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A project to send Russians donated works of American literature formed part of the overall program of Russian War Relief.  This aspect has recently been investigated by researchers from the Yekaterinburg Regional Library who have launched a study to trace what the effects of this effort were and whether any memories of it remain. As the documents presented by Mrs. Yakubovskaya show, most of the American books received by 1946 were placed in the Library of Foreign Literature in Moscow.  Public interest in this collection was ended by a "witch hunting" political environment in the country that treated any interest in American literature as “support for American imperialism.”  A specific decree banished public access to the collection for decades as well as hid the history of its origin. read more...

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