Rosa in Redcar
T he year 1956 brought no obvious benefits for the Thornton family except to feed George and Rosa’s growing certainty that the Communist Party was not the answer.
George could no longer hope for a career as an academic historian, though anyone who talked about history with him could tell that he would have been well suited to one. This was almost certainly the result of his early association with communism and with Rosa. Rosa herself had lost her job in 1951, the year her first child was born, because she worked for the Soviet news agency Tass, whose London office was closed by the Foreign Office in a bout of cold war hysteria.