In 1933 a unique boarding school was set up in Russia to provide a home for the children of revolutionaries around the world - the children of Mao, Tito and La Pasionaria passed through its doors. It still exists, though few of its pupils today are foreign.

In 1939, a nine-year-old Palestinian girl found herself alone, sobbing her heart out in a Russian children's home.

"I remember how much I cried. It hurt," Daulia Saadi explains, more than 70 years later.

Saadi's mother was returning to Lebanon, to rejoin the communist struggle she had left a few years earlier - and to rejoin Saadi's father, who was secretary of the banned Communist Party of Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

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