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{Download E-pub} ⚺ Crossing the River: Vom Broadway zur Karl-Marx-Allee: Eine Autobiografie à Als der US Soldat Stephen Wechsler bei Linz in die Donau steigt, flieht er vor der Kommunistenverfolgung in den USA des Senators McCarthy Sein Ziel ist die andere Seite des Flusses, die Welt hinter dem Eisernen VorhangSein neues Leben beginnt mit einem neuen Namen Victor Grossman wird in der DDR Transportarbeiter, Kulturleiter, Dreher, Lektor, Journalist Er arbeitet beim Democratic German Report und bei Radio Berlin International, wird Leiter des Paul Robeson Archivs an der Akademie der K nste Als freischaffender Journalist berichtet er in DDR Medien vor allem ber die USANachpubliziert er weiter und informiert die Welt ber Entwicklungen in Deutschland, auch im R ckblick auf die DDRVictor Grossman ist und bleibt garantiert der einzige Mensch mit Diplomen von Harvard und der Karl Marx Universit t In diesem Buch erz hlt er aus seinem Leben in den USA, der DDR und dann in der neuen BRD Der Blick eines US amerikanischen DDR Journalisten auf unterschiedliche gesellschaftliche Verh ltnisse ist spannend und mit viel Witz geschrieben AUFERSTANDEN AUS RUINEN UND DER ZUKUNFT ZUGEWANDT Fascinating and very astute account of Grossman s 1952 flight from US Army persecution and subsequent life in the GDR The last chapter, his analysis of the causes and effects of the collapse of the GDR, is especially useful and welcome. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The Book of the Week is Crossing the River by Victor Grossman, published in 2003.This autobiography tells how an American defected to East Germany during the Korean War A very unusual story, indeed He was brainwashed by his parents, intellectual Communists, both, in the 1930 s and 1940 s.He tried to rationalize his penchant for suffering by saying that the cruel and unusual goings on in the US actually provided a worse way for people to live, than the East Germans did In the early 1950 s, t The Book of the Week is Crossing the River by Victor Grossman, published in 2003.This autobiography tells how an American defected to East Germany during the Korean War A very unusual story, indeed He was brainwashed by his parents, intellectual Communists, both, in the 1930 s and 1940 s.He tried to rationalize his penchant for suffering by saying that the cruel and unusual goings on in the US actually provided a worse way for people to live, than the East Germans did In the early 1950 s, the McCarthy era was in full swing, the US had ousted the leader of Guatemala in a bloody affair, and instigated another shameful coup in Iran there was the ugliness at Peekskill, there was still segregation besides, the Soviets had helped defeat Germany Comrade Stalin was a god, to the Communists.The author argues that in 1960, the quality of life wasn t so bad in East Germany Yes, there were severe food shortages, but everyone s medical care was paid for, and everyone had a job or was provided with necessities for survival, and assistance for finding a job, according to his own need Of course, the people also spent needless hours every day manually washing clothes and dishes, lighting a fire in the pot bellied stove, and patiently waiting for unreliable public transportation, or hoofing it, because they couldn t afford a car.In the early 1960 s, the East Germans kept trying to attack the integrity of the Federal Republic of West Germany with good reason by publicizing the fact that a large number of ex Nazis who had committed unspeakable war crimes were working in civil service as judges, even and in the West s armed forces It was somewhat alarming that so many Nazis were helping Germany to re arm, and becoming a pivotal force in NATOIn the late 1980s, the East German leaders staged a few media incidents, trying to continue to isolate the German Democratic Republic the misnomer that was East Germany clinging to power, believing that only they could be keepers of the flame The East Germans, like the Chinese, were into self criticism circles They had tutors , who bullied doubters and discouraged free thinkers, cutting them down with questions such as, Are you questioning the collective judgment of experienced Marxist leaders, able to assess factors far better than any individual Could you becorrect than they are It was a traumatic time for the author when Krushchev revealed Stalin s crimes in the mid 1950 s But the author continued to rationalize that his adopted homeland was still a better place to live than imperialist America It s an excellent book anyway