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Remembering war : a U.S.-Soviet dialogue
Keyssar, Helene.
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
xx, 254 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm
General Note:
Based on the May 7, 1985 television broadcast, Remembering war.
Reading Level:
1170 Lexile.
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At a time when 40% of Americans have forgotten that the U.S. and the Soviet Union were allies during World War II, Remembering War comes as a timely and evocative reminder of that critical alliance. Here are juxtaposed the voices of Soviet and American citizens, some famous (ElliottRoosevelt, Gheorghi Arbatov), many unknown, recalling in vivid detail what life was like during the war years. Their stories, supplemented by dozens of rare photographs from Soviet and American archives, draw a vibrant portrait of both the battlefronts and the homefronts, illuminating the war'scomplex legacy in the relations between our two countries. Inspired by a U.S.-Soviet television exchange, Remembering War offers an unprecedented dialogue among Soviets and Americans, who present recollections of both shared and contrasting experiences, of mutual respect and distrust. A Soviet woman recalls how she and other teenage girls formedtheir own combat unit, and an American woman pilot tells of ferrying fighter planes to the Soviet air force. Civilians present the sharp contrasts between the two home fronts, and soldiers from both armies remember the famous meeting on the Elbe. Numerous striking photographs capture the drama andpoignancy of these moments. These voices and images remind us that only a few years before McCarthyism, Russian War Relief was the most popular charity in America, and the Red Army marched with American supplies. The book also captures the bitter reality of war and the tensions between the two allies. Soviets such as writer Grigory Baklanov voice deep resentment at long delays in the allied invasion of France, and Americans detail and criticize Moscow's secrecy and paranoia. For the first time,Soviets discuss Stalin's actions, the secret protocols of the Soviet-Nazi pact of 1939, and other controversial aspects of their involvement in the war. Many of the photos offer chilling testimony to the horrors of the war, matched by bleak accounts from the survivors of Stalingrad. In Remembering War, Soviet commentator Vladimir Pozner and American producer and professor Helene Keyssar (key figures in the television exchange) have produced a truly remarkable book, a unique reminder of the stark contrasts and forgotten unity in our wartime experiences. Publishedsimultaneously in the U.S. and the Soviet Union, it offers a powerful exploration of the war's legacy and a testament to a renewed spirit of cooperation.

Author Notes

About the Authors: Vladimir Pozner is a noted commentator in the Soviet media, and is the author of Illusions. Helene Keyssar is Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego, and is the author of several books, including New Roots for the Nation.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This stirring book grew out of a breakthrough joint U.S.-Soviet television program aired in 1985. Americans and Russians who had served on the home- and battle-front here reveal their wartime perceptions of each other as allies and discuss their recollections in the light of postwar antagonism, misunderstanding, confusion and fear. Keyssar, professor of communications at UC San Diego, and Pozner, Soviet TV commentator and author of Parting with Illusions , remind us that Americans experienced nothing comparable to the loss of life and hardship suffered in the U.S.S.R., yet it is evident throughout these statements by former soldiers, diplomats, factory workers and others that the two peoples shared common attitudes and a strong sense of kinship. This book will be of great interest to readers in both this country and Russia, where it is being published simultaneously. Illustrated. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Though the United States and the Soviet Union were allies in World War II, their experiences could hardly have been more different. This work, the first of its kind, is based on a live television program jointly produced by Soviets and Americans in 1985. For the printed version the participants expanded their contributions, and an extensive historical framework has been added. Keyssar and Pozner bring neither new material nor fresh insight to the narratives. With fewer than 25 interviewees, their work can do no more than begin surveying the human aspects of U.S.-Soviet interaction between 1941 and 1945. The accounts, however, cover a broad spectrum of subjects: home fronts and fighting fronts, images of war, Nazi atrocities, and the 1945 meeting at the Elbe. They successfully generate an appetite for more--an appetite likely to be well satisfied should glasnost and perestroika continue. Useful for general collections on World War II.-- Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Chapter 1 The Great Patriotic War and the Good Warp. 1
Chapter 2 The Frontsp. 17
Chapter 3 The Home Frontsp. 74
Chapter 4 Representations of Warp. 104
Chapter 5 Why We Foughtp. 126
Chapter 6 Alliesp. 141
Chapter 7 The Meeting at the Elbep. 189
Chapter 8 Victoriesp. 217
Chapter 9 Legacies of War: Some Personal Reflectionsp. 236
Indexp. 251