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In 1942 the Soviet Union sent a delegation of three young people to the United States and England with the hopes that the publicity would encourage the Allies to open a second front. Lyudmila was joined by fellow sniper Vladimir Pchelintsev and Moscow fuel commissioner, Nikolai Krasavchenko. After a brief stay in Washington, D.C., the Young Communist League delegation split up with the men taking a tour of the east coast and Pavlichenko traveling with Eleanor Roosevelt to the west coast.
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While her memoirs only briefly mention San Francisco as one of the stops on her tour, curiosity led to a trip to the San Francisco History Center to see what could be found of her visit.
October 7, 1942
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More information about Lyudmila Pavlichenko's visit was found at the San Francisco History Center's S.F. News-Call Bulletin photo morgue and the San Francisco Examiner clippings morgue. Along with a Soviet press photo taken in early 1942, there are photos of Lt. Pavlichenko with University of California Dean of Students, Edwin Voorhies, in Berkeley, and with Mayor Angelo Rossi in San Francisco. An Examiner clipping from October 15, 1942 details highlights from Lt. Pavlichenko's visit to Los Angeles revealing that she had been asked to play a role in a feature film titled Mission to Moscow. Perhaps certain that no one could resist the call of the silver screen, the reporter noted, "Interesting how America has changed Lieut. Pavlichenko from a mannish appearing soldier to a really pretty girl." Lyudmila declined the offer.
San Francisco Public Library has Lady Death: The Memoirs of Stalin's Sniper in hardcover to check out, but you can download the audiobook using your SFPL library card on Hoopla (no waiting on holds!) The library also has copies of the Russian film about Lt. Pavlichenko - Bitva za Sevastopol (Battle for Sevastopol) (2015) on DVD - in Russian without subtitles.