This sort of solid information, free of woolly speculation, can only come from scholars who have researched Stalin’s life and written voluminous biographies about him, complete with notes and sources. It cannot come from unknown internet authors, many of them anonymous individuals writing for obscure internet sites. Most of these Stalin commenters have never read a single biography of Stalin but nevertheless presume to know all about him from reading the regurgitations of other ignorant and often illiterate internet hacks.
Let Saki continue:
Here is acclaimed biographer of Stalin, Robert Service, commenting on the fictitious “Rosa Kananovich”:
Rumours had other candidates as his [Stalin’s] lovers in the late 1930s; it was even said that he secretly married again. The person said to have been his wife was named as Rosa Kaganovich. The allegation was peddled by the German Nazi media. Supposedly Rosa was Lazar Kaganovich’s beautiful sister. It was a pack of lies. Lazar Kaganovich had only one sister, Rakhil, who died in the mid 1920s.
Another suggestion was that it was Lazar Kaganovich’s daughter Maya whom Stalin took to bed. Certainly she was good-looking. But there is no credible evidence. Lazar Kaganovich was not a prude and had no reason as a pensioner to pretend that his daughter had had no relationship with Stalin if this was not true.”
—Robert Service, Stalin: A Biography, p. 436
All other Stalin biographers agree with the historical evidence that Stalin only had two wives, both of them Christians, and this truth is reinforced by Stalin’s own daughter Svetlana who asserted that her father had never married any such woman and that the whole story is a fabrication.
I think this just about wraps it up. To summarize:
— Stalin was not a Jew.
— Stalin only married twice and both his wives were Christians.
— As for the Jewess Rosa Kaganovich, Stalin’s alleged third wife, she never existed.
It is hoped that the above material will whet the reader’s appetite for tomorrow’s more exciting article comparing Stalin to Donald Trump. Those who are bored with hearing about Stalin will be relieved to hear that tomorrow’s article is more about Trump than Stalin.