Velvet Eyes: The Soviet Union Was The Right Place To Go Together For A Visit In Moscow, The City That Was In Our Mind! 3rd New Episode (1927). Publication: Sept 3, 2009. A Story By Mike Fuller, PhD.

August 29, 2009

“We worked at the Prague Embassy until 1959 because we were the best American specialists of Eastern Europe and If I decided so, I could have been Ambassador one day but I preferred not to be too much ambitious and focus on my daily work and our special missions, the private ones and the professional ones. To have a baby was our first goal, he would be American but born in Prague in another universe with so many experience, like an international traveler. Malcolm was born in 1924 and the 3 of us were to Moscow when he was 3 to meet the Americans there and study the Country for the Department of State. Our choice to come with him was a Family one. We stayed 6 months.”
“Moscow, we were strangers in this Land, and the Country was famous to be dangerous but we did not care and were experimented visitors thanks to the train, Valentine did not like the planes at all, according to her: men could not fly and had not to try, but sooner or later, we would experiment this new way of transportation, probably in the 1930’s! I negotiated with the Department of State to prepare these 6 months in Russia, I was fascinated by this side of the Continent and followed their political crisis in the News, for my work and my pleasure too, since the beginning, and the end of World War I. USSR, what a name, the size of our United States and a chaos to rule with this law about communism that made me laugh and almost cry as I was thinking it was a disaster for the human being even If I never read Karl Marx books and I did not want to. Leather Gloves spoke a little Russian, one hundred words or maybe more and we had to take our hot clothes because it was Winter and probably snow. At the last minute, the project was delayed of 3 months then it would be Spring and I would meet the few Americans on location for briefings and meetings before to begin with our study about this new State almost unknown for everybody.”
The Suharevskaia Tower In Moscow (1927). The City Life Was A Part Of The Researches I Managed. I Wanted To Know Why Russians Had The Duty To Protect The Results Of The 1917 Revolution. We were Authorized By The Authorities To Ask Questions To Some  Moscow Residents And My Best Question Was About The Future Of The Soviet Union: "Do You Think That Your Union Will Still Be There In One Century?" Leather Replied For Them: No! To my Point Of View, I Wasn't Sure. They All Said: "Yes, Like Yours, Why Not? You're Not The Only New Nation In The World, We Are The Youngest And For A Long Time."

The Suharevskaia Tower In Moscow (1927). The City Life Was A Part Of The Researches I Managed. I Wanted To Know Why Russians Had The Duty To Protect The Results Of The 1917 Revolution. We were Authorized By The Authorities To Ask Questions To Some Moscow Residents And My Best Question Was About The Future Of The Soviet Union: "Do You Think That Your Union Will Still Be There In One Century?" Leather Replied For Them: No! To my Point Of View, I Wasn't Sure. They All Said: "Yes, Like Yours, Why Not? You're Not The Only New Nation In The World, We Are The Youngest And For A Long Time." Velvet Eyes was a strange man and he was so excited by this voyage. To come with his wife and their child could have looked impossible for somebody else but, for him, there was first the pleasure to live some important moments and also to deserve his position of diplomat by being useful and fair, traveling from a foreign country to another. She felt almost the same but she checked that there would not be any problem on location by receiving the confirmation that the regime was ready to welcome them in order to have a reason to send a message to the USA, a message of proud identity and open door, at a small level but anyway."It was good for our career to do this mission even if we were volunteers, the idea was not mine but from one of my supervisors. We needed also this trip to strengthen our couple in another location where we could build more an expression of our love and solidarity. From the beginning, I felt uncomfortable but in a positive way. We had an apartment rent by our embassy in Prague and it was the perfect place to work because the streets were unsecure not only during the night (one night, I came back late of a diner with an official of the Labor department, Valentine stayed with Malcolm, and somebody was running behind me in the street, so I ran too and I found a way to arrive safe at home after he stopped following me, I was exhausted!), and the libraries were controlled by the Party. I could not accept an interview with these guys, I was a diplomat and nobody could check my work. Communist Rally On The Red Square. They Were unhappy But Careful For Their Great Victory: A Regime Into The Unknown, Inspired By Marx and Some Other Intellectuals That We Did Not Like In The United States But I Respected These Activists Because They Were Free To Express Their Desire To Feel Better, Even If I Did Not Socialize With Them. Valentine Called Them: The Eternal Sadness Enemies. They Were Almost Everywhere And We Went To The Red Square Only Two Times, When We Arrived And Before To Leave. Red Was The Color Of Their Party's Flag That Was Also a State Entity. It Was In 1927.

