“Let us summarize what the average American was likely to learn about our forced exile to the Soviet Union. Some 'mentally disturbed' man living in the citadel of freedom had taken his unwitting wife and bright children to a land of horrors. His 'crazy' act came after his employers, who could no longer tolerate the 'deteriorating' work brought about by his 'drastic change in behavior,' had to fire him. In Moscow, this 'deeply troubled man' boasted of his scientific work at two prestigious American universities, but a careful and exhaustive check verified that he had never worked at either of them.
“His own stunned father said that his son 'must be mentally disturbed.' Neighbors and former co-workers were 'terribly shocked' that a Jewish family would go to a land where they were sure to receive 'heavy abuse.' Earlier reports showed that the couple had no significant political convictions, which corroborated the government's response that charges of political persecution were 'patently absurd.' Subsequently, it was learned that they had been Communists 'without any human feeling whatsoever.'
“This composite image was fashioned on the backdrop of the long-standing distortion of life under socialism. For most American readers, the caricature was convincing.” (Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the United States, Arnold Lockshin and Lauren Lockshin, p. 118)
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