Soviet writer's frank World War Two notes publishedBreaking News
They include Grossman's implicit criticism of the Soviets' lack of readiness for the Nazi onslaught, generals' petty preoccupation with medals and glory and the collaboration between German forces and Soviet citizens.
In his role as reporter for the Red Army's "Krasnaya Zvezda" (Red Star) newspaper, the Ukrainian Jew was a key witness to the brutal battle of Stalingrad, civilian suffering under occupation and what happened at the German concentration camps in Poland.
"It's amazing, in many ways, what he got away with," Beevor said in an interview to promote "A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945," which he edited with Russian researcher Lyubov Vinogradova.
"The other journalists didn't have their material messed around with so much, because they wrote politically correct cliches which were expected," he said.
"Obviously Grossman was treading a far more dangerous line."
Beevor, author of the best-selling "Stalingrad" history, said many of Grossman's facts were edited out of the printed articles, while his personal notes would have cost him his life had they been discovered.
"There were often references to heavy casualties (in his reports)," said Beevor. "And then later on, any reference to the suffering of Jews; that was why some of those articles were refused by Krasnaya Zvezda and had to be published elsewhere."
comments powered by Disqus
- Did Salmonella Kill Off the Aztecs?
- Jewish history is under siege in the middle east and these volunteers are risking their lives to protect it
- 'Amazon should stop selling Holocaust denial books'
- National Museum of African American History and Culture Reaches Milestone of 1 Million Visitors
- What Makes a President Great? Clipping? Sipping? Slashing?
- McMaster knows how national security policy can go wrong. Will that help him?
- Historian and Antiwar Activist Marilyn Young Dies at 79
- Trump Chooses Historian H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser
- Holocaust Historian Deborah Lipstadt Explains Why People Believe Trump's Lies
- Princeton’s Harold James warns World War Three is now a "serious threat”