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Liebling and John Hersey. Convey[s] the taste, the smell and the sounds of the front lines. Grossman, like Isaac Babel twenty years before him, lifts war correspondence to new heights.

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When the Germans invaded Russia inVasily Grossman became a special correspondent for the Red Starthe Soviet Army’s newspaper, and reported from the frontlines of the war. A Writer at War depicts in vivid detail the crushing conditions on the Eastern Front, and the lives and deaths of soldiers and civilians alike. Witnessing some of the most savage fighting of the war, Grossman saw firsthand the repeated early defeats of the Red Army, the brutal street fighting in Stalingrad, the Battle of Kursk the largest tank engagement in historythe defense of Moscow, the battles in Ukraine, the atrocities at Treblinka, and much more.

New York Review Books Classics. Everything Flows Vintage Classics. The Mystery of Olga Chekhova: The Battle and the Resistance. Ver todas las apps de lectura gratuitas de Kindle. Detalles del producto Tapa blanda: Reprint 1 de marzo de Idioma: Grossman escaped Stalin’s lethal purges and combat attacks. Grossman wrote vivid descriptions of the horrors heroism of the Russian Front which should be a reminder how evil war is. Beevor began this book by introducing Grossman’s early life and Grossman’s entry into the Red Army.

Grossman was not physically fit, over weight, and did not know marksmanship. However, after early experiences with Red Army combat troops, Grossman lost weight and became an expert marksman. Grossman was not an “armchair patriot. Other jounrnalists stayed at headquarters and wrote false propaganda which fit “the party line” while using self congradulation.

Grossman described the physical destruction and massive death especially in the Ukraine and surrounding areas. Beevor cited Grossman’s descriptions of narrow escapes from the Germans. Being Jewish and in a Red Army uniform, Gross would have “signed his death warrant” had he been captured.

Grossman carefully described living conditions at the front and areas close to front. Combat Red Army troops and civilians lived in primitive shelter. Food was scarce and not good. Yet, Red Army optimism did not wane. Grossman had high praise for Soviet doctors and nurses who were courageous and competent is treating wounds and saving live in spite of long hours and sleepless nights. Yet, Grossman reported on Red Army humor. For example, Soviet troops teased cooks that their food preparations were lethal enough to stop the Germans.

Red Army troops told German commanders they would never see Moscow. Once the exhausted Red Army troops defeated the Germans at the Battle of Stalingrad, they asked which was Berlin, Germany which was prophetic.

The eb was that the Red Army men lived in sin but died like saints. Grossman did not spare criticism of some Red Army troops’ abuse which he described in detail. Yet, Red Army troops were respectful with Red Army woman and watched their language and “off color” jokes.

Grossman’s experience at the Battle of Stalingrad was carefully detailed. As Grossman mentioned the Soviets had The Stalingrad Academy whose commanders trained deadly snipers. The Soviets kept their combat troops close to the Germans because the Germans could not use artillery or air attacks since the Germans feared shelling or bombing their own men.

Also the previous destruction of Stalingrad gave Red Army troops and snipers more cover. The German troops were not escriitor at street fighting, and anrony were not good at hand-to-hand combat.


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Grossman was in the Red Army en route to Berlin. He compared the destruction of Berlin with the destruction of Soviet villages and cities both of which were destructive and tragic.

Grossman had to be careful of the Soviet secret police when he wrote these memoirs. Yet, they surprisingly honest. Antont Beevors’s editing of Grossman’s memoirs, and Grossman’s work are detailed depictions of just how horrible war on the Russian Front.

What may surprised readers is that Grossman survived both Hitler’s AND Stalin’s persecution of Jewish people Grossman knew he was “walking on eggshells,” but he so well respected by Soviet troops and guerga that this may have saved him from Stalin’s purges of Jews from Grossman showed both physical and intellectual courage, and this edition of his memoirs is worth reading.

The troops loved him because he wrote about their lives and wasn’t afraid to interview them at the front lines. He barely escaped during the early German advances on Kiev and Orel, later was at Stalingrad and at the great tank battle of Kursk, and in the end at the fall of Berlin.

This book is a collection of his articles and and his unpublished notes saved by his daughter. The editor has added some footnotes and historical escritot. Grossman is masterful in his descriptions — sometimes something as simple as a cat sitting on the windowsill of a ruined house.

The book includes his Nov. He never joined the Party despite others’ urging and as a Jew his position could have been precarious, but his writing was so good even Stalin and the censors mostly left him alone. He got in trouble later over his novel “Life and Fate” but that was later, and does not figure here. This escgitor war journalism at its best. The victory of the first workers state in history over German imperialism was a world historic event, but at what a cost in lives, and political opportunities lost I’ve never read the novels of Vasily Grossman, but they must be impressive.

