Articles and Reflections by Eugene Smith

Eugene Smith joined Peoples Temple in 1973 and lived in the Temple’s San Francisco commune before leaving for Jonestown in fall 1977. He was in Georgetown on November 18 clearing items from customs. Numerous members of his family – including his mother, wife, and infant son – died in Jonestown. He is the author of the 2021 book, Back to the World: A Life after Jonestown.

He can be reached through this website.

White Nights, Black Paradise: A Superficial Interpretation of a Complex Reality (2020) NEW

Not Surviving Jonestown (2018)

Writing a Memoir, Making a Re-Introduction (2018)

Time Is a Funny Thing (2013)

Hunting Time (2013)

Johnny Brown: The Passion and the Revolution (2013)

Showtime (2009)

Moments in Time (2007)

Eugene Smith also participated in a forum on Peoples Temple hosted by the California Historical Society in November 2015, along with Temple survivor John Cobb, reporter Marshall Kilduff and author David Talbot. The forum was recorded and later broadcast on C-SPAN.

Eugene’s address on November 18, 2018 at the 40th Anniversary Memorial Service at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, California is here.

Originally posted on March 9th, 2013.

Last modified on May 22nd, 2021.
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