Thursday, October 31, 2013

What a Mindf*ck - Karlson who lives on the roof

"Karlson Who Lives on the Roof" was really popular when I was growing up.  I found this on YouTube, but for some reason it is dubbed in English with Russian subtitles.  Dubbed into English by Russian speakers with a heavy accent!  Why for the love of God?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Jewish "People's" University

That Jews were subjected to enormous persecution and anti-semitism in institutions of higher learming in the USSR was certainly something I was well aware of.  My parents were first hand victims.  But I never knew about Jewish People's University.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Horrors of Valaam Island

How can it be that no matter how much I read, I find out about things that I had never heard of before?

Valaam Island is a beautiful place.  An ancient monastery in the middle of Lake Ladoga - in the north of Russia.  It hides a terrible history.