Before Infamy: Childhood Photos of History’s Most Evil People

2. Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin was the Soviet dictator in the USSR after Lenin’s death. He forced Russia into such rapid industrialization, that famine ensued – killing millions of people while millions of others were sent to death camps under his regime.

He was born on December 18, 1879, in a Russian peasant village. He was bullied his entire childhood, and because of this he developed an inferiority complex and a cruel streak. He did well in his schooling. His mother wanted him to become a priest. Instead, he joined a secret group in 1898, where he met Karl Marx and Vladmir Lenin…and the rest is history.

Photo taken 1892, age 13.

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