Tuesday, July 10, 2012

More on Gareth Jones

I understand the BBC programme was very interesting and informative. Sadly, I managed to miss the talk at the Frontline Club as well, having already acquired tickets for the National Film Theatre (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, since you ask). A friend sent me a link to a blog, run by the National Library of Wales, which had a posting about Garet Jones as, apparently, his papers are now in a specially collected archive in the library.

That is very good news. The posting itself is not such good news, being rather flatly written and avoiding any really serious comment that might be interpreted as being ... shock, horror ... anti-Soviet.

Apart from referring to the Soviet Union as Russia, we get gems like "and visited Russia, writing a series of articles exposing conditions in the famine wracked Ukraine" and "harrowing descriptions of conditions in the Ukraine in the early 1930’s when millions starved as a result of the Holodomor". Just happened, eh? What was Holodomor, anyway? Why can't J Graham Jones, the author be a little more forthcoming? If Gareth Jones had been this mealy-mouthed, he would have lived a long and peaceful life.

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