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Detroit architect Albert Kahn helped pave the way for Soviet victory in WWII

Aug 10, 2018

The Detroit skyline and the University of Michigan would not be the same if it weren’t for the work of one of Detroit’s most famous architects, Albert Kahn. Kahn also played a large role in the development of the Soviet Union in the early twentieth century.

Michael Hodges, a fine arts writer for the Detroit News, joined Stateside to discuss his new book, Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit.

Hodges said Kahn’s work between 1929 and 1931 for the Soviet Union played a crucial role in the nation’s success in World War II.

“In those years, he builds the lion’s share — well over half — of the industrial capacity that would end up enabling the Soviets to defeat the Nazis in World War II," he said.

Listen above to hear Hodges describe Kahn’s immigrant roots, his growth as an architect in Michigan, and his relationship with Henry Ford.

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