Alexander Werth: As Remembered in the Soviet Archives

Alexander Werth – Russian Sources Picture

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles)

Alexander Werth (Александр Верт – Aleksandr Vert) [1901-1969]

Werth, Alexander (February 4, 1901, St. Petersburg – March 5, 1969, Paris) – British journalist, Correspondent for The Sunday Times Newspaper and Air Force Radio Company  (BBC).

Alexander Werth was in the USSR from July 1941 to 1948. During the war he conducted the BBC ‘Russian Commentary’ programme, which collected a record number of listeners – 12 or 13 million in England alone, (not counting many millions more in Occupied Europe and other countries), in which he spoke very sympathetically about the military events and the situation in the USSR during the disastrous Nazi German invasion. (As a build-up to the Cold War, this programme was liquidated immediately after Nazi Germany surrendered). He repeatedly visited the front: on the Western Front in September 1941, in the Stalingrad area in January and in Stalingrad in February 1943, then in Kharkov (twice in 1943), Orel (in August 1943), in the Kiev, Odessa and Sevastopol after their liberation in 1944, in Romania and Poland in 1944, and finally again in Poland and Germany in 1945. He also traveled to the rear cities, and due to his trusted status, communicated with many representatives of the Soviet command corps ( KK Rokossovsky, GK Zhukov, VI Chuikov, R. Ya. Malinovsky, VD Sokolovsky), the Soviet intelligentsia (the writers KM Simono A. Surkov, I. G. Ehrenburg, M. A. Sholokhov, A. A. Fadeev, B. L. Pasternak, composers S. Prokofiev and D. D. Shostakovich, film directors V. I. Pudovkin, SM Eisenstein, and AP Dovzhenko).

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