The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

• The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

June 29 American Samantha Smith would have turned 44 years old, but her life was cut short in 1985. Then, this girl told the whole world, she wrote a letter to Andropov and came at his invitation to the USSR as a Goodwill Ambassador. It was called the smallest peacemaker, and this event - the beginning of the "thaw" relations between the US and the USSR. Two years later, the girl was killed in a plane crash that led many to doubt the chance of sudden death.

The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador? The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

Samantha Smith at the press conference

In the fall of 1982 Samantha Smith read in the magazine "Time Magazine" article about who came to power in the USSR Yuri Andropov. The journalist has suggested that the new Secretary General of the CPSU Central Committee is dangerous for the United States, and during his reign a new war is possible. Samantha asked her mother why he was so afraid of everything, and no one asks whether he really going to attack the United States. Mother advised her daughter to ask him the most. The girl accepted the joke seriously and wrote a letter.

The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

with Samantha Smith letter of the CPSU Yuri Andropov, Secretary-General, in which he invites her to visit the Soviet Union. USA, Manchester, 1983. Right - Samantha in Artek * *

The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

Samantha Smith in the USSR

In 1983, the young American letter was published in the newspaper "Pravda": "Dear Mr. Andropov! My name is Samantha Smith. I am ten years old. I congratulate you on your new appointment. I am very worried, not start a nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the United States. You are for the war or not? If you are against, please tell me, how are you going to prevent war? Of course, you do not have to answer that question, but I wanted 6Li know why you want to conquer the world or at least our country. God created the earth that we can all live together in peace and not war. Sincerely, Samantha Smith ".

The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

Samantha Smith with her parents in Red Square, July 11, 1983

April 26, 1983 Samantha received a response from Andropov's letter of invitation to come and see for themselves that the USSR was not preparing for war. "We in the Soviet Union are trying to do everything to ensure that there was no war between our two countries that did not have the war on Earth. So everyone wants the Soviet people ", - Andropov wrote.

The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

Left - Samantha Smith in a national suit made for her children applied arts circle of the Moscow Palace of Pioneers. Right - Samantha in Artek * *

The July 1983 Samantha Smith with her parents arrived in the Soviet Union and stayed there for 2 weeks. She showed the mausoleum, museums, sights of Moscow and Leningrad, pioneer camp "Artek" in Crimea. She was greeted by thousands of people, that's only meeting with the Andropov did not take place - at that time he was already seriously ill, and the visit to the hospital ward was excluded. July 22 before leaving Samantha said goodbye: "We will live!". After her visit, there was a new expression - "children's diplomacy".

The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

The smallest Goodwill Ambassador Samantha Smith Artek * *

The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

Samantha Smith Artek * *

After a trip to Samantha Smith wrote a book, "My journey in the Soviet Union, which states:" They are just like us! ". In December 1983, Samantha made a trip to Japan for the International Symposium children. Then she began to invite all sorts of shows and series. August 25 Samantha with her father returned from England with the filming of the popular show. In America, they boarded a commuter flight. The weather conditions were unfavorable, and the plane missed the runway and crashed in poor visibility conditions. 2 pilots and 6 passengers were killed.

The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

The smallest Goodwill Ambassador Samantha Smith Artek * *

The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

On the left - Samantha Smith, during a meeting with cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. Right - Samantha says goodbye to the USSR

Since then, the debate continues about what was the real cause of death of Samantha Smith. We put forward the version that this crash was adjusted either by Soviet, whether US intelligence agencies. It said that Samantha had died because of the pro-Soviet statements that run counter to US policy. R. Koshurnikova states: "It has become too self-sufficient in their judgments. Image of the enemy, which was created in the United States of the Soviet Union, was shaken. The girl grew up, umnel, close it was impossible. "

The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

Samantha Smith in the USSR

The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

Samantha Smith in front of the State Central Puppet Theater

However, a thorough investigation into the disaster found that the responsibility for the incident rests with the pilot: in bad weather, he made a mistake, missing near the runway.

The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

Samantha Smith and her parents in a museum * Cabinet and the apartment of Lenin in the Kremlin *

The tragic story of Samantha Smith: Why did the American, has become the youngest goodwill ambassador?

Samantha Smith at the press conference