Antikrieg TV – Victor Grossman is an us-american publicist and author who defected to the Soviet Union in 1952, and is now living in Germany.
He was born in New York City. In 1952, while serving as a U.S. soldier in Austria, Victor Grossman swam the Danube River and became one of a handful of soldiers from the NATO nations who defected to the Soviets. Grossman feared prosecution by U.S. authorities for not declaring his membership in left-wing political organizations prior to his entering the army. Following assessment by Soviet authorities, Grossman was sent to East Germany, where he continued his studies in journalism at Karl Marx University. Victor Grossman, who was once Stephen Wechsler, decided to change his name after he fled the Army. His Soviet interrogators suggested Victor Grossman. Before his war service, Grossman had graduated from Harvard University. In 1994 the US Army dropped charges of desertion against him. Grossman reclaimed his US passport, traveled to America several times, including a book tour to promote his memoir Crossing the River: A Memoir of the American Left, the Cold War, and Life in East Germany. Grossman is a frequent contributor to the Marxist magazine Monthly Review.
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