By Kati Marton
An account of the 1948 assassination of count number Folke Bernadotte, a Swedish U.N. mediator within the Arab-Israeli clash, discusses his homicide by way of the Israeli Stern Gang, whose club incorporated Yitzhak Shamir, and the explanations for the killing.
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Its alleged cultural waywardness (the ‘jazz and swing mania,’ radio advertisements, Hollywood ‘inanities,’ ‘cheese-cake and leg-art’); its alleged moral hypocrisy (the negro question, sharecroppers, okies); etc. etc. . S. formula of ‘Shed light and the people will find their own way’ exaggerates the possibilities in Germany (and in europe) for an easy conversion. . It would be foolish to expect to wean a primitive savage away from his conviction in mysterious jungle-herbs simply by the dissemination of modern scientific medical information.
24 Some clichés were harder to dispel. ” Fortunately for the organizers, 18 THe CuLTurAL CoLd WAr the talk was followed “by songs performed by a colored quintet. The negroes continued to sing long after official closing time and . . ” 25 The problem of race relations in America was much exploited by Soviet propaganda and left many europeans uneasy about America’s ability to practice the democracy she now claimed to be offering the world. It was therefore reasoned that the exporting of African Americans to perform in europe would dispel such damaging perceptions.
19 of course, there were good reasons for opposing the Soviets, who were moving in swiftly behind the cold weather front. Communists came to power in Poland in January. In Italy and France there were rumors of Communist coups d’état. Soviet strategists had been quick to grasp the potential of the widespread instability of postwar europe. With an energy and resourcefulness which showed that Stalin’s regime, for all its monolithic intractability, could avail itself of an imaginative vigor unmatched by Western governments, the Soviet union deployed a battery of unconventional weapons to nudge itself into the european consciousness, and soften up opinion in its favor.
A Death in Jerusalem by Kati Marton