Color shots of an attache (spy) of the United States in the USSR 1952-1954

Color shots of an attache (spy) of the United States in the USSR 1952-1954

January 27, 2017

Says the American historian Douglas Smith.

Major Martin Manhoff served in the US Embassy in Moscow from February 1952 to June 1954, after he was expelled from the USSR on espionage charges. For two years in the Soviet Union, Manhoff traveled extensively and shot most of what he saw on the 16mm color film. All materials were in the closet in his home state of Washington, for more than half a century.

After the death of his wife, I was asked to visit the Manhoffs house last summer and see if Martin left anything of value. I was amazed at what I discovered. Over the past few months I have digitized a lot of photos and movies. Among the precious frames, about 15 minutes of color video of the funeral of Stalin, taken from the window of the top floor of the old American embassy. There are thousands of color photographs taken on the streets of Moscow, Leningrad, Murmansk, Yalta, and at points along the Trans-Siberian railway.

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