Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-03-2012, 06:28 PM
ralph124c ralph124c is offline
Suspended
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 18,476
Are There Any Living Persons Who Knew Josef Stalin?

Inspired by the success of the Robert Todd Lincoln thread, I was interested to ask: what about Stalin (died 1954).
Stalin is a special case-he murdered many of his associates, and sent many off to re-education camps. plus (upon his death), his successors eliminated many of his friends and allies.
As a political monster, Stalin is unique-he is very likely responsible for more deaths than Adolf Hitler, Lenin, or Mao tse Tung.
So, how many people are around who knew "Uncle Joe"?
Advertisements  
  #2  
Old 05-03-2012, 06:34 PM
Captain Amazing Captain Amazing is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Posts: 24,822
Of course. One of his daughters just died a year ago, and he has grandkids still alive.
  #3  
Old 05-03-2012, 06:36 PM
njtt njtt is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: U.K.
Posts: 12,068
Well, his daughter only died last November. I can't give you names, but I am sure there are lots.

ETA: I'll beat you yet, Captain Amazing!

Last edited by njtt; 05-03-2012 at 06:37 PM.
  #4  
Old 05-03-2012, 06:48 PM
Baron Greenback Baron Greenback is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Scotland
Posts: 10,527
Stalin only died in 1954, and he didn't kill everyone who ever met him.
  #5  
Old 05-03-2012, 08:07 PM
Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Dogpatch/Middle TN.
Posts: 30,444
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain Amazing View Post
Of course. One of his daughters just died a year ago, and he has grandkids still alive.
I cannot picture him bouncing them on his knee....
__________________
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, & there always has been.The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political & cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.~Issac Asimov
  #6  
Old 05-03-2012, 08:08 PM
Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Dogpatch/Middle TN.
Posts: 30,444
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baron Greenback View Post
Stalin only died in 1954, and he didn't kill everyone who ever met him.
Every other...?
  #7  
Old 05-03-2012, 08:25 PM
Jim's Son Jim's Son is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,971
I don't know if Nikita Krushchev's son Sergei ever met Stalin (he was born in 1935) but he is alive, a naturalized U.S. citizen (so much for his shoe-banging father telling Nixon that his grand children would grow up in a communist country) and teaching at Brown university.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Khrushchev
  #8  
Old 05-03-2012, 09:21 PM
njtt njtt is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: U.K.
Posts: 12,068
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor View Post
I cannot picture him bouncing them on his knee....
Here you go, then. Not his actual granddaughter but you should be able to visualize it now.

(Mind you, according to the blog where that appears, he did have her parents killed soon after that picture was taken. Funny old uncle Joe.)
  #9  
Old 05-03-2012, 09:33 PM
Take the cannoli Take the cannoli is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim's Son View Post
I don't know if Nikita Krushchev's son Sergei ever met Stalin (he was born in 1935) but he is alive, a naturalized U.S. citizen (so much for his shoe-banging father telling Nixon that his grand children would grow up in a communist country) and teaching at Brown university.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Khrushchev

Sergei answers that question in this short interview
  #10  
Old 05-03-2012, 09:42 PM
FoieGrasIsEvil FoieGrasIsEvil is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Home Of The Bengals!
Posts: 15,843
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baron Greenback View Post
Stalin only died in 1954, and he didn't kill everyone who ever met him.
It wasn't for a lack of trying.
  #11  
Old 05-03-2012, 10:13 PM
Little Nemo Little Nemo is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Western New York
Posts: 73,937
Here's a likely one: Leonid Zamyatin. He was born in 1922 and he's still alive. He was a Soviet diplomat from 1946 and was part of the first Soviet delegation to the United Nations. As such, I feel he must have met Stalin on official occasions before the dictator's death in 1953.
  #12  
Old 05-03-2012, 10:15 PM
APB APB is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 1,990
Churchill's daughter, Lady Soames, met him at Potsdam. What's more, her memories of him are a bit more substantive than merely the fact that they met. She talks about him towards the end of this clip from a relatively recent interview.
  #13  
Old 05-03-2012, 10:27 PM
Yorikke Yorikke is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 5,926
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baron Greenback View Post
Stalin only died in 1954, and he didn't kill everyone who ever met him.
Ha! That's what the commies WANT you to think!

Joe
  #14  
Old 05-03-2012, 10:30 PM
etv78 etv78 is offline
BANNED
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Randolph, MA
Posts: 10,554
<nitpick> Stalin died in 1953.
  #15  
Old 05-05-2012, 10:01 AM
eenerms eenerms is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Nowhere special
Posts: 2,661
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain Amazing View Post
Of course. One of his daughters just died a year ago, and he has grandkids still alive.
(ahem..I met his daughter)
  #16  
Old 05-05-2012, 10:27 AM
Ludovic Ludovic is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: America's Wing
Posts: 26,764
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor View Post
I cannot picture him bouncing them on his knee....
He outsourced this to subordinates.
  #17  
Old 05-05-2012, 02:12 PM
Lust4Life Lust4Life is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: perfidious albion
Posts: 6,422
There were 30,000,000 Russians who didn't know him but were murdered by the state just the same because of him, and a hell of a lot enslaved on trumped up, or even no charges as well. Though that carried on long after his death as part of the Soviet system.
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:35 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright 2017 Sun-Times Media, LLC.

 
Copyright © 2017