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Sidney Rittenberg: The Only American Ever In The Chinese Communist Party

Ross Reynolds
09/12/2012 at 12:40 p.m.

Sidney Rittenberg is the only American citizen who has been a member of the Chinese Communist Party. He personally knew Chairman Mao Zedong and participated in the Cultural Revolution. Rittenberg fell in and out of favor in China and was eventually jailed twice and put in solitary confinement for a total of 16 years. Rittenberg shares his story with Ross Reynolds.

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Sidney Rittenberg is the only American citizen who has been a member of the Chinese Communist Party. He is the focus of the film, "The Revolutionary."

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