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: PĂ©ter 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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But Kravchenko inherited a basic socialist ideal from him.

As a survivor of both Soviet and Nazi concentration campsher testimony corroborated Kravchenko’s allegations concerning the essential similarities between the two dictatorships. Return to Book Page. kravcchenko

I Chose Freedom

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. 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.

Kravchenko is promoted to the government level of the Party to oversee the production of equipment for the war effort. Really, nobody has read this? Retrieved from ” https: I am glad to have read this side of the story.

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. A must-read and a life-changer. These ways included investing his profits made from “I Chose Freedom” into an attempt to organize poor farmers into new collectives.

See the Venona project documents on the National Security Agency site at: And the book continues to describe the years of Stalin’s purges cleansing the Soviet Communist Party from withinforced labour camps, child forced labour This is a life-changer. Also a great description of how the slow realisation of Kravchenko about the true nature of Stalin’s regime.


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. Nov 14, Kitty Red-Eye marked it as to-read. Denise rated it it was amazing Sep 06, On 4 AprilKravchenko abandoned his post and requested political asylum in the United States.

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 He is sent to oversee the aquisition of products under the agreeement, and after seven months, manages to defect.

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Victor Kravchenko: I Chose Freedom

This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [how i can downloading this book? Viktor Andreevich Kravchenko Ukrainian: Manhattan, New YorkUnited States. I chose freedom, despite it’s dreadful cover and the smell of dust emanating from my copy, was such a powerful book.

The author states that during that time almost every ally of the United States was criticised instead of the Soviet Union. Paperbackpages. They had two sons, Anthony and Andrew, who were obliged to live under their mother’s arranged married name Earleand they remained unaware of their father’s identity until This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat Kravchenko’s lesser-known memoir, although a best seller in Europe, I Chose Justicevictog inmainly covered his “trial of the century” in France.

Valentin applied for political asylum in America after discovering vidtor his half-brother Andrew lived there the other American son, Anthony, had died in Published January 1st by Routledge first published It made me think, “God bless America!

Dec 25, dina rated it it was amazing. Mar 04, Marcy rated it it was amazing.


I Chose Freedom by Victor Kravchenko

Kravchenko was a technocrat who miraculously cut through the totalitarian chsoe of Stalinist ideology to demonstrate the bureaucratization of Soviet life and the annihilation of victod intermediate social structures, such as families, trade unions, pr I Chose Freedom is melodramatic in title only. Victor Andreevich Kravchenko was born on 11 Octoberinto a Ukrainian family in EkaterinoslavRussian Empire now Dnipro, Ukraine with a non-party, revolutionary father.

Freedok 25 FebruaryKravchenko was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head at his desk in his apartment in Manhattan, New York City.

It is an autobiography. Mar 14, Abeer Galal rated it it was amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I Chose Freedom is melodramatic in title only. I got frustrated by the author’s choices sometimes, but can’t judge–I’ve always enjoyed freedom, safety, and plenty.

Oh and where were all the female comrades in the top echelons? 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.

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. After this book, cuose can make you like Stalin and the Soviet Union. The extended trial featuring hundreds of witnesses was dubbed “The Trial of the Century”.

Recommended to Gary by: Refresh and try again. Mar frdedom, Kateryna Martynenko rated it it was amazing Shelves: Since Kravchenko had some agricultural experience growing up in the countryside he was sent out to supervise the collectivisation of farming.