Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev

Volume 1: Commissar, 1918-1945

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Sergei Khrushchev
Published 20 Jun 2013
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Nikita Khrushchev’s proclamation from the floor of the United Nations that "we will bury you" is one of the most chilling and memorable moments in the history of the Cold War, but from the Cuban Missile Crisis to his criticism of the Soviet ruling structure late in his career the motivation for Khrushchev’s actions wasn’t always clear. Many Americans regarded him as a monster, while in the USSR he was viewed at various times as either hero or traitor. But what was he really like, and what did he really think? Readers of Khrushchev’s memoirs will now be able to answer these questions for themselves (and will discover that what Khrushchev really said at the UN was "we will bury colonialism").

This is the first volume of three in the only complete and fully reliable version of the memoirs available in English. In this volume, Khrushchev recounts how he became politically active as a young worker in Ukraine, how he climbed the ladder of power under Stalin to occupy leading positions in Ukraine and then Moscow, and how as a military commissar he experienced the war against the Nazi invaders. He vividly portrays life in Stalin's inner circle and among the generals who commanded the Soviet armies.

Khrushchev’s sincere reflections upon his own thoughts and feelings add to the value of this unique personal and historical document. Included among the Appendixes is Sergei Khrushchev’s account of how the memoirs were created and smuggled abroad during his father’s retirement.

“One of the most extraordinary archives of the twentieth century”

—Strobe Talbott, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State


Captions to Photographs

Translators Preface

Editors Foreword

Andrei Bitov. The Baldest and the Boldest

Abbreviations and Acronyms

The Memoirs


Part I. The Beginning of the Road

A Little About Myself

The Fourteenth Party Conference

A Few Words About the NEP

The Fifteenth Party Congress

The Move to Kharkov

The Move to Kiev

At the Industrial Academy

Personal Acquaintance with Stalin

Moscow Workdays

The Kirov Assassination

Some Consequences of the Kirov Assassination

In the Ukraine Again

The Ukraine-Moscow (Crossroads of the 1930s)

The Second World War Approaches

The Beginning of the Second World War

Events on the Eve of War

Part II. The Great Patriotic War

The Difficult Summer of 1941

People and Events of Summer and Fall 1941

1942: From Winter to Summer

By the Ruins of Stalingrad

Turn of the Tide at Stalingrad

The Road to Rostov

Before the Battle of Kursk and at Its Beginning

To the Dnieper!

Kiev Is Ours Again!

We Liberate the Ukraine

Forward to Victory!

Postwar Reflections

The Far East After the Great Patriotic War

War Memoirs


A Short Biography of N. S. Khrushchev

L. Lasochko. The Khrushchev Family Line: A Historical Note

Sergei Khrushchev. The History of the Creation and Publication of the Khrushchev

Memoirs (1967-1999)

Conversation with N. S. Khrushchev at the Party Control Committee