Vladimir Lenin's Jewish Roots on Display

Proof of Lenin's heritage at Moscow museum.

Published: May 24th 2011
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Documents on display.

Evidence that the revered founder of the Soviet Union had Jewish heritage is being displayed until July 3 at the State History Museum in Moscow, says the Associated Press.


Dozens of previously classified documents have now been made available for public viewing, including a letter written by Lenin’s eldest sister, Anna Ulyanova, to Josef Stalin claiming their maternal grandfather was once a Jew.


"He came from a poor Jewish family and was, according to his baptismal certificate, the son of Moses Blank, a native of (the western Ukrainian city of) Zhitomir. "Vladimir Ilych had always thought of Jews highly. I am very sorry that the fact of our origin — which I had suspected before — was not known during his lifetime," Ulyanova wrote in the 1932 letter.


Lenin was originally born Vladimir Ilych Ulyanov in 1870, but changed his last name in 1901 amide the rampant anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.


In fact, many Jews joined the Bolsheviks, and were instrumental leaders within the Communist Party after the 1917 Revolution, namely Leon Bronstein a.k.a. Trotsky.


Anna Ulyanova had initially written to Stalin in the hopes it would curb rising anti-Semitism—Stalin responded by ordering Ulyanova to “keep absolute silence” regarding her family history.


"I hear that in recent years anti-Semitism has been growing stronger again, even among Communists. It would be wrong to hide the fact from the masses," Ulyanova responded to Stalin.


Evidently, Stalin thought otherwise.

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