Nothing could be more unlikely than the story spread in the West about "Stalin's third wife" — the mythical Rosa Kaganovich. Aside from the fact that I never saw any "Rosa" in the Kaganovich family, the idea that this legendary Rosa, an intellectual woman (according to the Western version, a doctor), and above all a Jewess, could have captured my father's fancy shows how totally ignorant people were of his true nature; such a possibility was absolutely excluded from his life.
Stalin: The Court of the Red Star, the rumour Stalin married Kaganovich's sister
Rosa was false, but Lazar did have a sister called Rosa, although she died in 1924.
the rumour Stalin married Kaganovich's sister Rosa, was Nazi propaganda, and that Lazar
never even had a sister called Rosa, the sister who died in mid-1920s was named Rakhil.
Georges Bortoli, a French journalist, and specialist on the Soviet Union, wrote in
his 1973 book The Death of Stalin; that Rosa Kaganovich was invented, but, not by
by the press alone(?). Although, all of the Soviet Union, had believed she existed.
Babel tells me that at the time of Alliluyeva's (Stalin's second wife) funeral, thousands of Chekists were posted along the streets leading from the Kremlin to the cemetery of the Monastery of the Virgins, and on the roofs of all the houses, and that all the windows were ordered shut. (I no longer know who told me that Stalin left the funeral procession en route and returned home.) Babel describes Stalin after his domestic drama as more solitary, gloomy, and closed-off than ever , and he adds—]BABEL: A woman had to be got for him. It wasn't easy. Finally, they found Rosa Kaganovich for him...B.S.: Why not so easy?BABEL: (Hesitating, as if reaching for and weighing his words): Ah, well ... because ... you see ... well, in a word, it-was-a-mat-ter-of-sleeping-with-him![He assumed an appalled air, and his eyes widened with horror at the idea of Rosa Kaganovich being handed over to the Minotaur of the Kremlin. The grisly vision made an impression on me, too, and for a moment we were silent, then both broke into long, nervous laughter that made us feel better....]
"At such parties he (Stalin) was always inclined to drink dangerously. Something said by Nadezhda - it may have beenabout another woman, Rosa Kaganovich, who was also present, or about the expropriations in the villages which were dooming the peasants to famine - reduced Stalin to a state of imbecile rage. In front of her friends he poured out a torrent of abuse and obscenity. He was a master of the art of cursing, with an astonishing range of vile phrases and that peculiarly."
"However, it has been established that after the birth of their second child Svetlana, Stalin ceased to share his wife's bed and moved into a small bedroom beside the dinning room of the Kremlin apartment. It has also been stated that, after the Georgian singer's departure for Afghanistan, the woman who was the chief cause of their difference was another dark-eyed beauty, the brunette Rosa Kaganovich, sister of the commissar Lazar, with whom Molotov had previously had an affair. At all events, by 1931 Nadya was thoroughly disillusioned with her husband and most unhappy."
Marriage Reported: Svetlana Dzhugashvili, 26, redheaded daughter of Joseph Dzhugashvili, better known as Stalin; and Mikhail Kaganovich, son of Lazar Kaganovich, longtime Politburo member and Stalin's brother-in-law; in Moscow, July 3. British and Swiss newspapers said the nuptial feast in the Kremlin lasted a fortnight, with refreshments served on Czarist gold plate and sped with pink Crimean champagne, sweet Armenian peach brandy and vodka. Cost: $280,000.