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52. Miller, quoted in New York Post, 12 July 1956. Arthur Miller, quoted in Newsweek, 3 February 1964, p. 52. See Press Release from accf, 31 March 1954; Telegram from Sol Stein to The Glen Players, 12 Nov. 1954; Telegram from Sol Stein to Thomas E. Paradine (of the American Legion), 12 Nov. 1954, Box 14, Folder 11, Arthur Miller/accf relations, accf. 64 Michael Harrington, ‘The Committee for Cultural Freedom’, Dissent, 2 (Spring 1955), p. 116. 22 | Divided Dreamworlds? ’68 At no time was this clearer than in 1956.
The brutal details of August Weissman’s experiments, cutting off the tails of mice in order to disprove Lamarckism, were also repeatedly emphasised. Meanwhile, genetic advances such as Herman J. e. that the environment plays no role in evolution – and the technique of genetic selection to produce new varieties was portrayed as a crude approximation of Michurinism. As one of Lysenko’s followers declared at the vaskhnil conference: ‘…variability may be of different kinds: you can kill an organism with a stick, the organism will suffer a change, but there will be no development…’7 The outcome of the vaskhnil conference had a devastating impact upon biological sciences in the Soviet Union.
121 The Soviet ban on Miller’s work had little to do with literature and much to do with politics. With the arrest and trial of Andrei Siniavsky and Yuli Daniel in September 1965 – their ‘crime’ being the pseudonymous publication of literature critical of the Soviet Union abroad – the thaw of the 1950s and 1960s began to come to an end, and greater suppression of dissent was much in evidence. As Michael 117 Arthur Miller, ‘On Obliterating the Jews’, The New Leader, 16 March 1964, p. 6, 7, 8. 118 Moshe Decter to Arthur Miller, 23 December 1966; Box 68, Folder: Jews in Russia, hrc; Arthur Miller to Andrei Kosygin, 9 March 1966, Box 68, Folder: Jews in Russia, hrc.