Joseph Stalin (a code name meaning "Man of Steel") was born Iosif (Joseph) Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili in 1879 in Gori, Georgia, the Transcaucasian part of the Russian Empire. His father was a cobbler named Vissarion Dzhugashvili, a drunkard who beat him badly and frequently and left the family when Joseph was young...See full bio »
Staunchly believed Adolf Hitler would honor the Nazi-Soviet nonaggression treaty. When Hitler's forces attacked, Stalin locked himself in his rooms and refused to believe it for several days; his denial caused unnecessary huge numbers of MIAs and millions of Russian civilians taken into Nazi death camps.
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