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Jewish RadicalsA Documentary History$
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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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Building Communism in the Ukraine (interview, 1981–1982)

Building Communism in the Ukraine (interview, 1981–1982)

(p.249) 48 Building Communism in the Ukraine (interview, 1981–1982)
Jewish Radicals

Max Granich

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This chapter is an account of a trip to the Soviet Union in 1931, by Max Granich, who worked as a chauffeur to Earl Browder, then the general secretary of the Communist Party. During that time, Granich would take on a number of odd jobs—mostly construction or factory work—toiling with other laborers amid harsh conditions. Observing many signs of the dismal state of his surroundings, Granich notes that the tensions of living within the Soviet Union at the time had even created a lot of neurotic youngsters under the pressure of doing their jobs and being a good Soviet citizen at the same time. Hardship and poverty wore people down, but Granich notes that despite living in such a difficult situation the people still remained hopeful for a better future.

Keywords:   Max Granich, Soviet Union, Communism, Ukraine, Earl Browder, harsh living conditions, poverty, Soviet citizenship

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