Sidney Rittenberg

Sidney Rittenberg (August 14th, 1921 – August 24th, 2019) was a Jewish journalist and Chinese linguist who worked closely with Mao, Zhou Enlai, Zhu De and other leaders of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to ensure a Communist takeover in China. Rittenberg was born into a Jewish family in Charleston, South Carolina. Whilst attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill he joined the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA). Rittenberg went to China following Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II, becaming an influential advisor to Mao Zedong and to the first premier of the People’s Republic of China, Zhou Enlai. Earning him a higher salary than Mao his pivotal role at the Broadcast Authority was channeling Chinese Communist propaganda to America.

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