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Monte Rosa: Memoir of an Accidental Spy

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This event is sponsored by the Center for Intermarium Studies and the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies.

About the Book: A sweeping panorama of the author's life from the outbreak of WWII to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The narrative begins in Ukraine and ends in Paris where he coordinated the work of fifty undercover interviewers engaged in unorthodox research with Soviet visitors in Western Europe, a chapter of Cold War history never revealed in such remarkable detail. The story includes the author's narrow escape from Communism, an account of his extended family's ordeal in the Soviet Gulag, life in post-war Bavaria, thirty years in Chicago and culminates with twelve years in France where he worked for the International Energy Agency and Radio Liberty.

About the Author: Jaroslaw Martyniuk is a former energy economist with the IEA/OECD and a retired sociologist living in Washington, D.C. As a research analyst for Radio Liberty’s Soviet Area Audience and Opinion Research office in Paris during the eighties, he was responsible for coordinating work of fifty Russian-speaking interviewers conducting “unorthodox” public opinion polling with visitors from the Soviet Union, intelligence work carried out on behalf international broadcasters and other interested parties.

A Ukrainian-born American, his life story encompasses a narrow escape from Communism at the end of World War II, life in postwar Germany, emigration to the United States and a career with Amoco Oil in Chicago. In 1979, he returned to Europe where he lived for fifteen years until his work took him to Washington D.C.. Martyniuk speaks five languages and during his multiple careers travelled to every country in continental Europe and visited all of the republics of the former Soviet Union save one.

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