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WILL OUR GRANDCHILDREN LIVE UNDER COMMUNISM? (Ad Flier)

On Sunday, June 2, 1957 Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev appeared on the CBS public affairs program “Face the Nation” and made the bold prediction for the estimated ten million U.S. viewers* that “your grandchildren in America will live under socialism.” The incendiary statement lived on for years as a rallying cry and as fundraising copy for the anti-Communist cause.

This flier advertising an anti-Communist documentary is but one of many that paraphrased Khrushchev’s infamous remark. The advertisement was apparently issued out of the offices of the Republican National Committee. The RNC is referenced in the return address offered for interested parties to order a print of the "16mm 1/2 hour sound film." It should be noted that the contact name listed for ordering the film is John Hvasta, an anti-Communist speaker who spent three and a half years in a Czechoslovakia prison. His fascinating story was read into the Congressional Record on February 7, 1990.

In his July 28, 1960 Republican National Convention acceptance speech, GOP nominee for President Richard M. Nixon responded rhetorically to Khrushchev’s earlier prophesy. Nixon stated “…let us say his grandchildren will live in freedom.” Nixon’s prediction, of course, turned out to be the correct one as Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev (1959-2007), Khrushchev’s grandson, experienced life in a democratic Russia before dying of a stroke February 23, 2007. Khrushchev was a journalist.

* Source for viewership comes from page 30 of Face the Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-Winning News Broadcast by Bob Schieffer (Simon and Schuster, 2004).

WILL OUR GRANDCHILDREN LIVE UNDER COMMUNISM? (Ad Flier)
Circa 1960
John Hvasta
Republican National Committee

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