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 resulted in an unintended 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 struggle in 1939 and used to be the Christian technology visual display unit s first guy within the box to hide battling in international struggle II. He pronounced at the Italian invasion of Greece, participated in Churchill s Moscow assembly with Stalin as a employees translator, and unusual 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 gentle 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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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. Like Talmy, three secretary-typists also were from the Bronx. The senior editors, brothers Joe and Bram Feinberg, had come from England a decade 8. Ulam, History of Soviet Russia, 53–54. 010 p1c1 (27-44) 9/18/07 5:59 PM Page 37 The Early Years in Moscow 37 earlier. They mainly concentrated their literary talents on translating Lenin’s works.
From other rooms curious neighbors peered out, trying to make sense of his appearance. Hastily, I grabbed my coat and we went out. His visit to my apartment frightened me. During those times, visits from a foreigner could easily lead to one’s arrest. No one knew my address, even to this day I have no idea how he got it. Also, to this day, Ed has not forgiven me for keeping him waiting for an hour on a subzero windy day on Kusnetsky Most. 13 12. Nina Stevens, memoirs, 74. 13. , 74–75. 010 p1c1 (27-44) 9/18/07 5:59 PM The Early Years in Moscow Page 43 43 It is not possible to know exactly what Edmund Stevens wanted from Russia when he entered the country in 1934.
Closer to home, no week passed without American correspondents being pilloried as spies. The anti-American campaign penetrated even to the child world. Our son and daughter were taunted by their neighborhood playmates as “Amerikantsi,” by now a term of opprobrium. Small wonder our last contacts with Soviet life around us disintegrated rapidly. Even the press department of the Foreign Ministry, through which all our official relations were funneled, now virtually ignored us. Our least request was ignored or refused.