By Cheryl Heckler
Idealistic American Edmund Stevens arrived in Moscow in 1934 to do his half for the development of overseas Communism. His task writing propaganda ended in an unintentional occupation 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 started his journalism profession reporting at the Russo-Finnish conflict in 1939 and used to be the Christian technology visual display unit s first guy within the box to hide struggling with in global conflict II. He said at the Italian invasion of Greece, participated in Churchill s Moscow assembly with Stalin as a employees translator, and amazing 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 non-public Stevens, portraying a reporter adapting to new roles and conditions with a ability that reporters at the present time may perhaps good emulate.
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Along with volunteers from Communist groups throughout Europe and Russia who fought for the Loyalists. The Fascists and Nazis lined up to help the Nationalists. In July 1936, the Comintern urged support for the Loyalists, fearing that Russia would be more vulnerable to Nazi invasion if the Nationalists won. At the same time, though, Stalin hesitated to provide direct military aid. Eventually, Russia provided arms, money, aircraft, and military supplies. 9. Edmund Stevens, memoirs, 22–24. 010 p1c1 (27-44) 38 9/18/07 5:59 PM Page 38 An Accidental Journalist • • • Prior to the purge, the attitude toward foreigners was fairly relaxed.
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. Whatever happened, as a Jew, his chances of survival would have been virtually nil. After Stalin’s death, Koltsov was posthumously rehabilitated, without any additional word as to his fate.
An understanding of how certain events affected him personally. His coverage of the Kharkov hanging demonstrated sympathy for the Ukrainians who had endured the horrors of the Wassen SS and who then hanged some of the Nazi soldiers after the city was liberated. Yet, in his memoirs, he ruminated the circumstances that allowed the citizens of Kharkov to stand emotionless as the sentences were carried out. 4. An often humorous contrast between the events he reported and the fuller accounts behind them.