Alexander Werth

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Werth, Alexander


Born Feb. 4, 1901, in St. Petersburg; died Mar. 5, 1969, in Paris. British journalist and writer.

Werth moved to Great Britain in 1917 together with his family. (His father was British and his mother Russian.) In 1922, Werth graduated from the University of Glasgow. He began his career as a journalist in 1924 and worked for the press in Britain, the USA, France, and a number of other countries. Werth worked in Paris for a long time. Between 1941 and 1948 he was the Moscow correspondent for a number of British newspapers and (until 1946) for the BBC. His direct acquaintance with the life of the Soviet people during the Great Patriotic War (1941--45) served as a basis for writing the book Russia at War, 1941-1945 (1964; Russian translation, 1967). Werth also wrote France, 1940-1955 (1956; Russian translation, 1959) and America in Doubt (1959), among other works.


Last Days of Paris. London, 1940.
Moscow, 41. London, 1942.
Leningrad. London, 1944.
The Year of Stalingrad. London, 1946.
De Gaulle. [London, 1965.]


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