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Kulturrevolution – Familie Crook, Dikötter
Mai 16th, 2016 by Gao

Paul Crook: Growing up a foreigner during Mao’s Cultural Revolution (BBC)

Paul Crook’s Communist parents met in China in 1940 and brought up their three sons in Beijing. In the 1960s, Paul was caught up in the Cultural Revolution, a chaotic attempt to root out elements seen as hostile to Communist rule…
In the autumn of 1967, I joined a bunch of foreign kids and went to a commune just outside Beijing, where we harvested sweet potatoes and pears.
It was a very happy time, but then when I came home three weeks later my brothers said, ‚You’ll never guess what has happened, they’ve arrested a spy at the university among the foreigners, can you guess who it is?‘
I thought of a few relatively dodgy characters. But it turned out to be my father…
We were constantly going to different government departments to find out where he was locked up, so we could deliver reading material to him or food that he liked.
My mother was repeatedly summoned for questioning and eventually she too disappeared…
My father was released from prison after five years, much of it spent in solitary confinement.
He and my mother were later exonerated of any wrongdoing, and received an official apology.
My parents were never physically abused in all the time they were locked up, but it was a trying time, to say the least.
They were sustained by their belief that all this upheaval was part of an attempt to create a better society.

Neil Connor: ‚We thought Mao was doing a wonderful thing,‘ says British Red Guard 50 years after China’s Cultural Revolution (Telegraph)

Michael Crook, a Briton whose Communist father moved to China before the Second World War, was one of a handful of foreigners living in the country when Mao launched an all-out class war…
Far from worrying that he too could come under suspicion because of his Western background, he was among the first of his classmates to sign up for the Red Guard …

Michael Crook: Cultural Revolution (Video, Western Academy of Beijing)
Comrade Isabel Crook: 100 years old and still fighting for communism (Lalkar)
Oren Root: Crook Asserts West Distorts Chinese ‘Cultural Revolution’ (Columbia Daily Spectator, 15. Dezember 1966)

David Crook, an English professor now teaching in Communist China, last night accused the Western press of deliberately distorting news of the current Chinese “Proletarian Cultural Revolution.”

Terry Gross, Frank Dikötter, Dave Davies: Newly Released Documents Detail Traumas Of China’s Cultural Revolution (NPR)

Our guest, historian Frank Dikotter, has plumbed newly-opened Chinese archives to get a deeper understanding of the Cultural Revolution – the motives of its leaders, the scale of the violence and its lasting effects on the country. Dikotter argues in his new book that the turmoil destroyed the credibility of the Communist Party and laid the basis for economic reforms that transformed the country. … FRESH AIR contributor Dave Davies spoke to him about his new book, „The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History.“

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