1. There is, in fact, a large body of autobiographical material written by former Communists Communism lost a number of formerly inveterate supporters, not as a result of the Moscow Show Trials, which were almost as hidden as the starvation of the Ukrainian farmers but due to the crimes of the Communists in Spain. Arthur Koestler and George Orwell both grasped that every move was intended simply to secure an absolute Stalinist hegemony right down to Stalin finding an accommodation with Hitler. a. The God That Failed" is a 1949 book which collects together six essays with the testimonies of a number of famous ex-communists, who were writers and journalists. The common theme of the essays is the authors' disillusionment with and abandonment of communism .The six contributors were Louis Fischer, André Gide, Arthur Koestler, Ignazio Silone, Stephen Spender, andRichard Wright. The God that Failed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 2. Victor Kravchenko, one of the first and most influential Soviet defectors to the United States, who had written "I Chose Freedom," a searing account of life under Stalin. Kravchenko, a mining and steel engineer, was a mid-level official in the Soviet lend-lease office in Washington, D.C., when he sought asylum in 1944. At the time, the Soviet Union was still a U.S. war ally, and many Americans were willing to give the benefit of the doubt to "Uncle Joe" Stalin. Kravchenko wanted to shatter those illusions. His defection was front-page news and prompted debate at the highest levels of government, up to and including President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Stalin demanded that he be turned over as a traitor--an automatic death sentence. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover urged FDR to let him stay. On April 13, 1945, the day after Roosevelt died, Kravchenko received notice that his application for asylum had been granted. Searching for Tato - latimes.com 3. Readers wanted to know why. "I Chose Freedom" became a bestseller, an international sensation. Largely forgotten today, it presaged Alexander Solzhenitsyn's "The Gulag Archipelago" and Eugenia Ginzburg's "Journey into the Whirlwind," and stands with them as among the most influential works of their kind. While these other writers were still behind barbed wire, Kravchenko was describing the brutality of collectivization, the madness of Communist Party purges, the inefficiencies of central planning and the atrocities of the gulag. "The magnitude of the horror has never been grasped by the outside world," he wrote. "Perhaps it is too vast ever to be grasped. . . . One can only look into this or that corner, and judge the whole from its parts." Ibid. 4. On April 1, 1944, Victor Kravchenko left Washington for New York, where, at a press conference arranged by the NYTimes, he revealed the truth about the Soviet Union. Two years later he published I Chose Freedom, which played a crucial role in the formation of public opinion in the formation of the incipient Cold War. a. The front-page article that began, "Accusing the Soviet Government of a 'double-faced' foreign policy with respect to its professed desire for collaboration wieth the United States and Great Britain and denouncing the Stalin regime for failure to grant political and civil liberties to the Russian people, Victor A. Kravchenko . Fleming, Op.Cit.[ p. 182-183] 5. World-wide, defenders of communism fought tooth and nail to hide the truth, to discredit Kravchenko. An attack on Kravchenko's character by the French Communist weekly Les Lettres Françaises resulted in his suing them for libel in a French court. The extended 1949 trial featuring hundreds of witnesses was dubbed 'The Trial of the Century'. The Soviet State flew in Kravchenko's former colleagues to denounce him, accusing him of being a traitor, a draft dodger, and an embezzler .Kravchenko's lawyers presented witnesses who had survived the Soviet GULAG. Victor Kravchenko (defector) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia a. Astute observers will see parallels in the United States, in attacks by FactCheck and PolitiFact, both wholly owned by Left-wing entities, on the Lefts political opponents. b. Fact-Check: a political fact-checking website created by the St. Petersburg Times, which endorsed Obama in '08. 'In 2003, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described the St. Petersburg Times as a "usually liberal" newspaper.' Tampa Bay Times - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia c. PolitiFact.com is a project operated by the Tampa Bay Times,...also known as the St. Petersburg Times, "The Tampa Bay Times, previously named the St. Petersburg Times,..." Tampa Bay Times - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 5. Victor Kravchenko appeared before the committee, speaking in rapid-fire Russian and occasionally switching to heavily accented, balky English. He told the committee that "every responsible representative of the Soviet government in the United States may be regarded as an economic or political spy," and that no Soviet citizen arrived in the U.S. without a "specific assignment" to collect secret documents. He also declared it "foolish and dangerous" to underrate the ability of the Russians to produce nuclear weapons, and said that Soviet disarmament plans were a sham, designed to "play for time." L'AFFAIRE FRAVCHENKO - Page 1 - News - Phoenix - Phoenix New Times a. Many consider his 1966 suicide to be a KVD murder. 6. The Communists have a long memory . In 1982, Valentin [Victors son] was arrested, along with several co-workers [in Moscow]. They were charged with an economic crime that in American terms might best be described as working unauthorized overtime. Valentin claims that all the work done by his crew was, in fact, authorized, but that it later became embarrassing to a party official. .Valentin says that before the trial he was subjected to seven torture sessions during which agents of the NKVD attempted to extract a confession. He says the guards forced him to stare directly into a 100-watt light bulb placed inches from his face, and that they kicked him and beat him. They forced him to ingest cups filled with salt. They knocked out his teeth .They had him lay his genitals out on a table and they crushed them. They beat him unconscious. Ibid. a. Such is the record of totalitarian regimes. Those that support any variety of same stand shoulder to shoulder with torture and suppression, no matter how they deny it. It must be resisted wherever and whenever it appears. Any level. Any variety. No matter how subtle....a collectivist view of the world is evil, and can only result in oppression and subjugation of the human spirit. We should never forget Victor Kravchenko.