Visitor Looks at a Drawing of Lenin in Red Square

“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,” says Anna Ulyanova, Vladimir Lenin’s eldest sister in a letter to Joseph Stalin. For the first time ever, ordinary Russians can now see documents that appear to confirm long-standing rumors that Vladimir Lenin had Jewish heritage. That’s a big deal in a country long plagued by anti-Semitism, especially for the founder of the Soviet Union, who is still revered by many elderly Russians. The documents are part of a collection on display at the State History Museum in Moscow. To read the full story, click here.

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