In the spring of 1931 Gareth Jones joined 'Ivy Lee
and Associates' in Wall Street, New York. Ivy Lee was the entrepreneur to
such organisations as Rockefeller, Chrysler and Standard Oil. Gareth was
to research Russia to enable Ivy Lee to write a book about the country.
Gareth had only been with Lee two months before he was invited to accompany
Jack Heinz II to the Soviet Union for an extended trip of six weeks. In
the latter part of the journey the pair visited Ukraine, saw for themselves
the miserably plight of the peasants and stayed in a bug infested cottage.
They saw the great dam at Dneiper-stroi, and visited Kiev and Kharkov.
They met Walter Duranty, Maurice Hindus, author of Humanity
Uprooted, Louis Fischer who had written a book called Why Recognize
Russia and Lenin's widow, Nadezhda Krupskaya. On this occasion Gareth
did not write many articles, though Jack Heinz used Gareth's diary notes
as a basis for his book which he published on his return - Experiences
in Russia* - 1931. A Diary. [anonymously written by Heinz] and for
which Gareth penned the Preface:
"...With a knowledge of Russia* and the Russian language,
it was possible to get off the beaten path, to talk with grimy workers
and rough peasants, as well as such leaders as Lenin's widow and Karl
Radek [Secretary of the Communist International]. We visited vast engineering
projects and factories, slept on the bug-infested floors of peasants'
huts, shared black bread and cabbage soup - in short, got into direct
touch with the Russian people in their struggle for existence and were
thus able to test their reactions to the Soviet Government's dramatic
moves. It was an experience of tremendous interest and value as a study
of a land in the grip of a proletarian revolution."
Gareth returned to Wall Street where he stayed
until the spring of 1932. The world was in the midst of a great Depression
which had hit the USA very severely and a number of Lee's staff were made
redundant due to the financial climate at that time. Gareth returned to
the employ of David Lloyd George.
N.B. As was the convention of that time, please note that
"Russia" was used to describe all areas of the USSR including
Ukraine. It is also of historical importance that many of the
victims outside of Ukraine were Ukrainians, that were expelled by the
earlier Lenin regime. Also note that many victims within the borders
of Ukraine included ethnic Germans and Russians.