For better or worse—and usually for the better—mothers are the individuals who have the greatest influence over our early lives. Anna Rosenbaum had a mixed influence on her famous daughter Ayn Rand. Ayn was born Alissa Rosenbaum in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1905 to a middle-class Jewish family. The family found its future and fortunes destroyed by the 1917 Communist Revolution. Fortunately, young Ayn was able to escape and make her way to America, leaving behind a repressive dictatorship and a collectivist culture that oppressed individualism.
What do we know about the mother whom Ayn left behind?