The Forsaken by Tim Tzouliadis
An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia

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A remarkable piece of forgotten history- the never-before-told story of Americans lured to Soviet Russia by the promise of jobs and better lives, only to meet tragic ends

In 1934, a photograph was taken of a baseball team. These two rows of young men look like any group of American ballplayers, except perhaps for the Russian lettering on their jerseys. The players have left their homeland and the Great Depression in search of a better life in Stalinist Russia, but instead they will meet tragic and, until now, forgotten fates. Within four years, most of them will be arrested alongside untold numbers of other Americans. Some will be executed. Others will be sent to "corrective labor" camps where they will be worked to death. This book is the story of lives-the forsaken who died and those who survived.

Based on groundbreaking research, The Forsaken is the story of Americans whose dreams were shattered and lives lost in Stalinist Russia.


About Tim Tzouliadis

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Tim Tzouliadis, an Oxford graduate, is a documentary filmmaker and television journalist whose work has appeared on NBC and the National Geographic Channel.He lives in London.
Published July 17, 2008 by Penguin Books. 460 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy, Travel. Non-fiction

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“Logically we should refuse to recognize the naturalization of Americans in the Soviet Union as voluntary and valid in the absence of confirmation,” Kennan wrote, but instead the U.S. government did nothing—and would do nothing when, a decade later, Americans taken prisoner during World War II, e...

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The Telegraph

Two white American workers at the Ford tractor factory in Stalingrad provoked a fight with a black American co-worker and were expelled from the Soviet Union.

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Christian Science Monitor

One warm September evening in 1959 – in the depths of the cold war – I was out strolling in Moscow with two American friends.As we waited to cross at a busy street off Red Square, a man in his 20s with an American accent approached us and asked if we were from the United States.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Some may have even caught wind of the Department of Commerce's 1931 pamphlet "Employment for Americans in Soviet Russia," produced because of the high demand for information about working in the heartland of Communist thinking.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

He saves much of his contempt for Americans like Ambassador Joseph Davies, a wealthy socialite and pal of President Roosevelt, who admired Stalin while consciously ignoring the Stalin-ordered deaths of his fellow Americans.

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In The Forsaken, Tim Tzouliadis tells the story of American workers in the Soviet Union, some of whom were laid off by Henry Ford in the Depression and then offered work assembling Ford cars in Nizhny Novgorod (then Gorky), others who were lured by the prospect of well-paid work helping the Sovie...

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Protection of its citizens - deemed safe while the USSR was an ally, then suspect for their "Red sympathies" during the Cold War - never became a priority.

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