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By John Steinbeck

Simply after the iron curtain fell on jap Europe John Steinbeck and acclaimed battle photographer, Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to file for the "New York bring in Tribune". This infrequent chance took the recognized tourists not just to Moscow and Stalingrad - now Volgograd - yet throughout the geographical region of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. A "Russian magazine" is the distillation in their trip and is still a outstanding memoir and certain old record. Steinbeck and Capa recorded the awful realities of manufacturing unit employees, govt clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of global warfare II. this is often an intimate glimpses of 2 artists on the peak in their powers, answering their have to rfile human fight.

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The rich woman from Chicago wore red silk stockings and high-heeled shoes covered with rhinestones, a ridiculous turban-like hat, and an evening dress covered with bangles, which looked like a long, misshapen nightgown, and she teetered across the ring, her artificial stomach wobbling, while her husband postured and danced about, for he was a rich Chicago millionaire. The jokes must have been very funny, although we couldn't understand them, for the audience howled with laughter. And they seemed to be greatly relieved that we did not resent the clowns.

And when we were awakened, we were over the flat grainlands of the Ukraine, as flat as our Middle West, and almost as fruitful. The huge bread basket of Europe, the coveted land for centuries, the endless fields lay below us, yellow with wheat and rye, some of it already harvested, and some of it being harvested. There was no hill, no eminence of any kind. The flat stretched away to a round unbroken horizon. And streams and rivers snaked and twisted across the plain. Near the villages there were the zigzags of trenches, and the scoops of shell holes where the fighting had taken place.

We went through pine forests and over a plain where vicious fighting had taken place. Everywhere there was evidence of it. The pine trees were ripped and ragged from machine-gun fire. There were trenches and machine-gun placements, and even the roads were cut and jagged by the tracks of tanks and pitted by shell fire. Here and there lay rusting bits of military equipment, burned-out tanks, and wrecked trucks. This country had been defended and lost, and the counterattack had fought slowly over every inch of territory.

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