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Vol. 07 , No. 01   


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Road to Potsdam and After
VALENTIN BEREZHKOV
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1991

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is proud to welcome Dr. Valentin Berezhkov. Dr. Berezhkov was the founder of Moscow's most authoritative journal of American affairs, issued by the Institute for Study of the USA and Canada. As its editor, he played a prominent role in the struggle for glasnost and perestroika in the USSR. Now 70 years old, he has stepped down as editor and has been named senior researcher of the institute.

Dr. Berezhkov has a Ph.D. in history and has had a long and spectacular career as a Soviet diplomat. As a young foreign service officer, he was assigned to Nazi Germany and served as an interpreter for Molotov with Hitler. He was also Stalin's interpreter at the Tehran and Potsdam conferences. Dr. Berezhkov is probably the only man alive who took part in these conferences with Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.

He has written numerous articles and books, including Diplomatic Mission to Hitler (1965), With Stalin in Tehran, Road to Potsdam (1978), History in the Making (1983), and Problems in Soviet Foreign Policy. Last year, a television film based on his life and experiences was made in Moscow, and portions have been shown in the United States.

Dr. Berezhkov has visited the Claremont Colleges numerous times for lectures. In 1986 he addressed an overflowing crowd at the graduate school and stimulated lively discussion. Please join us for dinner and his lecture by returning the enclosed reservation form.