RUSSIA: Stalin's Past

The youth and ominous "past" of Dictator Josef Stalin of Soviet Russia are kept shrouded in perpetual mystery by his iron censorship of all Soviet information sources. The very names of his wife and child are well-guarded secrets. Stalin dwells in the seclusion of an Oriental Potentate, because, say his friends, his parents were Asiatic and the reticence of the East is his birthright. Naturally the enemies of Comrade Stalin tell another story.

Last week the "other story" was told at length by the Berlin newspaper Tageblatt, a renowned Independent organ. The Tageblatt's...

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