I Chose Justice

Russian defector Victor Kravchenko's account of his "trial of the the century"


Victor Kravchenko


Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1950
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Printing Details

First US edition. Hardback in dustwrapper. 21.5 × 14cm, 458pp + 31pp appendix.

Victor Kravchenko was a Russian defector best known for his 1946 memoir of life in the Soviet Union, I Chose Freedom. This lesser-known memoir mainly covered his "trial of the century" in France. An attack on Kravchenko's character by the French Communist weekly Les Lettres Françaises resulted in him suing them for libel in a French court. The extended 1949 trial featuring hundreds of witnesses was dubbed "The Trial of the Century". The Soviet Union flew in Kravchenko's former colleagues to denounce him, accusing him of being a traitor, a draft dodger, and an embezzler. His ex-wife appeared as well, accusing him of being physically abusive and sexually impotent. He went on to win the case.


The book itself is in very good condition, the dustwrapper has some light wear and a little chipping to the edges but has not been price-clipped.



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