By Stephen William.
Josef Stalin as many people will know, was dictator of the Soviet Union from the mid- 1920s until his death in the early 1950s. He as many people will also know, was a brutal tyrant who was responsible for many millions of people’s deaths and was nicknamed “The Red Czar.” This was because of the similarity of his regime to the brutality practiced by his Imperialist predecessors.
Stalin was also apparently a pronounced atheist, and the official doctrine of the Soviet Union regime was “State Atheism.” This position not only disapproved of Christianity , but of Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. This extended to the shamanic and mystic
beliefs of the peoples of Soviet Eastern states and the Far North of the Soviet Union, also . However, despite this public stance by this violent dictator ,he did appear to acknowledge the existence of the Supernatural by his appointment of a Psychic during World War Two and during the Cold War period !
He was Wolf Messing; He was born into a poor religious Polish Jewish family in the small town of Gora Kalwaria. His date of birth was the 10th of September 1899 .
He grew up in poverty with a loving mother, but a harsh disciplinarian father .He however was an outstanding student at scripture classes at school. He apparently had a near photographic memory for Biblical verse. So much so that he was invited to join a local Yeshiva , a Jewish seminary school with the aim of training to be a rabbi . Yet young Wolf appears to have resented his time there and the repeated beatings he received from his father at home. He decided to run away from home and search the world for a better life at the early age of just twelve.
At the local railroad station, he boarded a train to Berlin and as he had no ticket , hid under a seat in a railcar which had few people in it. Unfortunately, he fell asleep and his legs began to stick out, which was noticed by the conductor when he came to inspect the passengers’ tickets. The conductor demanded to see Wolf’s ticket and the rudely awakened Wolf desperately snatched a piece of blank wastepaper and presented it to the conductor as a ticket !
He by his own account has recounted “ Our gazes met , I desperately wanted him to believe It was a ticket”.” It is a ticket, it is a ticket,” Wolf mentally willed to him. The conductor returned the” ticket” and asked him why he was sleeping hidden on the floor ,when he had a valid ticket! This apparently was the first time Wolf was aware that his “power” of suggestion had manifested itself.
When he arrived in Berlin, he made his way to the Dragonstrasse a street/ area inhabited mainly by poor Jewish people to find work and somewhere to live. Some cynics may wonder how a young Pole who was still a child, would have communicated with people in Germany. However, the Jews of Eastern Europe often spoke in Yiddish, which originated amongst the Jewish population of Germany in medieval times and was based mainly on German. This would have helped him understand gentile Germans as well. He worked at poorly paid menial jobs and barely could afford to eat. This caused him to suffer from malnutrition. One day the impoverished young boy fainted in the street from hunger .
The hospital where he was taken fed and nursed back to health, had medical staff that noticed that the boy had almost telepathic abilities. For example, a kindly doctor was thinking that Wolf’s uncared for condition should be reported to the police. Wolf fearing possible deportation or being put into a boys home ,begged him not to do so. The astonished doctor said to “I did not say that “ Wolf replied “but you thought it ! ”
This doctor and a psychiatrist within the hospital conducted tests on Wolf and found that he did have “telepathic” and other mental abilities beyond normal comprehension. As he was unwilling to enter a home or institution and needed to earn a living one of the doctors’ contacted a theatrical agent called Zellmeister who hired young Messing out to a freak show called the Berlin Panoptikum. He was billed as the “Boy Wonder” He developed a mind reading act eventually ,which astonished people by “hearing their thoughts” and then making predictions for them. He then progressed to the more upmarket Berlin Wintergarten . His main act was finding objects hidden by the audience with amazing accuracy. His inexplicable abilities then caused him to be hired by the Busch Circus which toured throughout Europe.
Whilst on visits in Vienna , he apparently met both Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein. He demonstrated his abilities to their astonishment and they could not rationally explain how he could perform them. As well as his time in Europe, he then toured Japan, Brazil, Argentina and other Asian and South American countries .World War One which had brok
en out by then , did not affect these countries so badly, therefore keeping Wolf safe from harm. In 1921 he returned to Poland internationally famous and now had a new manager, a Pole called Kobak .In the now peaceful world (for a while) he toured with his famous mind reading act . He was a successful and famous psychic when he returned to his native Poland also.
This success continued for well over decade and Messing was apparently one of the most famous psychic’s and mystic performers in interwar Europe. Many people were aware he was no mere conjurer and there was a paranormal element to his work. However, in 1937 at one of his appearances at a theater in Warsaw , he suddenly predicted that any German attack on Russia would end in Germany’s eventual destruction ! This prediction (and eventually correct prophecy) was well received by the Polish audience ,
who were acutely aware of Nazi Germany’s potential menace. Unfortunately for Wolf ,news of this prophecy was relayed back to Germany which apparently terrified and enraged Adolf Hitler !
In 1939 ,Nazi Germany invaded Poland which also caused Britain and France to declare war on Germany and start what became World War Two. The German government under the direction of Hitler put a price of 200,000 Reichmarks on Messing’s head. A vast sum of money for the time , well over a million dollars in modern time values! Wolf went into hiding in his native hometown and then travelled to nearby Warsaw to arrange his exit from Poland. Unfortunately, whilst there he was recognised by a Nazi German patrol and savagely beaten up and then dragged off to the nearest police station and dumped in a cell to await his fate.
By his own account Wolf , in fear for his life decided to telepathically “will” the police guards outside the building to come into the building and join their colleagues. He then telepathically “willed” all the police officers to gather in his cell ,which he projected to them was empty. This exercise of “mass hypnosis” does seem totally improbable but given his previous record of such feats and ones he performed whilst working in the Soviet Union later in his career, it seems to fit in with his reported abilities . He then managed to lock the duped/mesmerised/ spellbound(!?) police into the cell and escaped to a brave performer friend’s house and arrange his escape to the still open border to the Soviet Union. Escape to Western Europe was impossible as Germany blocked all routes to Britain and France as they were now at war with them.
Once in the Soviet Union, he managed to contact the Ministry of Culture and probably because of his fame , he managed to be enrolled in an entertainment troupe touring Soviet army posts. This did not go too well at first because of his poor Russian. Also because of his foreign background , he was considered a potential spy by some soldiers. However, he began to gain the confidence of some leading Soviet officials (no doubt using his telepathic abilities to do so!) and eventually one of these high-ranking men ,drew Stalin’s attention to his abilities.
When Wolf Messing met Stalin , the dictator personally questioned him on his political views and commitment to his new “homeland.” Messing was then given two hard and seemingly impossible tasks to perform to confirm his abilities . They were:
Withdraw 100,000 Roubles from a branch of the State Bank using only a blank sheet of paper, by pretending it was a real cheque.
Enter Stalin’s personal presence without any invitation or authorization to do so. (i.e., bypass all his heavily armed security without being shot or arrested .)
To both the Soviet authorities and Stalin’s amazement ,he managed to achieve both easily !