Joseph E. Davies: “Mission to Moscow” (1943)

Here is the 1943 U.S. film “Mission to Moscow” which tells the experiences of the lawyer and U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Joseph E. Davies. The basis of the film’s narrative focuses on the journey of Davies and his family. First, their physical journey from the United States to the Soviet Union. And, second, their journey from skeptics of communism and the Soviet Union into sympathizers. “No leaders of a nation have been so misrepresented and misunderstood as those in the Soviet government during those critical years between the two world wars,” Davies says at the film’s beginning. In the 1950s the film became a target of McCarthyism. This film is presented in 10 parts, below, though it appears to be cut short at the end.

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4 responses to “Joseph E. Davies: “Mission to Moscow” (1943)

  1. This “pro-Stalin ideological offensive” is a good thing and very timely.

    Davies has long been under systematic attack by cold warriors and professional anticommunists because of his book. If one actually reads it he emerges as an independent-minded observer of Soviet society who raised criticism or gave praise as he saw fit. He has always been a problem to our worthy cold warriors, so honorable are they, who turned on the Soviet Union and Stalin once they were no longer needed get rid of Hitler.

    The nub of the cold-warriors’ objections is that Davies supported the Moscow Trials. Davies’ attitude comes down to what he said at a presentation at the University of Chicago three days after the German attack on the Soviet Union: “Someone in the audience asked: ‘What about the Fifth Columnists in Russia?’ Off the anvil I said, ‘There aren’t any. They shot them.” He adds, “There were no Sudeten Henleins, no Slovakian Tisos, no Belgian De Grelles, no Norwegian Quislings.”

    He could have added there were no U.S. Standard Oils, Ford Motors, GM’s, ITT’s and many more, all of which carried on commerce throughout the war with Germany to the great benefit of its war machine.

    Thus Davies commits two unpardonable sins: he contradicts the anti-Stalin servants of the bourgeoisie on the very touchstone of their holiness, the Moscow trials; and he is right.

  2. Me gustaria la version español

  3. Mission to Moscow is available as a free e-book download, by the way, and there also is a new hard copy printing. I recommend this brilliant book to everyone.

    The present is a very 1930s period of time. It’s very worthwhile to know what went on in the original version.

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