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Did Josef Take A Wife

We have been studying the conduct and consequences of World War Two this week in Social Studies class and today we watched a series of newsreels from that time period that followed the conduct of the war from 1941 through the end of the war. The students asked many good questions about what, where, why, and how the war was fought, the weapons used, and the people involved.

One of my students asked a question I would never had expected. He wanted to know if Josef Stalin ever had a wife. Eleanor Roosevelt and Bess Truman are known to most students who have studied Twentieth Century United States history, but even the short biography we read and biographic video we watched about Josef Stalin were absent of any information on his marital status.

It turns out, Uncle Joe was married, twice. His first wife, Ekaterina, who bore him a son, died of typhus a year after the boy was born. They were married in 1906. Stalin married his second wife, Nadezhda, during one of his exiles to Siberia. Joseph _ Stalin

So, thanks to Google and wikipedia, I was able to answer the student's question and learn something I had not known before he asked.

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MegL wrote on December 10, 2015, 8:51 AM

It's always interesting to know these details. Was there any information on Stalin's son? I wonder how he turned out.

wolfgirl569 wrote on December 10, 2015, 8:56 AM

Thats interesting. I guess the history writers didnt feel we needed to know

markgraham wrote on December 10, 2015, 12:03 PM

Good thing for the internet. it does have its uses.
In movies made like the miniseries War and Remembrance there was no mention of his marriage. That novel was by Herman Woak and it was very historically accurate.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 10, 2015, 12:06 PM

That is very interesting. I had never even thought if Stalin had been married. I didn't know he had a son. I wonder what happened to him?

CalmGemini wrote on December 10, 2015, 12:12 PM

I did not know about this.At times like these we feel how helpful internet is.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 10, 2015, 12:43 PM

Google and Wikpedia are an excellent source of information about history. You know, I think we may end up re-writing some of the history books as it seems lots of details are missing from many text books.

lexiconlover wrote on December 10, 2015, 1:59 PM

Those names are pretty spectacular. Next on your agenda is to find out what Hitler really did when he died, or if he even died that day.

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 10, 2015, 4:20 PM

I didn't have time to look further into that today but it does raise an interesting question.

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 10, 2015, 4:21 PM

It was an out-of-the-box question, that's for sure. And the student didn't ask about Churchill or FDR.

I am going to do some more research to see if I can learn the fate of Stalin's son.

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 10, 2015, 4:28 PM

I think he really died that day. Hitler was too much of a megalomaniac to stay hidden for long. There are lots of theories though that he escaped to Brazil, Argentina, and I even heard the other day he might have gone to California.

VinceSummers wrote on December 10, 2015, 5:41 PM

Ah, Stalin. A loser if ever there was one. He was even worse than Hitler, having needlessly killed, often by tortuous means, more people than Hitler did. Yet little mention is made of the fact.

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 10, 2015, 9:15 PM

Our district doesn't even have a textbook for our seventh grade curriculum. I had to buy my own set of books with rights to make class sets of copies just to have reading material to go along with the videos I access through the school's subscription to Discovery Education. I also use a lot of YouTube videos. The plus side is, I'm able to provide the students with the latest information on the subject.

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 10, 2015, 9:19 PM

I think Stalin got a pass because he was our erstwhile ally, though those who thought we should rearm the Germans once Hitler was gone and take on the Soviets had it right. If we'd taken them out when we were the only ones with the bomb it might have saved the world a lot of grief. Then again, Pax Americana might have become the monster we sought to slay.

Paulie wrote on December 11, 2015, 1:41 AM

I haven't gone to Wikipedia to research Stalin, but I think I remember reading about one of his daughters who lived in the States.

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 11, 2015, 9:57 AM

His daughter must have been with his second wife. I will have to check that out and share it with my students when I go back to school next week.

CoralLevang wrote on December 11, 2015, 11:31 PM

the interest in genealogy of the bad guys....interesting. emoticon :winking:

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 12, 2015, 9:58 AM

The student's thought was that Stalin may have been so horribly mean and nasty because he'd never had a woman's love to soften his heart. I kid you not.