Lenin and church

Taken from the blog Stalin’s Moustache. This quote is in response to the question of whether or not Lenin attended church.  Lenin’s wife, Krupskaya, mentions in her memoir that they regularly attended church during their time in London, in 1902-03.

“He visited eating houses and churches. In English churches the service is usually followed by a short lecture and a debate. Ilyich was particularly fond of those debates, because ordinary workers took part in them … Once we wandered into a socialist church. There are such churches in England. The socialist in charge was droning through the Bible, and then delivered a sermon to the effect that the exodus of the Jews from Egypt symbolized the exodus of the workers from the kingdom of capitalism to the kingdom of socialism. Everyone stood up and sang from a socialist hymn-book: ‘Lead us, O Lord, from the Kingdom of Capitalism to the Kingdom of Socialism’. We went to that church again afterwards – it was the Seven Sisters Church.”

Krupskaya, Reminiscences of Lenin, pp. 72-3.

 

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