Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia’s City of by John Scott

By John Scott

Behind the Urals, first released in 1942, is an interesting first-hand account of a tender American's trip to Stalin's Soviet Union the place he lived and labored for six years supporting construct a tremendous metal plant in a former desert east of the Ural Mountains. The remoted payment grew into the recent urban of Magnitogorsk. writer Scott's account continues to be a vintage paintings on way of life for employees within the Soviet Union of the Nineteen Thirties. Of curiosity too are his personal stories: the damaging operating stipulations, severe chilly, nutrition shortages, and insufficient housing. in the course of his remain, he meets and weds a tender Soviet girl, Masha, and jointly they've got child daughters. With the arriving of the Stalinist purges, Scott isn't any longer welcome in Russia, and he and his spouse are pressured to split for three years (Scott relocating to Moscow) whereas he makes an attempt to safe visas for his family members to to migrate to the United States (he is ultimately profitable in bringing his kin to the U.S.). John Scott, son of Scott Nearing and Nellie Seeds Nearing, used to be born in 1912, and until eventually his retirement in 1973 was once a correspondent for Time journal. Scott gave up the ghost on December 1, 1976. His spouse, Maria “Masha” Dikareva Scott died on November five, 2004.

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That's why our whole village walked across the Soviet frontier. ' Vladek, the Polish welder, was one of many who, dissatisfied with their lives in Pilsudski's Poland and afire with enthusiasm for the Socialist construction, word of which came across the White Russian countryside through the Polish border guards and censors, had left, taking only what they could carry, to throw in their lot with the Soviet workers. When Vladek spoke, all the workers around him turned and listened with interest. ' said a burly rigger.

It was ten minutes before she arrived at the end table and began tearing off our cards, Shabkov and Popov, each having two cards, were hard put to it distracting her attention so that she would not realize there were more cards than people at the table. It did not work, however. After having torn off twelve numbers she counted and saw that there were only ten at the table. Popov saved the situation. ' Popov grinned. The waitress grinned too. No one ever washed his hands in the winter in Dining-Room No.

One card entitled the owner to one meal per day for the month. Shabkov and I shouldered our way to a far corner, found a table where the meal had already been served and took up our stations behind two bricklayers who were eating. 'Doesn't look bad,' said Popov, sniffing, 'if they'd only give us more bread. ' 'I understand they get three hundred grams in the engineers dining-room next door,' said Shabkov, wiping his spoon on tbe inside of his sheepskin. ' 'Yeah, once,' answered Popov. 'Kolya lent me his card.

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