Cold War Captives: Imprisonment, Escape, and Brainwashing by Susan L. Carruthers

By Susan L. Carruthers

This provocative historical past of early chilly conflict the USA recreates a time whilst international conflict III appeared forthcoming. Headlines have been ruled through tales of Soviet slave workers, brainwashed prisoners in Korea, and brave escapees like Oksana Kasenkina who made a ''leap for freedom'' from the Soviet Consulate in long island. choked with interesting and forgotten tales, chilly battle Captives explores a valuable size of yankee tradition and politics--the postwar preoccupation with captivity. ''Menticide,'' the calculated destruction of person autonomy, struck many americans as a extra quick probability than nuclear annihilation. Drawing upon a wealthy array of declassified records, video clips, and reportage--from nationwide protection directives to motion pictures like The Manchurian Candidate --his e-book explores the ways that east-west disputes over prisoners, repatriation, and defection formed pop culture. Captivity grew to become how to comprehend every thing from the anomie of suburban housewives to the ''slave world'' of drug habit. Sixty years later, this period could appear far-off. but, with interrogation recommendations derived from America's communist enemies now getting used within the ''war on terror,'' the prior continues to be powerfully current.

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65 While thousands of American missionaries and businessmen joined the Nationalist scramble to flee the People’s Republic, eastern Europe was also becoming a terra incognita for western travelers and traders. Several American businessmen were briefly imprisoned in Hungary in 1949 but released after confessing to sundry offenses and paying fines to Budapest’s pro-Soviet government. This pattern of harassment assumed more alarming proportions in November 1949, when an IT&T executive, Robert A. Vogeler, was charged with leading a “pro-fascist” spy ring and sabotaging reconstruction efforts in the Hungarian people’s democracy.

The western allies’ concurrence on 34 cold war captives Consult the print edition for this illustration figure 5. ” “Ding” Darling illustrates the larger meaning of Kasenkina’s resistance to repatriation in a cartoon that appeared the day after her leap, August 13, 1948. Reproduced courtesy of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife this principle was to be expected. 50 When the Allies established the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in 1943, repatriation duly formed its core responsibility.

14 American newspaper readers received their first introduction to this ungainly character on August 8, 1948. ”15 At a press conference con- upper east side story 27 vened in the Soviet consulate on August 7, Jakov Lomakin, the Soviet consul general, related a gripping cloak-and-dagger tale that cast the FBI and “white Russian bandits” as malign conspirators in an abduction plot. His story went as follows. On July 31, three teachers, colleagues at the school for Soviet diplomats’ children in Manhattan, vanished shortly before they were due to board a ship bound for home.

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