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Samantha Smith Visits the Soviet Union (1983) Options
Daemon
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Samantha Smith Visits the Soviet Union (1983)

In 1982, Samantha Smith, a 10-year-old American girl, wrote a letter to the newly elected leader of the USSR, Yuri Andropov, asking if he intended to start a war. Andropov replied personally. Expressing a desire for lasting peace with the US, he invited Smith to visit. The following July, she and her parents spent two weeks in the USSR amidst a media frenzy that hailed her as a goodwill ambassador. After her death in a plane crash two years later, she was honored by both nations in what ways? More...
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This poor girl was somewhat naive. The Soviet propaganda used her heavily in their "struggle for peace" (while they were still fighting in Afghanistan).
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Samantha Smith Visits the Soviet Union (1983)
In 1982, Samantha Smith, a 10-year-old American girl, wrote a letter to the newly elected leader of the USSR, Yuri Andropov, asking if he intended to start a war. Andropov replied personally. Expressing a desire for lasting peace with the US, he invited Smith to visit. The following July, she and her parents spent two weeks in the USSR amidst a media frenzy that hailed her as a goodwill ambassador.
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Wittingly or unwittingly she did some great things for both countries. At least for a moment people can shout "peace" instead of morbid "war".
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The summer after Samantha died, Jane Smith, her mother, returned to the Soviet Union. By then she had left her position as an administrator with the Maine Department of Social Services. With her were 20 of Samantha’s classmates from Maine. Where Samantha had gone, they went. By then an asteroid, a flower, a mountain, and a cruise ship bore Samantha’s name in the Soviet Union. At Artek, the camp where Samantha had spent the happiest days of her trip, Jane Smith walked along Samantha Smith Alley, entered through a gate where a portrait of Samantha greeted visitors. A package from Jane Smith will reach Mikhail Gorbachev.

In Maine, the first Monday in June is officially Samantha Smith Day, when schools across the state will plan activities to help children understand other cultures and to remember Samantha.


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