I Chose Freedom is melodramatic in title only. It is the work of an average communist party member during the Stalin era. Kravchenko was a technocrat who. VICTOR KRAVCHENKO: I CHOSE FREEDOM- THE PERSONAL AND POLITICAL LIFE OF A SOVIET OFFICIAL Translator: Péter Konok A few years ago the. Raymond Arthur Davies argued in Soviet Russia Today, a journal published by the American Communist Party that Kravchenko “chose freedom to advocate.
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Kravchenko was a technocrat who miraculously cut through the totalitarian fabric of Stalinist ideology to demonstrate the bureaucratization of Soviet life and the annihilation of genuine intermediate social structures, such as families, trade unions, pr I Chose Freedom is melodramatic in title only.
Kravchenko was a technocrat who miraculously cut through the totalitarian fabric of Stalinist ideology to demonstrate the bureaucratization of Soviet life and the annihilation of genuine intermediate social structures, such as families, trade unions, professional and religious organizations. If one is to acquire a real appreciation of the magnitude of changes underway in the Soviet Union, one must first review the actual character of the totalitarian inheritance.
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This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [how victro can downloading this book? See all 3 questions about I Chose Freedom…. Lists with This Book. Dec 25, dina rated it it was amazing. I found this book the original Charles Scribner’s and Sons hardcover edition in the Harbin Hot Springs library, to which I solemnly intend to return it. It is a mind-blowing story, told by a man who rose to near the very top of the Soviet Party and then defected to the US ffeedom the mid ‘s.
The translator is not named, but he is clearly a superb writer; the book is gripping, even freecom – I won’t lie – it is long. The editing a I found this book the original Charles Scribner’s and Sons hardcover edition in the Harbin Hot Springs library, to which I solemnly intend to return it. The editing and the language is worthy of a great novel I don’t say that lightlybut it is entirely a true story, feverishly written in u months after the escape.
A story like this kravchenkoo being heard in the West for the first time, and lead to a large libel trial in France, but it was corroborated by numerous others. He lived through fantastic man-made famines and Stalin’s purges, chosee as an idealistic son of a revolutionary, and later as a “confirmed enemy of the regime”. This man’s strength and intelligence is otherworldly; his whole family and many friends were killed in revenge for his speaking out, so the least we can do is read his story.
In it are also the stories of scores of friends, colleagues, aquaintances, lovers, and others he had encountered; the energy and frenetic pace of his life alone are staggering. It might seem obviously relevant to me and my family’s history, but it needs to be read by everyone everywhere who has ever given a thought to the nature of power and evil or to the meaning of strength and goodness. It is also a profoundly compelling first-hand account of some of the key events in the 20th century history, and as we all know, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
This article tells the story of his son and the aftermath, but don’t let it be a substitute for the book itself, which will not disappoint you.
Victor Kravchenko (defector)
Really, nobody has read this? My interest comes from these lines in his wikipedia article: His inspiration came from a paranoia stemming from his “Trial of the Century” and the McCarthy’s, so-called,”anti-communist witch hunt”.
Kravchenko realized that the western world engaged in injustices against humanity resembling the regime he originally fled from. Upon this he then chos Really, nobody has read this? Upon this he then chose different ways to counter-act exploitation and Stalinist development by moving to Bolivia, the location of his apparent suicide.
These ways included investing his profits made from “I Chose Freedom” into an attempt to organize poor farmers into new collectives. Nov 12, Mohamed Fares rated it it was amazing.
This book was my grandfather’s gift to my mom ,Reading such a heritage meant a lot to me especially when it belongs to a dear person. Mar 21, Kateryna Martynenko rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 27, Pat Schakelvoort rated it liked it Shelves: Kravchenko was one of the first defectors from the Soviet Union, in a time when defecting from the Soviet Union wasn’t cool.
It doesn’t bring any new information on the situation in the Soviet Union, but it does point out a lot of the Soviet bureaucracy as well.
In the last pages it does point out the American handling of the relations with the Soviet Union during the second world war: The Americans refrained from any criticism towards the Soviet Union, because of the Soviet sensitivity. The aut Kravchenko was one of the first defectors from the Soviet Union, in a time when defecting from the Soviet Union wasn’t cool. The author states that during that time almost every ally of the United States was criticised instead of the Soviet Union.
