Was Stalin Jewish? Opinions Pro & Con

Assembled by John "Birdman" Bryant


Opinion #1: Joseph K says Yes:

Of the many sources that I have been exposed to that alleged that Stalin  was a Jew, the only one that I have at hand at the moment is "The Plot Against the Church", by Maurice Pinay, The Christian Book Club of America, P.O. Box 566, Palmdale, CA 93550.  On page 65, it reads:       

"During the second world war and from then on up to our present time the Jewish clique which rules the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, continues to be very numerous, for at the head of the names stands Stalin himself, who for a long time was regarded as a Georgian of pure descent.  But it has been revealed, that he belongs to the Jewish race; for Djougachvili, which is his surname, means 'Son of Djou,' and Djou is a small island in Persia, whither many banished Portugese 'Gypsies' migrated, who later settled in Georgia.      Today it is almost completely proved, that Stalin had Jewish blood, although he neither confirmed nor denied the rumours, about which mutterings began in this direction.[14]."  

[14] Bernard Hutton: French magazine "Constellation" No. 167 ; of March 1962, P. 202.


Opinion #2: Edgar J Steele (21 Jan 2004) says Yes:

I know that I swore I was through with this thread, but a very well-read friend sent over the following just now:

"Here's another one the Jews don't want talked about. In the Georgian language "shvili" means son of, or son, as in Johnson. "Djuga" means Jew. Therefore Djugashvili means Jewison. So Joe Stalin's real name, before he changed it, was Joe Jewison. It gets better, his name was Joseph David Djugashvili, a typical Jewish name. During his revolutionary days he changed his name to "Kochba", the leader of the Jews during one of the anti-Roman uprisings of the Jews. Russians don't change their names. Georgians don't change their names. Jews change their names. Reporting these facts probably is a hate crime because Jews hate to hear about it."

Joe Stalin only became a Georgian Orthodox priest to mask his Jewish background.


Opinion #3: John K says No:

Also about Stalin. I know a guy in Tblisi rather well and I've asked him about the name Djugashvili

He hates Stalin but he tells me that this is a Georgian name and the guy was a Georgian. Recall that he was trained to be a priest. In Georgia, almost everybody (including my pal) has a name ending in Vili, just as most Armenian names end in -ian. Dzug is not the word for jew. They call Jews Evreu or something like that. I've seen it in a bilingual dictionary.



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