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Victor Grossman speaking engagements

  • A Room of One's Own Bookshop 315 West Gorham Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Victor Grossman, a US/German commentator on social & political developments based in Berlin, will share his unique experiences and lessons for our future, based on surveying his years in three different systems (the U.S., East Germany and unified Germany), to address “the world's current need for solutions to its huge problems: the growing rich-poor gap, the environmental menaces, growing fascist movements and the persistent danger of atomic war”. 

This is part of a book tour on his latest book,  A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee.

  • Sunday, June 16, 5pm, at Peace Action Center, 1001 E. Keefe St., Milwaukee 53212

  • Monday, June 17, 7pm, at Boswell’s Bookstore 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee 53211 

  • Tuesday, June 18,  6pm, at A Room of One's Own Bookshop, 315 W. Gorham St., Madison, WI 53703 (see the bookstore's website description)

Norman Stockwell, publisher, The Progressive wrote

"In his conclusion, Victor Grossman (Stephen Wechsler) references one of his favorite songs, Which Side Are You On?, the 1931 striking coal miner’s anthem. For Victor Grossman, there was never a question of which side to be on — he was on the side of the everyday working people.  A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee is an entertaining and informative look at Grossman’s life beginning the day in 1952 he chose to swim across the Danube river and defect from his home country under the threat of being jailed for his political beliefs in the time of McCarthyism. Victor Grossman is no starry-eyed idealist, and regularly critiques mistakes made by the leadership of his adopted home of thirty-eight years, the GDR, and the re-unified Germany of the past twenty-eight. With an astute eye, and the benefit of two cultures and two languages, Grossman is able to look critically at the world of the past six and one half decades. He has, as he says, 'an unusual opportunity to make comparisons.' And he shares those with the reader in a fair and optimistic tone, with the hope for the possibility of a better world.”