Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Movie screening: The Kravchenko Case: The Cold War in Paris by Andrew Kravchenko

Thu, November 19, 2009 | Burdine 134

7:00 PM

Paris, January 1949, Soviet defector Victor Kravchenko’s libel suit against the French communist weekly, Les Lettres francaises, became the “trial of the century”.  In a courtroom packed with journalists, Kravchenko called on witnesses who spoke for the first time about the hell of the Soviet gulag.  Opposite him, the Moscow-supported paper brought in witnesses and intellectuals, who in battle order, fiercely denied the evidence.  For three months, as the world looked on, the courtroom was a theatre of cold war; the gulag versus the radiant future of the proletariat, human experiences versus official speeches, facts versus ideology.  What insidious mechanisms force one to remain blind to the truth? Running time 52 minutes. (2008)  France.

There will be a question and answer discussion with Andrew Kravchenko (pictured right) the son of the subject of the film. Mr. Kravchenko owns The Victor Kravchenko archive.  He spent over two decades collecting, assembling and acquiring ownership rights to all of his father’s works and items pertaining to his life. Andrew is currently working on a book about his family and his parents ‘ relationship, as well as developing various other aspects of the Kravchenko project.

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