Billed as “the gradual opening up of The Soviet Union“, Moscow was busy playing host to a number of Western dignitaries, this week of September 14th in 1955. Konrad Adenauer, West Germany’s Premier, had touched down earlier for a series of talks with Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin and President Nikita Khruschev. To be followed in the coming weeks by visits from the President of Finland, President of France, The Shah of Iran and the Premier of Sweden.
This was symbolic of an about-face going on in Moscow under Khruschev’s leadership. Russia was no longer in the mood to be isolated, and so these invitations for visits were looked on as a hopeful sign and an improvement in relations with the West. High on that list of nations receiving friendly overtures was the U.S., as evidenced by the closing reception for Adenauer in which the U.S. Ambassador Bohlen was warmly greeted by every Soviet official at the reception.
This weekly news capsule program, hosted by Moscow Correspondent Irving R. Levine, gives a rundown of the goings-on in Moscow as a sort of Cultural Exchange program. Levine talks about the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet – the visiting artists, poets and writers from all over Europe, jamming the restaurants and concert halls. It was an uncensored look at the then-current state of social and cultural affairs in and around Moscow.
And that’s what was going on in Moscow, this September 14, 1955 as reported by NBC Radio News.