STALIN THE UGLY DWARF

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While Joseph Stalin’s cult of personality, subsequent statues, and certain photos and paintings may have you thinking he was a giant of a man, in truth the former Soviet leader and glorious moustache owner was only around 5 feet 5 inches tall (165 cm).

The West’s leftist media has been largely responsible for creating the myth of the dwarfish Georgian bank robber being ‘The Iron Man’. ‘Ownership of the media is in the hands of the perpetrators.’ ~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Despite his being under average height, the much-medalled Stalin who never saw a battlefield in his life went to some rather extreme lengths to hide his true height, as well as other shortcomings, from the general public.

Stalin’s tendency to try to make himself appear taller was no doubt spurred on by comments such as the one United States President Harry Truman, (5’ 8’ same as Hitler) referring to Stalin as ‘little squirt’. Likewise, Grigol Uratadze, a man who was imprisoned alongside Stalin during his time as a brigand, described him as unassuming with a ‘creeping way of walking, taking short steps. Milovan Đilas, a former Yugoslavian politician mentioned that he was ‘small’ with an ‘ungainly build’ in a later book describing their encounters.

Along with his below average stature, Stalin’s left arm was shorter than his right with a withered hand due to an injury he sustained at age 12 when he was hit by a horse and ultimately suffered severe blood poisoning.

Winston Churchill (5 ft 6 in.), Harry Truman (5 ft 8 in), Joseph Stalin (5 ft. 5 in.)

Although Stalin retained most of the use of his left arm throughout his life, it was noticeably more stiff and clumsy than his preferred limb and he was reportedly unable to fully extend his elbow from that age onward. He mostly hid this injury by folding his hands over one another when taking photographs or by putting his left hand into his pocket.

On top of this, Stalin’s face was covered in ugly pockmarks from a bout of near fatal smallpox he contracted at age 7, which he hid in later life with, among other methods, his gloriously maintained facial hair.

Despite all this, Stalin’s cult of personality painted a very different picture, as did the actual artists who painted him.  Presumably because of the fact that displeasing Stalin was a great way to find yourself no longer breathing, most every ‘official’ photo, painting and sculpture of the Father of Nations depicts him as being a man of gigantic size who towered over his subordinates.

Stalin also insisted that Mikheil Gelovani, an actor given Stalin’s personal blessing to portray him in films and other propaganda, not accept roles that would require him to portray ‘a mere mortal’ because of how similar in appearance the two men were (though Gelovani was much taller).

To maintain this illusion in face-to-face meetings, Stalin also took to wearing boots with cleverly masked, significantly raised heels and would often pose for photos while standing on a raised platform or positioned well in front of or above those around him.

Of course, few of Stalin’s subordinates would dare ever make fun of Stalin’s penchant for trying to look taller, and the propaganda machine continually depicting him as having ‘characteristics akin to those of a god,’ according to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, no doubt helped them rationalize Stalin’s need to maintain the image.

However, the same cannot be said for the likes of President Truman and Winston Churchill who both found the lengths Stalin went to make himself appear taller amusing when they met with him. Yet, Winston Churchill (5’5”), clearly no Adonis, was the same size as the Soviet dictator.

Besides the high heels, platforms in photographs, and exaggerated stature in paintings, Stalin’s private residence in Sochi was specially constructed with his frame in mind and everything in it, from the chairs to the staircase were made slightly smaller than usual so that Stalin could use them perfectly comfortably and otherwise appear especially tall in stature.

Even his pool was only a little over four feet deep at its maximum depth because he couldn’t swim (he did, however, enjoy taking little walks back and forth in it) and didn’t want to be submerged if he ventured into the deep end.

Other features of Stalin’s mansion, which you can still tour today, include a smaller than regulation size billiards table complete with a smaller than average, weighted cue the dictator used to make his shots more powerful.

Not that he needed it because, once in power, Stalin reportedly never lost a single game of billiards against any of his guards. No doubt this had something to do with the fact that Stalin could have any of his guards killed if they displeased him.

According to one of the mansion’s tour guides, Anna Hovantseva, Stalin absolutely insisted that his mansion didn’t have any carpet purely so that he could hear people coming. 

Stalin was notoriously paranoid, and even had the exterior walls of his mansion painted the same shade of green as the trees outside to help camouflage the building from the air. Beyond that, the exterior walls of the building are approximately 2.3 ft thick (70 cm) for security reasons.

Stalin was born, loseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, but later changed his name to Stalin evoking the Russian word ‘Stal’ which means steel, which he felt was more powerful and intimidating. Born a native Georgian, Stalin attempted to disguise this fact in later life, painting himself as a Russian man through and through.

Another famed leader who is equally famous for being short of stature, Napoleon Bonaparte, actually wasn’t, at least by the standards of the day and region he lived in. The myth that he was short stems primarily from the fact that he is listed as 5 feet 2 inches tall at the time of his death. 

However, this is 5 feet 2 inches in French units.  In modern international units, he was just shy of 5 feet 7 inches.   At the time in France, the average height for an adult male was about 5 feet 5 inches in modern international units.  So in fact, he was slightly above average in height for his day. The so called ‘Napoleon Complex’ named after him, describes men who have an inferiority complex or more aptly ‘Short Man Syndrome’. ~ Source 1 Michael Walsh books.

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