China's Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969: Not a Dinner Party

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Biographical Sketches*

An Ziwen ( 1909-1980): Member of Eighth CCP Central Committee and director of the Central Organization Department. Purged in Cultural Revolution as one of the so-called '"Sixty-One Renegades," a group of CCP cadres released from KMT prisons on the eve of the Sino-Japanese War.

Bethune, Norman ( 1890-1939): Canadian surgeon who worked for the Communists in Yan'an during the Sino-Japanese War. Died of septicemia and was immortalized by Mao in "In Memory of Norman Bethune," one of the Cultural Revolution's so-called "Three Constantly Read Articles" (lao sanpian).

Bo Yibo ( 1908-): Alternate member of CCP Politburo, vice premier, and director of the State Economic Commission. Purged in Cultural Revolution as one of the so-called "Sixty-One Renegades," a group of CCP cadres released from KMT prisons on the eve of the Sino-Japanese War. Returned to influence following Mao's death.

Chen Boda ( 1904-1989): Alternate member of CCP Politburo, editor of Red Flag, and one of Mao Zedong's ghostwriters. Appointed director of the Central Cultural Revolution Group in May 1966. Promoted to Politburo Standing Committee at Eleventh Plenum. Member of Central Case Examination Group. Officially number four in the Party hier-

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Offices are those held at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution, unless otherwise indicated. The sources consulted in preparation of these biographical sketches include: Sheng Ping, ed., Zhongguo gongchandang renming da cidian (Large Biographical Dictionary of the CCP) ( Beijing: Zhongguo guoji guangbo chubanshe, 1991); Zhongguo gongchandang lishi da cidian (Large Encyclopedia of the History of the CCP) ( Beijing: Zhonggong Zhongyang dangxiao chubanshe, 1991); Lijie Zhonggong Zhongyang weiyuanhui renming cidian (Biographical Dictionary of the Members of Successive CCP Central Committees) ( Beijing: Zhonggong dangshi chubanshe, 1992); Dubao shouce (Newspaper Reader's Handbook) (N.p., 1969).

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