Thursday, July 24, 2014

 
LUIS SAENZ TRIES TO PULL A SOVIET STYLE BERIA REWRITE AND MADE A FOOL OF HIMSELF IN THE PROCESS

The story of Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria.  He was a Soviet hero.  Just before his downfall the Soviets had just published its new encyclopedia and sent it out around the world, including the University of Chicago.  My mentor, was working on his doctorate in Soviet Studies at the time at the University of Chicago.  He was a former Polish fighter who eventually fought with the British and then made his way to the US.  He saw his mother taken by the Nazi's  for hiding Jews.  He is truly one of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life.

Anyway, he was working in the library of the University of Chicago.  He spoke Russian, German, English and of course Polish.  He was in charge of Soviet documents.  He loved to tell the story of how someone in the Soviet Union sent to everyone who had received a copy of the new encyclopedia a notice to remove the entry on  Lavrentiy_Beria, and to replace it with an article on the Bering [maybe something similar - Beri]  Strait.  the instructions were very detailed in how to remove the old article and replace it with the new one.  Of course the University of Chicago did not comply.  But the letter was kept as an important part of history.  The Soviets actually believed here in the US we would buy into their rewrite of hero to traitor.

Too many people in the press were told the same thing by clerks in Joe Rivera's office that the politiquera files were sealed per DA Saenz.  Saenz can put out a million press releases on the issue, but every reporter who was told the same thing is not going to forget it all of a sudden.  Saenz would have been better off to remain silent.

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