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Offline Daudi72

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Question: Stalin & his father
« on: December 29, 2009, 11:18:52 AM »
I recall reading an anecdote about Stalin and his father but for the life of me, I can't remember where I saw it and have been unable to track down the reference. Any help verifying, correcting or disproving the story would be a great help as I want to use it a book I'm writing (unrelated to Russian history) that’s due in to the publisher in 7 days! The anecdote as I remember it:

Stalin was a boy, about eight years old, when an important man came to the door of the family house. Stalin's father slapped him in the face, knowing that the trauma of the unexpected blow would keep Joseph from forgetting the man.

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Re: Question: Stalin & his father
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2009, 07:37:46 PM »
I wasn't entirely clear. In the anecdote as I remember it, Stalin's father slapped young JOSEPH, so that Joseph would remember. (He didn't slap the man who came to the door.) The idea is that the rush of neurotransmitters in a moment of trauma can seal a memory within the brain.
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