Feb 27, Travis rated it really liked it Shelves: It is an autobiography. Stalin is 10x Hitler. The closed society was very good at turning their own people against each other and creating such an environment of fear that nobody would dare speak out against the most insidious decisions from Moscow. I would read this again, and recommend it to anyone. Jul 16, Nataliya Borys rated it it was amazing. A must-read and a life-changer. Reading this book was really scary. After this book, nothing can make you like Stalin and the Soviet Union.
Kravchenko was one of the first defectors from the Soviet Union, persecuted, he killed himself in the USA. A powerful first-hand account of an apparatchik who survived the multiple Stalinist purges of the Communist party and Soviet leadership replete with echoes of words from the contemporary leftist political ranks uttered unknowingly of their prior life at A must-read and a life-changer.
A powerful first-hand account of an apparatchik who survived the multiple Stalinist purges of the Communist party and Soviet leadership replete with echoes of words from the contemporary leftist political ranks uttered unknowingly of their prior life at the murderous hands of Josef Stalin.
I Chose Freedom by Victor Kravchenko
Aug 11, Doug Hauser rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 27, Lawrence rated it it was amazing. If one is to acquire a real appreciation of the magnitude of changes underway in the I Chose Freedom is melodramatic in title only. Jul 20, Rachel Hirstwood rated it it was amazing.
Please note – I read an abridged version of the book – only pages not Vixtor chose freedom, despite it’s dreadful cover and the smell of dust emanating from my copy, was such a powerful book.
It is the life of Victor Kravchenco. He describes how he became involved in the communist party and eventually became a most trusted member of the Soviet govenment. I would love to quote big sections of the book, but I will try and resist. Kravchenko was born in the Ukraine when it was part of Tsarist Ru Please note – I read an abridged version of the book – only pages not Kravchenko was born in the Ukraine when it was part of Tsarist Russiaand had a revolutionary father who spent many years in prison.
But Kravchenko inherited a basic socialist ideal from him. As Kravchenko grew kkravchenko he became invoved in the youth communist party, and then was accepted into the party proper when he was in twenties.
Since Kravchenko had some agricultural experience growing up in the countryside he was sent out to supervise the collectivisation of farming. It was perhaps here, that Kravchenko has his forst doubts about the party as he saw for himself that collectivisation had a result of famine and death.
He says “we denounced as ‘anti-soviet rumours’ what we knew as towering fact”. Despite these doubts Kravchenko stays in the party – indeed, what choice did have, you don’t leave the party. And the book continues to describe chos years of Stalin’s purges cleansing the Soviet Communist Party from withinforced labour camps, child forced labour The list is sickening and seemingly endless. To be honest I was unsure whether to believe the reason why a sick worker wouldn’t go to the dr to be excused work.
Here is the answer. If the worker queued to see the doctor it could make them late for work, if the dorctor then freeedom they were fit for work, then they were in for forced labour in Siberia or worse. By the time the USSR was brought into the second world war kragchenko Hitler invading them despite their friendship pactthe Soviet Union was woefully unprepared.
Kravchenko is promoted to the government level of the Party to oversee the production of equipment for the war effort. But he also describes how in his position he has all the responsibility and no ability to share his load downwards.
He is constnantly monitored by the NKVD secret police both at home kravchrnko at owrk they search his possessions his furniture, looking for anything incriminating. Eventually as the Soviet Union cannot produce munitions quicky enough, they enter into an agreement with the USA to be supplied with raw materials and products.
Here Kravchenko sees his chance to get away. He is sent to oversee the aquisition of products under the agreeement, and after seven months, manages to defect. I read this book after it was mention by Doris Lessing inher autobigraphy. She said it would change anyone’s view if they were pro-communist, and she is right.
I Chose Freedom
Despite having studied Stalin’s policies for myself many years kravcehnko, I still have a communist leaning – one that I know in my heart is naive, knowing that power corrupts, and knowing the evidence of every country that has tried communism has become a dictorship totalitarian state – which wasn’t the point of communism, but always the result. I am glad to have read this side of the story. I have read all of Solzhenytsins books still cant spell his name though!
Unfortunaztely I can also quite believe that the story has been sanitised to an extent for the mass market. Mar 04, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref Shelves: