On December 18, 1879, Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili (later known as Joseph Stalin) was born in the Russian peasant village of Gori, Georgia.
The son of Bessaryan Jugashvili, a cobbler, and Ketevan Geladze, a washerman, Yusuf was a weak child. At the age of 7, he contracted smallpox, which left his face scorched.
A few years later he was injured in a car accident, leaving his arm slightly deformed (some accounts state that the discomfort in his arm was the result of blood poisoning from the injury).
Stalin always treated life unfairly, and thus developed a strong, romantic desire for greatness and honor, combined with a clever streak of cold-hearted calculating toward those who defame him. He always felt inferior in the face of educated intellectuals and especially mistrusted them.
Sent by his mother to study to become a priest at a seminary in Georgia's capital Tiflis (now Tbilisi), the young Stalin never completed his education and instead soon became fully involved in the city's active revolutionary circles. Have become.