Magazine November 3, 2008, Issue


Statues at a memorial to the victims of Communism in Prague, Czech Republic (Photo: Ccat82/Dreamstime)


In his review of The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia (“In the Nightmare,” Sept. 29), Ronald Radosh writes that the book offers “a dramatic account of the previously unknown story” — that is, the story of the “thousands of American citizens who, during the Depression, sought employment and a better future in the ‘worker’s paradise’ built by the Russian Bolsheviks after the 1917 revolution.”

By and large the story is indeed “previously unknown,” but there is a literature on these events, and I have known about them since my teens (I’m now 46). Those interested in The

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