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CHAIRMAN JOSEPH STALIN - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 01/13/1936 - HFSID 285910

JOSEPH STALIN His very rare signature on an autograph note to Defense Commissar Voroshilov on a 1936 report concerning a new military technology! Rare ANS: "J. Stalin" in Russian in light green pencil at upper left of first page of Typed DS by two officials, 2 pages, 8¼x11½. U.S.S.R.

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JOSEPH STALIN
His very rare signature on an autograph note to Defense Commissar Voroshilov on a 1936 report concerning a new military technology!
Rare ANS: "J. Stalin" in Russian in light green pencil at upper left of first page of Typed DS by two officials, 2 pages, 8¼x11½. U.S.S.R., 1936 January 13. Headed: "Report". Stalin has written, in full: "To Comrade Voroshilov/What does this mean?" The report (not translated) concerns the discovery of an infrared detector with military applications. Untranslated notes in red and blue pencil at top of first page. JOSEPH STALIN (1879-1953) was General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party from 1922-1953. After Lenin's death in 1924, he eliminated his opposition and established himself as dictator. Stalin's "Great Purge" from 1936-1938 rid the Communist Party of all the people who had brought him to power. Soviet Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov estimated that more than 1.2 million party members (more than half the party) were arrested between 1936 and 1939, of which 600,000 died by torture, execution or perished in the Gulag, Soviet forced labor (concentration) camps. KLIMENT VOROSHILOV (1881-1969) was a member of the Politburo (1926-1952) and People's Commissar for Defense (1934-1940) and was personally involved in the Great Purge. He was named a marshal of the Soviet Union in 1935. Voroshilov was removed from his post as Defense Commissar after defeats in the Russo-Finnish War (1939-1940). From 1953-1957, he was Chairman of the Presidium. Stalin's autograph is one of the rarest of all 20th century world leaders. Portions underlined in blue pencil. Paper gouged out from blank left margin of both pages, slightly nicked at right edges.

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