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 ended 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 occupation reporting at the Russo-Finnish conflict in 1939 and used to be the Christian technological know-how computer screen s first guy within the box to hide battling 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 exceptional 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 this day may good emulate.
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About five years my senior, Leo volunteered to fight in Spain, and I never again heard from him. Frankly, I assume he died on some Spanish battlefield. Another friend, who probably shared his fate, was a young Englishman, Harry Scott, also a member of the English section staff in those early years. Not many of those who went to help the Spanish Republic were to survive unscathed. Most tragic was the fate of brilliant journalist Mikhail Koltsov. 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.
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But early in 1949 we suddenly discovered that we were constantly being spied upon. Whenever someone entered or left the garden gate in front of our onestory log house a curtain in a window opposite was raised slightly. Young men, too well dressed for loiterers, lounged on nearby corners or strolled back and forth outside. Friends who dropped in were followed home, and in due course called in for questioning. Our next-door neighbors, too, were grilled, and though we had known them for years, they took to avoiding us utterly.