the only warm feelings I have left are for my children and VI [Lenin]…It’s as if my heart has died.”. He sent a doctor, who reported pneumonia. Trotsky himself recalled this campaign of innuendo in an article written on Krupskaya's death in 1939: ...within the ranks of the apparatus they systematically compromised her, blackened her, degraded her, and in the ranks of the Komsomol [Communist Youth] spread the crudest and most ridiculous scandals'. Krupskaya wrote a full organisational report to be delivered by Julius Martov, but this was never presented due to the sharp disagreements over political and organisational questions that rent the congress and split the party. Thus Krupskaya spent her last years miserably, in the knowledge that many of her generation of revolutionaries had been physically or morally destroyed by the Stalin regime, and uncertain that a restoration of Soviet democracy was a near prospect.
She was raised in a family of noble but impoverished parents. Police repression escalated and both Lenin and Krupskaya were arrested that year. Soon after Lenin's death in early 1924, Krupskaya learned of a decision by the ascendant group in the party leadership to embalm Lenin's body and place it on permanent display in a Moscow mausoleum. She also made significant contributions to Bolshevik feminist theory. ( Log Out / These memoirs present a realistic and politically well-informed portrait of a figure so often, before and since, distorted by hagiography or venom. ( Log Out / While essentially powerless to affect the course of Stalin's terror, Krupskaya attempted to save the lives of the Old Bolsheviks facing the execution squads. Food? Krupskaya became a member of this circle, and it was at one of its meetings, in 1894, that she met Lenin for the first time. She is said to have told Kamenev at this time: "If Lenin were alive today, he would be in jail.".
Eight days later, in a lead-lined coffin, she arrived in Moscow at dawn. In line with Lenin's express wishes, Krupskaya attempted to have his testament read out at the 13th party congress in May 1924. After Lenin’s death Krupskaya’s life took an extremely tragic turn.
Krupskaya continued to play her central organisational role in the separate Bolshevik apparatus established after the split in 1903. This ‘change of heart’ appears inconsistent, but worse still she seemed to have strayed from her long-held stance on the rights of women. In May 1927 Krupskaya, in a letter to Pravda, announced that she no longer supported the Opposition.
Stalin himself rarely appears in the narrative. She had a very active political life, 1903 onwards. Krupskaya continued at the centre of organisational work. Most of the literature available was conservative and orthodox.