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Something Else Madeleine Wasn't Told

  • A European researcher has found Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's family tree goes all the way back to the Kremlin and the Bolshevik Revolution.
By Alyn Denham

With Kremlin permission, personnel from three European nations are assigned to the former Soviet KGB's Historical Records Section. For more than 18 months their primary goal has been the determination of the fate of Western nationals reported to have been imprisoned during the Stalin regime.

Even though their search is vastly limited they occasionally uncover interesting tidbits that escape the surveillance of their hosts. One such item was the record of a 1930 speech made by Josef Stalin to members of the Young Communists League at the University of Moscow, according to a reliable European source.

The man Stalin credited with an "important role in the success of the Bolshevik Revolution, and the outstanding achievement in funding current and future party goals," was Martin Kerbel, Madeleine Albright's grandfather.

According to the records, Stalin referred to Kerbel as 'my right arm."

Kerbel is said to have traveled extensively throughout the world, especially the United States, gathering cash and pledges from banks, multinational companies, well-heeled Jewish temples, industrialists and grants extended by the U.S. government. Many of his fund-seeking travels were financed by U.S. foundations.