Sig Gissler, the Pulitzer board’s administrator, said on Tuesday the 18-member group’s review “is intended to seriously consider all relevant information regarding Mr. Duranty’s award.”
The board in 1932 honored Duranty “for his series of dispatches on Russia, especially the working out of the Five Year Plan,” Stalin’s proposed economic system intended to boost production and improve citizens’ living standards.
Duranty had covered the Soviet Union for the Times from 1922 to 1941. He had previously earned critical acclaim for a 1929 interview with Stalin, whom Duranty once described as “the greatest living statesman.”
The board’s announcement follows a massive campaign launched in February by Ukrainians across the world to demand the posthumous withdrawal of Duranty’s prize.