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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Alexander Vardy papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-2002
    Collection number: 91014
    Creator: Vardy, Alexander, 1916-1991
    Extent: 131 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 envelope 55.6 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Writings, transcripts and sound recordings of Radio Liberty broadcasts, Radio Liberty memoranda and other internal documents, and reports, studies, newsletters, printed matter, and photographs, relating to Radio Liberty broadcasts to the Soviet Union, and to Soviet politics, culture and society.
    Language: Russian.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Alexander Vardy papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in increments from 1991 to 2002.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1916 September 10 Born, Smolensk, Russia (Aleksandr Markovich Lifits)
    1933 Graduated from high school
    1933-1936 Attended the Moscow Technical Institute for Mechanics and Moscow University Law School
    1936 Arrested for "anti Soviet propaganda" and sentenced to three years of forced labor for defending Einstein's relativity theory
    1939 Released from the camp
    1941 Graduated from an engineering college
    1941-1945 Fought in the Soviet Army
    1945-1950 Engineer and Senior Engineer in the State Highway Directorate (Gosudarstvennoe Upravlenie Shosseinykh Dorog SSSR - Gushosdor)
    1950 Arrested as a "political recidivist"
    1950-1955 Sentenced to ten years of forced labor camps, but released after five years
    1955-1957 Senior official in a factory, Stanislav
    1956 Rehabilitated
    1957 Left the Soviet Union for Poland, then emigrated to Israel
    1962 Joined Radio Liberty, Munich, Germany
    1963-1981 Broadcaster, Radio Liberty
    1964 Author, Prorub'
    1971 Author, Podkonvoinyi mir
    1983 Settled in California
    1991 May 2 Died, Hayward, California

    Scope and Content Note

    This collection of papers of Alexander Vardy (Aleksandr Markovich Lifits) primarily covers Vardy's work for Radio Liberty in Munich from 1963 to his retirement in 1980. It includes broadcast transcripts; correspondence; labor camp anecdotes, poetry, and songs; printed matter; and writings. Phonotapes of broadcasts, interviews, and songs are also included.
    Born in Smolensk, Vardy had by 1936 finished three semesters at the Technical Institute for Mechanics in Moscow and studied law at the Moscow Law School. In 1936 he was arrested and kept in the prisons of Lubianka and Butyrka. The same year he was sentenced to three years in forced labor camps. Released in 1939, he returned home and graduated from engineering college in 1941.
    In July 1941 Vardy was mobilized to join the Soviet Army and fought the Germans until the end of World War II. He was arrested again in 1950 as a "political recidivist" and sentenced to ten years in transpolar forced labor camps. After five years Vardy was released and rehabilitated.
    In 1957 Alexander Vardy and his family left for Poland, and later the same year he emigrated to Israel. His 146 articles and book The Ice Hole were published in Israel and abroad.
    In 1962 Vardy joined Radio Liberty in Munich, West Germany. From 1963 to his retirement in 1980 he wrote and produced more then 2000 radio programs about Soviet science, ideology, politics and economics.
    The largest and perhaps most interesting series of papers is RADIO LIBERTY BROADCAST TRANSCRIPTS, which documents not only Vardy's broadcasts, but also a huge variety of other Radio Liberty broadcasts about events and people. Famous authors and Russian dissidents are the subject of, wrote, or otherwise participated in many of the programs for which transcripts are available.
    Also of interest is the material relating to Vardy's publications, including articles and notes about Jews, German and Soviet media on anti-Semitism and Nazism; and two books, The Ice Hole and World Under Convoy, about Russian concentration camps.
    The series WRITINGS BY OTHERS contains works of famous Russian poets and writers.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Radio broadcasting--Soviet Union.
    Soviet Union--Politics and government.
    Soviet Union--Social conditions.
    Soviet Union--Civilization.
    Russians--Germany.
    Russians--United States.
    Soviet Union.
    Russia (Federation)
    Germany.
    United States--Foreign relations.
    Radio Liberty (Prague, Czech Republic)