Foreign News: Schoolboy Stalin

Josef Stalin's old teacher, Orthodox Father Bogoyavlenski, regaled pious Stuttgart Germans with anecdotes of the days when Russia's future Dictator was a schoolboy at Tiflis' Theological Seminary. Everyone knows that Stalin's mother tried to make him a priest (TIME, Dec. 8, 1930), and every Russian knows that for 300 years at least Russian scoffers have baited Russian believers with the following rigmarole: "I believe that Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread, but I do not believe they weren't hungry afterward. I believe that water can be turned into wine but...

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