"I'm working for the Rothschilds!" - Josif Jughashvili (Stalin), 1901
British-Jewish historian Simon Sebag-Montefiore and his 2008 book Young Stalin
Sebag-Monterfiore's second biography on Stalin is four years old now, but I've only just brought it. Like the previous book it contains information other court historians wouldn't dare print. In his first first Stalin biography, Sebag-Montefiore admits the phantom Rosa Kaganovich did exist, even though his gentile but clearly more kosher contemporary, insists the Nazis just made her up. He also reveals that Stalin, the supposed "Jew hater", was surrounded by Jewish beauties during his regime's most murderous periods.
In his book Young Stalin, Sebag-Monterfiore gives numerous details of how in 1901 the Rothschilds employed Stalin in their oil refinery in Batumi, how there is evidence he "was henceforth in secret contact with the Rothschilds mangagement - the start of his murky but lucrative relationship with the oil barons", and how the Rothschilds financed the Bolsheviks. Which is fairly remarkable! Sebag-Monterfiore is himself related, although fairly distantly, to the Rothschild family. He and Nathaniel Philip Rothschild are both great-great-great-great-great grandsons of Levi Barent-Cohen, the great-great uncle of Karl Marx.
"Being Jewish means everything to me," Sebag-Montefiore's quoted as saying, although he married a giyoret, something he admits his parents would rather he hadn't done. Below is a family tree for the Sebag-Montefiores I've knocked-up, showing their connections to the Barent-Cohen and Rothschild families. A more complete, but far older family tree of the Cohen and Montefiore "pedigree" can be viewed in this 1919 book penned by one of the clan.
Below I've reproduce pages from the ebook version of Young Stalin (that's why the page numbering look strange) which mention the Rothschilds dealings with Stalin and the Bolsheviks. Sebag-Montefiore writes:
"It remains astonishing how the Rothschilds and other oil barons, among the richest tycoons in Europe, funded the Bolsheviks, who would ultimately destroy their interests." (p.159)
But later admits in a footnote (sometimes referred to as "hiding"):
"In 1912, Eduard de Rothschild, Alphonse’s son, sold most of the Rothschild interests in Baku to Royal Dutch Shell, then headed by Henri Deterding. The Rothschilds took most of their payment in Royal Dutch Shell shares. This proved a classically brilliant Rothschild deal. The Rothschilds eschewed oil investments in Russia for almost a century- making another fortune in the Russian oil boom of the twenty-first century." (p.344)
So the Rothschilds sold their interests in Russia five years before the Bolsheviks (who they funded) seized power.