These writings are a mix of his published articles during the war, as well as those in a personal diary which it was illegal to keep, but he did anyway. It was remarkable some of the things he got away with writing about in published articles.

But the writings in the book vary from brilliant glimpses of what the war was like to dubious stories based on gossip and bragging soldiers. Sometimes in soldiers’ remarks, it’s hard to tell bravery from a cynical view that “I’m going to die anyway You see in these writings the utter contempt many Stalinist officers had for rank-and-file soldiers.

They had a whole line of soldiers to shoot those in front if they tried to retreat. Without the gurra editing and notes, it would all be quite impossible to follow, although it doesn’t always tell you what was published and what wasn’t.

The afterword is also quite good. Grossman interviewed everyone he could: Lenin insisted that the Soviet Union be a voluntary esrcitor of nations and nationalities. The notion of fighting a war under the banner of defending “Mother Russia” or of the “Great Patriotic War” would have been anathema to him. To Lenin and Trotsky, the only way to defend the Soviet Union was under the banner of world revolution, the way the Russian Civil War was fought.

Once in power, Stalin rejected Lenin’s policies on the national question; despite the fact that he was Georgian, he implemented a bewvor of Russification. There were reasons behind the collaboration of some Ukrainians with the Nazis. In Trotsky responded to Hitler’s noises about a “Greater Ukraine,” by raising the slogan of “a united, free, and independent workers’ and peasants’ Soviet Ukraine,” explaining that ” Stalin dissolved the Communist International inas a favor to his imperialist allies, although in reality it had not been anything but an instrument of foreign policy of a privileged bureaucracy for two decades before that.


The editor natony that the question of collaboration with the Nazi army has only been discussed in recent years, yet he previously talked about the repression of entire nationalities, Kalmyks also known as Kalmucks, a Mongol peopleCrimean Tatars, and Chechens.

Stalin labeled the Crimean Tatars en masse as Nazi collaborators and deported them to Uzbekistan and Siberia. More than 40 percent perished in the journey. As the Soviet Union was disintegrating, many Tatars made it back to Crimea, and were doing well under Ukrainian rule, but with the Russian invasion by Putin, they are again being repressed.

We all know what happened in Chechnya. Then there’s the question of the Stalinist attitude toward the German people.

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Germany had the strongest and best organized working class in Western Europe before the war. Trotskyists in German Occupied France guerraa, and one of their leaders, Ernest Mandel, a Jew and a communist escaped the death camps by appealing to the socialist sentiments of the soldiers who arrested him. Stalin made a pact with Hitler, which totally disoriented the world working class, and purged the Red Army of many of its best officers after that.

Fidel Castro says in My Life: A Spoken Autobiography that this was “due to Nazi misinformation,” which is quite likely true, but there’s another factor; he undoubtedly saw the ghost of Trotsky, founding leader of the Red Army still haunting it. Then he refused to believe and rapidly respond to the inevitable German invasion. The result was a rout, and huge numbers of lives lost.

In this book, you see Germans rather than Nazis being labeled as the enemy, and the disgraceful killings of soldiers who surrendered, many of whom had previously been members of the Social Democratic and Communist Parties, and who might have switched sides if given the opportunity.

And at the end large scale rape and plunder. The US soldiers were probably less guilty of this, but their political and military leaders ordered the horrible firebombing of Hamburg and Dresden, which had no possible purpose except to terrorize and demoralize the German working class. Then they carried out even worse crimes in Japan. It probably wasn’t until Yevtushenko’s daring poem that most Soviet citizens knew that Babi Yar was not just a place of general killing.

Even Grossman’s impressive piece on Treblinka doesn’t specifically mention Jews, although he does mention prayer shawls in the items the Nazis collected. But once in Warsaw he writes articles about Jews, whether because he got braver, or because the enormity of the crimes left nothing else of significance to talk about. But I don’t know which of them got published.

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You see Soviet women playing an important role in the war effort, but at the same time some women being forced to become concubines of officers. The Russian Revolution set out to liberate women, but it rapidly went from legal abortions under the Lenin regime, to their illegality and giving women awards for the number of children they had under the Stalin regime see the chapter “Thermidor in the Family” in The Revolution Betrayed.

At the end of the war there was massive rape of German women by the Soviet troops Grossman talks about even Russian women who had been forced to work for the Germans being raped by Red Army soldiers. World War II was really not a single war.