The Diary of Georgi Dimitrov, 1933-1949. (2003)
Edited by Ivo Banac.
The Bulgarian revolutionary Georgi Dimitrov, whose
trilingual diary is between 1,500 and 2,000 typescript pages in length,
was the head of the Comintern from 1936 through its dissolution in 1943,
secretary general of the Bulgarian Communist Party from 1945 to 1949,
and prime minister of Bulgaria from 1946 to 1949. Dimitrov kept his
diary in the language of his principal residence at the time. The period
1933-1935 is in German (Dimitrov gained international fame as the
principal defendant in the Leipzig Fire Trial in 1933); 1936-1944 is in
Russian; 1945-1949 is in Bulgarian. Dimitrov recorded the important
events and meetings of each day, including his conversations with
Stalin. The diary described Dimitrov's tumultuous career and revealed
much about the inner working of the international Communist
organizations, the opinions and actions of the Soviet leadership, and
the Soviet Unionís role in shaping the postwar Eastern Europe.
Dimitrov provides transcriptions of letters from Stalin, as well as
diplomatic cables, letters and memoranda from other Communist Party
leaders, notably Mao Zedong and Marshal Tito.
Editor: Ivo Banac, Yale University
Principal Archive: All editing is based on Dimitrovís original
manuscript owned by Dimitrovís son, Boiko Dimitrov. RGASPI possesses a microfilm of the diaries, as well as secondary
documents necessary for annotation and commentary.
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