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Overview of the Vladimir M. Il'in papers
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Memoirs, other writings, correspondence, printed matter, and photographs, relating to Russian émigré affairs, and to accusations of fascism brought against Il'in. Includes posthumous family correspondence relating to Freedom of Information Act inquiries.
Vladimir Il’in (born Vladimir Berner) was a Russian military officer who emigrated to the United States, where he became publisher and editor of the satirical magazine Bich (The Whip). His day job was at the Sikorsky Aircraft factory, from which he was fired after Walter Winchell “outed” him as a fascist. In fact, his only connection to fascism was that Anastase Vonsiatsky’s magazine Fashist was published in the same printing house. Correspondence in the papers from Il’in, and later his son Anatole document his attempt to clear his name and record.
3 manuscript boxes (1.2 linear feet)
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