Joseph Stalin in Vienna


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Before World War I Vienna was the favourite city of the Bolsheviks and the hometown for such people, as Leo Trotzki. In January 1913 Joseph Stalin came to Vienna by Lenin’s command. He was supposed to make contact with Austrian socialists. Unfortunately, Stalin couldn’t speak German. In Vienna he wrote a booklet called “Marxism and the national question”, which was later published in Petersburg’s newspapers

Stalin lived in Vienna at the Russian house of Trojanowscy nearby the Schonbrunn palace. After staying a few weeks in Vienna Stalin left for Cracow.

After winning the revolution Trojanowski became Russia’s ambassador in USA. For a long time it was considered that Stalin wasn’t registered by Schlobstrabe 30, which had to suggest that his stay in Vienna was illegal. It wasn’t until 1977 that his “Meldezettel” has been found, along with the fact that Stalin was the chamberlain of Mr. Petrov. What a shame for a future dictator!

In honor of the leader’s 70th birthday in 1949 KPZR ordered a memorial board to be built within the wall of his living place. It survived after the year 1955, because according to the tract Austria couldn’t destroy Russian monuments. That way in Vienna’s 12th district at Schlobstrabe 30 you can find the only memorial board in honor of one of the most famous criminals of the 20th century.

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