By Cheryl Heckler
Idealistic American Edmund Stevens arrived in Moscow in 1934 to do his half for the development of foreign Communism. His activity writing propaganda resulted in an unintended profession in journalism and an eventual Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for his uncensored descriptions of Stalin s purges. The longest-serving American-born correspondent operating from in the Soviet Union, Stevens all started his journalism occupation reporting at the Russo-Finnish battle in 1939 and used to be the Christian technology computer screen s first guy within the box to hide combating in international warfare II. He said at the Italian invasion of Greece, participated in Churchill s Moscow assembly with Stalin as a employees translator, and distinctive himself as a correspondent with the British military in North Africa. Drawing on Stevens s memoirs in addition to his articles and correspondence, Heckler sheds new mild on either the general public and the personal Stevens, portraying a reporter adapting to new roles and conditions with a ability that newshounds at the present time may possibly good emulate.
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They mainly concentrated their literary talents on translating Lenin’s works. All the staff had surrendered their passports and taken Soviet citizenship. After being interviewed on my background and qualifications, I was given a form to fill out and hired as an editor for a monthly salary of three hundred rubles. Like almost everything in the Soviet-planned economy, the publishing house had a plan to fulfill so many pages and so many titles, each with a deadline. More than half of the material was ideological and heavy-going like Stalin’s Problems of Leninism.
He covered the Spanish Civil War for Pravda. After his return in 1938, he was first honored by being elected to the RSFSR Supreme Soviet and made associate member of the Academy of Sciences. ” It gave no further details. In the jargon of the purge, he was “repressed”—not shot, but sent to a Gulag penal colony. According to rumor, he was charged with spying for Lord Beaverbrook. The big Soviet encyclopedia states that Koltsov died in Kiev in April of 1942, without giving any details of how he died or why he was in Kiev, which was then under Nazi occupation.
It also meant leveling churches, monasteries, and other historic landmarks that lent Moscow its charm and attested to its central role in Russian culture. The employment of foreign specialists meant providing them with adequate living conditions. Blocks of flats were built for them, shops called “Torgsin” (acronym for “Trade with Foreigners”) sold superior quality foodstuffs and consumer goods for foreign currency or in exchange for gold or other items of value, like the present-day “Beryozka” (“Birch Tree”) shops.
An Accidental Journalist: The Adventures of Edmund Stevens, 1934-1945 by Cheryl Heckler