Gareth Jones

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Complete Soviet Articles & Background Information


Précis of Gareth's Soviet Famine Articles


All Published Articles




Tell Them We Are Starving




Eyewitness to the Holodomor



More Than Grain of Truth



Manchukuo Incident





'Are you Listening NYT?'  U.N. Speech - Nov 2009


Gareth Recognised at Cambridge - Nov 2009


Reporter and the Genocide - Rome, March 2009


Order of Freedom Award -Nov 2008


Premiere of 'The Living' Documentary Kyiv - Nov 2008


Gareth Jones 'Famine' Diaries - Chicago 2008


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These reports confirmed and followed shortly after Malcolm Muggeridge’s accounts in the Manchester Guardian and, as Muggeridge’s biographer mentions, Gareth’s stoHTTP/1.1 100 Continue ries were incorporated in his book Winter in Moscow.

A rebuttal was promptly presented by Walter Durranty, U.S. correspondent - long in the Soviet ‘good graces’ to which Gareth replied in the New York Times reaffirming that starvation was widespread in Russia.  Soviet propaganda, fed by the party activists who were imbued with a religious fervour, so impressed foreign visitors and delegates that the outside world was unaware of the catastrophe that had befallen 90% of the Russian people.  In a letter to Gareth of April 17th 1933, Muggeridge describes Durranty as “a plain crook, though an amusing little man in his way” and offered to write a letter of protest to the New York Times if he had sight of Durranty’s piece.  Later that year Muggeridge wrote again having seen the Durranty contribution and commented:  “He just writes what they tell him”.  [Letter of September 29th 1933.]

Gareth wrote that the success of Stalin’s plan of collectivisation and industrialisation would strengthen the hands of the Communists throughout the world.  As early as 1930 he was one of those who predicted that the 20th century would be a struggle between Capitalism and Communism.  As we reach the new millennium and are able to look back over the history of the twentieth century we can see that his belief was remarkably accurate.

His fluent German greatly facilitated his reporting of German affairs and in 1933 he was the first foreign correspondent to fly with Hitler in his plane, the famous ‘Richthofen’, the fastest and most powerful aeroplane in Germany at that time.  His article starts as follows:  “If this aeroplane should crash the whole history of Europe would be changed.  For a few feet away sits Adolf Hitler, Chancellor of Germany and leader of the most volcanic nationalist awakening which the world has seen”. 

He described Hitler as an ordinary-looking man and was mystified how fourteen million people could deify him as ‘The Great Dictator’.  The flight was from Berlin to Frankfurt-am-Main where Hitler was to speak at a rally of Nazi supporters.  At the rally Gareth described the people as being “drunk with nationalism”, and that the atmosphere was one of hysteria in the auditorium.  25,000 men rose to their feet, 25,000 arms were raised in salute and 25,000 voices shouted ‘Heil Hitler’.  The dictator’s speech completely mesmerised the audience.

Gareth with his Mother

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