The Cold War Revisited
Volume 24, No. 4
from the editor
D-Day in Mosinee, by Carl R. Weinberg
It was six o’clock in the morning on May 1, 1950. In Mosinee, Wisconsin, a small Marathon County papermill town, Mayor Ralph Kronenwetter was still in his pajamas. Suddenly, outside of his house, a man shouted, “Come out with your hands on your head.” Five armed guards stormed inside. They grabbed the mayor, paraded him out the door, and informed him that the Council of People’s Commissars had taken over the town. The man leading the assault was Chief Commissar Joseph Zack Kornfeder (see cover image), who declared Mosinee part of the United Soviet States of America. The communist invasion of Mosinee had begun. Read more >
“A Peace that is No Peace”: The Cold War as Contemporary History,
A Literature So Immense: The Historiography of Anticommunism,
The Cold War and the Struggle for Civil Rights,
History and Haggar Pants: the Cold War on Tape,
“I am too young to die”: Children and the Cold War,
When Nike Meant Missiles: Exploring Local Vestiges of the Cold War,
The Venona Project and Cold War Espionage,
- Salt of the Earth Resources
- Salt of the Earth Discussion Questions
- Red Movie in Making, 83rd Cong., 1st sess., Congressional Record 99 (February 24, 1953): H 1372.
- Ghere Handouts 1 through 10
on the cover
Ex-Communist Joseph Zack Kornfeder (1898-1963) assumes the role of Chief Commissar of Mosinee, United Soviet States of America, in the American Legion sponsored mock communist invasion of Mosinee, Wisconsin on May 1, 1950. Along with fellow ex-Communist Benjamin Gitlow, Kornfeder was hired by the Legion to make the two-day Stalinist dictatorship “realistic.” The event drew widespread media attention and was later featured in the film Atomic Café (1987). Historians have paid increasing attention to the impact of the Cold War on American culture.
Francis Miller, Joseph Zack Kornfeder (1950) (Courtesy of Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images).