The Science for Peace BULLETIN just came and as usual I enjoyed reading it. In the ‘President’s Corner”, however, an unfortunate mistake has been made. You say that “Kapitza was sentenced to deportation and compulsory labor.” Is this correct? We saw him twice in Copenhagen: once in Age Bohr’s house about 1968, when he came together with his son and again in 1973, when he visited with his wife. At that time we spent a whole day with him, taking them out to Louisiana and Sletten. Surely he suffered under Stalin’s house arrest and strict surveillance, but lived to enjoy once more freedom of movement and communication.
However, I agree with you that the treatment of Sakharov continues to warrant the severest criticism and effort to free him.
- Hannah Peters
My source was Sakharov Speaks by H. Salisbury. There may be no contradiction here: Kapitza could have served his period of house arrest and also been sent to compulsory labour. His obvious subsequent release and rehabilitation with freedom to travel abroad again was what was not mentioned in the Salisbury book and is a welcome corrective thereto. Thank you for this important information. — A.R.