I am working on things related to this post, and it is taking up time formerly devoted to blogging. Keywords here are Benjamin Matveevich Bary and Matvee Bary. Benjamin was “a hot opponent of Talmudism,” as it was said by one Russian official who turned him down for a job as a kind of commissioner … More Ich arbeite
Just in case you have never seen a sleigh pulled by a reindeer, here is one. My eccentric cousin had them in Lapland and Scotland, of course, but this is a postcard sent to Moscow in 1911 from the eastern reaches of the Irkutsk Oblast, where the sender was exiled or imprisoned. I know of … More Eleventh day of Christmas
My father says the Russian prisoner’s song he learned from Mensheviks in Mexico City at the time of the victory of Stalingrad is called “My window” but really I think it is called “The sun rises and sets.” Here are some lyrics for one version of it in Russian but there is a book Russian … More The sun rises and sets
The calendar my family bought for 1917. A drawing of brickmakers a family friend made on a walk by the Volga River in 1930, in a small town outside Kazan where they were exiled. My grandfather’s cousin Olga in 1893. Axé.
The article in Our Heritage, with photographs and stories of adventure in the CCCP from 1918 forward Paintings of Olga Bari-Aizenman [Note: Simeon Aizenman, a lawyer, was from Yalta] Paintings of Alexei Aizenman [This and most other sites also include family photographs] A.V. Bari on Wikipedia Moscow walks past the old factory Printing press building by … More An archive on Александр Бари, the Samoilovs, the Aizenmans, and related beings and creations