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Title: Reminiscences of Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev
RLIN number: NXCP89-A38
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: In late 1966 or early 1967, at the state-owned dasha outside Moscow to which he had been consigned after his fall from power in 1964, Nikita Khrushchev began the series of tape-recorded monologues that make up this archive. He continued, with one four-month interruption because of illness, until a few days before his death, dictating without benefit of interviewer, papers, or a reference library. Spanning his entire career, the memoirs detail early steps up the Party ladder; first impressions of Stalin; the failures of collectivization; the years of the purges; campaigns of World War II; Stalin's behavior in post-war years; the state of Party leadership after Stalin's death; Khrushchev's exposure of Stalin's crimes in the secret speech at the Twentieth Party Congress; and a topic-by-topic discussion of foreign and domestic affairs in the years that followed, generously sprinkled with earthy anecdotes and vignettes of Soviet leaders. How these tapes came into the hands of Time, Inc. remains undisclosed, but they furnished the grist for two volumes that were translated and edited by Strobe Talbott, KHRUSHCHEV REMEMBERS (1970) and KHRUSHCHEV REMEMBERS: A LAST TESTAMENT (1974). The front matter of these provides all that is available as to provenance; but this archive, which includes detailed topical outlines in addition to completely new transcriptions of the tapes, in Russian, offers a much fuller record of what Khrushchev had to say. These transcriptions and the outlines have been furnished by the University's Russian Institute on a grant supplied by the donors, Time, Inc. Also included is a report of the voice-printing analyses to which the tapes were subjected to verify their authenticity.
Extent: Transcript: 2,516 leaves
Restrictions: Access: Open. Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1974. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Speaker: Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1894
Speaker occupation: Premier of the Soviet Union
Document date: Undated
Interviewer: Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971
Topics discussed - Other terms: Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeyevich, 1894-1971; Prime ministers; Soviet Union--Foreign relations--20th century; Soviet Union--Politics and government--20th century
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0020902-16343