By Sergei Khrushchev
Translated by way of Shirley Benson Foreword via William Taubman Annotations through William C. Wohlforth a special account of chilly warfare background throughout the Khrushchev period by way of one that witnessed it firsthand at his father's aspect. extra is understood approximately Nikita Khrushchev than approximately many former Soviet leaders, partially due to his personal efforts to speak via speeches, interviews, and memoirs. (A partial model of his memoirs was once released in 3 volumes in 1970, 1974, and 1990, and an entire model was once released in Russia in 1999 and may seem in an English translation to be released via Penn kingdom Press.) yet inspite of the outlet of celebration and nation data in 1991, as William Taubman issues out in his Foreword, many questions stay unanswered. "How did Khrushchev deal with not just to outlive Stalin yet to be triumphant him? What led him to denounce his former grasp [an occasion that a few interpreters bring in because the first act within the drama that ended in the tip of the USSR]? How may a guy of minimum formal schooling direct the affairs of an enormous intercontinental empire within the nuclear age? Why did Khrushchev?’s try to ease East-West tensions lead to of the worst crises of the chilly warfare in Berlin and Cuba? to solve those and different contradictions, we want greater than coverage files from information and memoirs from affiliates. we want firsthand testimony by means of relatives who knew Khrushchev top, particularly via his in basic terms surviving son, Sergei, in whom he usually confided." As Sergei says, "During the chilly conflict our countries lived on contrary aspects of the Iron Curtain, and never merely was once it an Iron Curtain however it was once additionally a replicate: one aspect perceived the opposite because the 'evil empire,?’ and vice versa; so, too, either side feared the opposite might begin a nuclear conflict. Neither facet may comprehend the genuine purposes at the back of many selections simply because american citizens and Russians, representing diverse cultures, imagine otherwise. the end result was once a chilly conflict packed with misperceptions that can simply have resulted in tragedy, and we're fortunate it by no means occurred. And nonetheless, after the chilly warfare, American-Russian family are in line with many misunderstandings." during this publication Sergei tells the tale of ways the chilly conflict occurred actually from the Russian facet, now not from the yankee part, and this can be his most vital contribution.
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The call did not come, and it began to get dark. He had a solitary snack and sat down to read some papers. It was already evening when Malenkov called to say that something had happened to Stalin. Father left hurriedly. Naturally, we didn't know who had called or what had been said. Everyone was busy with his own concerns. We were somewhat surprised when Father returned after only an hour or two. However, nobody asked any questions. He went quietly upstairs to his bedroom and resumed working on his papers.
Its center was completely burned out. We stayed in a general's residence on the outskirts. Father asked the general whether the Germans were causing any trouble. ‘‘No, of course not, Nikita Sergeyevich, everything's quiet,” responded the general quickly. But then he added: “I have a machine gun on the terrace outside my room on the second floor. ” I didn't understand why he needed a machine gun if everything was peaceful. We spent a couple of days in Kaliningrad. Father was very interested in how they were making fabrics out of brown coal.
In those complicated times that meant a great deal. In all the postwar years no one in Father's circle disappeared without a trace. ” Moscow We returned to Moscow at the very beginning of 1950, right after celebrating the New Year in Kiev. Mama arranged it so that we didn't miss a single day in school. She was a strict disciplinarian. Father had left several weeks earlier. Stalin summoned him in December for his seventieth birthday celebrations. Father barely managed to break away and return to Kiev for a few days in order to turn over his affairs to his successor, Leonid Georgiyevich Melnikov.