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By Cheryl Heckler

Idealistic American Edmund Stevens arrived in Moscow in 1934 to do his half for the development of foreign Communism. His task writing propaganda resulted in an unintentional 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 warfare in 1939 and used to be the Christian technological know-how visual display unit s first guy within the box to hide battling in global warfare II. He stated at the Italian invasion of Greece, participated in Churchill s Moscow assembly with Stalin as a employees translator, and extraordinary 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 situations with a ability that newshounds this day may possibly good emulate.

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On the other side of October 25th Street (formerly Nikolskaya), which led into Red Square, was GUM (State Universal Shop), Moscow’s largest department store, which stretched the full length of Red Square across from the Kremlin. One of our puns was, if you want your money’s worth, eschew GUM. I presented my letter of introduction to the chief of the English language section, an American in his early forties named Talmy, who had a Bronx accent. Most of the staff was Jewish, save for the Chinese.

We had different passports. He could never make a living in Russia. He had only a BA degree from Columbia and no professional skill. As for me, they would never let me leave Russia. I thought I should stop seeing him. Our next rendezvous was to be on one evening at Kusnetsky Most. I didn’t go; instead, I went to a nearby factory and accepted a job there as an apprentice, and started work the next day. , returning home exhausted and after supper going straight to bed. From chiseling metal parts, my hands were ruined by the tailings.

Edmund Stevens, memoirs, 21–22, 33–39. 7. Tim Rees and Andrew Thorpe, International Communism and the Communist International, 1919–1943, 1. 010 p1c1 (27-44) 9/18/07 5:59 PM Page 36 36 An Accidental Journalist The Russian example was to serve as the obligatory model for foreign Communists both before and after the conquest of power in their own lands. . The Comintern was to be strongly centralized, the resolutions and directives of the Comintern’s congresses and of the Executive Committee of the Third International being binding on all individual parties.

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