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.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ 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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