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Title: National Alliance of Russian Solidarists : correspondence & photographs
Identifier/Call Number: M1909
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material:
1.0 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): circa 1930-1990
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Includes 150 photographs of NTS activists and events associated with NTS activities, circa 1930-1989. The correspondence includes
letters to N.B. Tarasova, 1962-1982, circa 155 pages from Sergei Rafal'skii, 70 pages from Anatolii Darov + unpublished poems,
12 pages from Nina Fedorova, 12 pages from Leonid Rzhevskii, and 10 pages from Nikolai Arsen'ev + unpublished poems. Other
batches of correspondence include 200 pages of letters to the chairman of NTS, V.M. Baidalakov, to V.D. Poremskii, and others,
and there are some 390 letters and postcards to the editorial office of the weekly Posev.There is also a 136-page typescript
by N.S. Kozorez, "About service in a Cossack encampment and 10 ears in Stalin's camps."
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[identification of item], National Alliance of Russian Solidarists : correspondence and photographs, 1930-1982 (M1909). Dept.
of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
The National Alliance of Russian Solidarists (“Народно-Трудовой Союз российских солидаристов” or NTS) is a Russian émigré
political organization founded in Belgrade in 1930 by a young generation of exiled Russians. It soon spread to other European
capitals, and during the course of the next 50 years, it became the largest and the most active Russian émigré political organization,
having its center in Western Germany. The ideology of the NTS was based on anti-communism. The main accent was on the belief
that the Soviet system was incapable of evolution, and therefore it needed to be removed by means of internal opposition.
The other principle of the ideology of the NTS was solidarism, built largely on the NTS’s understanding of the ethical code
of Christianity. The NTS stressed the collective social responsibility of people for the welfare of others, and it praised
the principle of national and international solidarity against the communist idea of class struggle. The NTS defended democratic
participation in government. Its platform included an appreciation of human rights and the idea of individual freedom and
personal responsibility. The NTS proposed to solve the problem of socialism versus capitalism by articulating an ideology
which placed itself “beyond right and left”.
The members of the NTS were politically active, striving to find the best ways of creating and underground revolutionary force
in Soviet Union and using the following means to try to achieve its goals: sending its people into the Soviet Union covertly;
clandestinely distributing propaganda leaflets; setting up radio station. NTS members were strongly opposed to the Soviet
regime, but they felt close to the Russian culture and people. The publishing of books and other literature became one of
the distinguishing features of all the activities run by NTS. In 1945, the first NTS publishing house, the Russian language
press Posev, was created in Germany in the refugee camp Monchehof, located in the Kassel district in the State of Hessen.
In 1947, Posev moved its headquarters to Limburg (Limburg an der Lahn); in 1952 it moved to Frankfurt am Main. Over the years,
300 books were published by Posev, and the weekly journal Posev and the literary magazine Grani gained excellent reputations.
Not only anti-communist propaganda articles were published, but also highly valued literary works. Between 1960 and the the
end of the 80-ties, about 170 titles by dissident authors from the Soviet Union were published by Posev. It can be said that
the activity of Posev penetrated the Iron Curtain in both directions, and it contributed immensely to the collapse of Soviet
Empire in 1989.
This collection contains materials regarding Posev’s “Limburg” period (1947-1952), and it also contains the correspondence
between the editors and several authors (1949-1976). Exceptional value can be attributed to the photograph collection (150
are dated from 1936 to 1983). Most of the photographs have been identified, and they constitute a rich source for future researchers
interested in the history of the NTS. Vladimir Semenovich Batshev (Batchev) is a Russian writer who has lived since 1995 in
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Arsenev, Nikolai Sergeevich, 1888-1977
Artemov, Aleksandr Nikolaevich , 1910-
Baidalakov, Viktor Mikhailovich, 1900-1967
Darov, Anatolii, 1920-
Galich, Aleksandr Arkadevich, 1918-1977
Gorachek, Vladimir IAromirovich, 1916-1981
Mirkovich, Elizaveta Romanovna, 1918-1994
Okolovich, Georgii Sergeevich, 1901-1980
Olgskii, Mikhail Leonidovich, 1912-1998
Ostrovskii (Romanov), Evgenii Aleksandrovich, 1914
Poremskii, Vladimir Dmitrievich, 1909-1997
Rafalskii, Sergeii Milievich, 1895-1981
Redlikh, Roman Nikolaevich, 1911
Rzhevskii, Leonid Denisovich, 1905-
Siniavskii, Andrei Donatovich, 1925-1997
Sorokin, Pitirim Aleksandrovich, 1889-1968
Svetlanin, Andrei Vasilevich, 1909-1965
Tarasova, Nataliia Borisovna
Trushnovich, Aleksandr Rudolfovich, 1893-1954
Zalevskii, Mikhail Nikolaevich, 1895-1996