Letters From Moscow
In 1941 Laurence Cadbury visited the Soviet Union as a part of an economic mission. Laurence wrote extensively about his travels and produced a booklet of his letters for private circulation upon his return to Birmingham. Laurence’s tone in the letters is fairly upbeat, especially in his earlier writings. However, unpublished extracts show that he was less optimistic than he appeared.
Laurence Cadbury was in Moscow in the months following Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union. Although the invasion of the USSR turned out to be a turning point for the fortunes of the Nazi’s, it was still a brutal campaign, with the Soviet Union losing close to 5 million soldiers between June and December of 1941. Cadbury’s letters provide an insight into the mood in the Russian capital during the war, with his descriptions of air-raids and numerous meetings with numerous foreign diplomats and ministers. Cadbury left Moscow in September of 1941.
This text was written by University of Birmingham student Branwen Onono who is cataloguing the Sir Adrian Cadbury Archive, which is mainly made up of papers relating to the life of Laurence Cadbury.