John Quincy Adams who was appointed by President James Madison, was our first official representative to Russia, Minister Plenipotentiary in the Russian imperial capital of St. Petersburg. Son of President John Adams and gifted linguist, he became Secretary of State to President James Monroe (1817-25). World War I ended with the defeat of the Austrian Empire and the creation of Czechoslovakia where we worked at the U.S. Embassy in Prague. The nomination of a first Ambassador to the Soviet Union followed its formal recognition by the U.S. only in 1933! 10 years after the 1917 Revolution, it was really interesting to know what was happening there in 1927. I was not the first to do that kind of study on location but I was the one to be in charge of a complete work about the economy, the population, the culture of the USSR. So, I sent a weekly report to my Embassy and was always prepared to write a decision to leave, if necessary, anytime. Our goal was to be a part of the Moscow daily life and to prepare a future durable relationship for our 2 States. My mission was to be in touch with the press, the officials, the financial and industrial organizations. Valentine worked part-time with me, part-time with the baby, we were helped for Malcolm by two Russian sisters who prepared our meals and stayed with our son every morning and some days in the afternoon.

A few Americans decided to stayed in Russia because of their family ties and several others reasons about business or projects acceptable by the Communist regime. We met them every month and they had so many things to tell us, including the difficulties of their life, the fact that they felt a little harassed by the new environment and their need of communication with North America. 1927 was a great year for communication: January 7, was the First public trans-Atlantic telephone call done via radio. A Transatlantic service from New York to London became operational, transmitted by radio waves. Underwater cables were no longer necessary! But In The Soviet Union, no way to join your Family in Michigan or Wisconsin! Si I imagined with these new friends of ours a system of news with the help of the U.S. Embassy in London who would call their families recurrently and received their calls when emergency then the information would be received in Moscow by mail in the small American community. Because the mail from America arrived sometimes several months after it was sent, the people felt isolated and this new phone idea had a lot of success. Valentine proposed the project in Prague and it was approved two months later!

Valentine and I visited some factories in the Soviet Capital and we saw how much the workers looked poor and exhausted, speaking about the soviets like if they spoke about gods and giving us the image of a sad but strong motivation for their production to be developed and distributed in the vast new empire. It was not a democracy and the journalists that we met for lunch, every week, repeated always the names of Lenin, their Soviet founder and Stalin, the new leader, every 5 minutes, to glorify them and make us understand that they would not stop their enterprise of collectivism. They were not aggressive, just militants and excited by their ideology. The streets of Moscow were so beautiful during the day and we walked daily to go to our appointments, thinking about Prague that we missed not too much but just a little. I tried to understand how this economy was working and if it was possible to prepare a permanent diplomacy relationship with them. I was invited by their government for some talks but it did not seem easy because they had bad translators and showed some hate for the USA. So Valentine told me: let’s wait and see, don’t accept new invitations, stay home and work on what you understand the best, the social mood and the possibility of hope of something better for them and our dialogue with them. She was right, I wrote a lot, she corrected my texts and we had one thousand pages ready for our Prague’s return.

At the 15th Congress of the Communist Party Of The Soviet Union in December 1927, Stalin attacked the left by expelling Leon Trotsky and his supporters from the party and moving against the right by abandoning Lenin’s New Economic Policy. In Prague, we were preparing Christmas after 6 months of intensive networking and studies in the capital of Russia, from March to August. It was all about our memories now and a strong experience with the difficulties of ambitious programs that make the future of a family.”

Velvet Eyes: The Soviet Union Was The Right Place To Go Together For A Visit In Moscow, The City That Was In Our Mind! 3rd  New Episode (1927). Publication: Sept 3, 2009. A Story By Mike Fuller, PhD. All rights reserved.

Paul Klee - Mother And Child (1938). In Moscow, Jonathan And Vaalentine Arrived With Their First Child In Order To Meditate Together About The Regime And The Mistake Of Communism.

Paul Klee - Mother And Child (1938). In Moscow, Jonathan And Vaalentine Arrived With Their First Child In Order To Meditate Together About The Regime And The Mistake Of Communism.

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