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By Cheryl Heckler

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Idealistic American Edmund Stevens arrived in Moscow in 1934 to do his half for the development of overseas Communism. His activity writing propaganda ended 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 struggle in 1939 and was once the Christian technology visual display unit s first guy within the box to hide combating in international conflict II. He said at the Italian invasion of Greece, participated in Churchill s Moscow assembly with Stalin as a employees translator, and exotic 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 this day may good emulate.

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He wrote as one trying to explain to his readers the unfolding revolution in one particular region and the impact that revolution had on both the common citizen of its country as well as the leadership and economic, social, and political structure. Along with his professional skill and ambition, Edmund Stevens also was a conflicted man: at times charming but ultimately self-centered; a distant, analytical journalist and yet a man who was remarkably sentimental with his own children; a husband with many dalliances around the world and yet one who proclaimed in florid prose absolute devotion to his Nina; one accustomed to monetary comfort and yet seemingly unable to save a penny for his own future.

Anyone who had collaborated or rubbed elbows with Trotskyites even for the common cause, Stalin deemed tainted and suspect. This was especially so once the purge and the treason trials got under way. The purge, responsive to Stalin’s obsession with Spain, went witch-hunting. Another prominent writer who came close to sharing Koltsov’s fate was Ilya Ehrenburg. Like Koltsov, he had been actively involved in covering the Spanish Civil War. Many years afterward when I asked him how he 010 p1c1 (27-44) 9/18/07 5:59 PM The Early Years in Moscow Page 39 39 had managed to survive, for an answer he produced a creased paper that he unfolded.

It called for building steel mills, automobile plants, and other giants of heavy industry. 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.

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