I spend too much time browsing through recently posted Life Photo Archives. I hope they will eventually improve the way it’s tagged, add all the necessary meta-data and more importantly remove what seems to be a limit of 200 results for a search. In the meantime I will post the shots I like for whatever reason.
Pres. John F. Kennedy is sitting with Mrs. Nikita S. Khrushchev.
While Mrs. John F. Kennedy is talking with Nikita S. Khrushchev.
Seems like Khrushchev knew how to entertain a lady.
P.S. If you are one of my younger readers and have no idea who these people are please click here.
The day when Stalin’s life ended became a day of new beginnings for millions of people. People rotting in labor camps, people forced to resettle, people who never met their parents, people who went to bed every night fearing arrests.
Here is what it looked like in 1953:
Over the years this blog covered the Victory Day (or VE Day as it’s known here) more than once. This year I will just publish a compilation of links to my previous posts.
All the talk about Pi Day made me think that I hadn’t had an apple pie for some time. Couple of hours later the situation had been rectified.
Pie crust by Mrs. Smith recipe by Kraft.
Chimpo, I ate this pie so you don’t have to. Stay on track, fatso!
Over the last several months the Soviet Union’s campaign against Jews and Judaism has intensified. All over the country synagogues have bee closed, prayer meetings have been raided and newspaper articles have appeared attacking Jews as “thieves” and “enemies of socialism.” In this climate of official attacks, hoodlums have felt free to stone and set fire to synagogues, Jews have been severely beaten and even killed.
The extent and the virulence of the new campaign, which may come as a shock to the outside world, does not surprise the Jews of the USSR. They have had to live with organized anti-Semitism for more than a decade. ” The government regards Christianity and Islam as the “opium of the people,” a Gentile Russian told me in Moscow recently, “but it treats Judaism as if it were poison gas. What’s more, it doesn’t matter whether a Jew is religious or not. He’s pushed around just because he’s a Jew.”
The following photos are a rare sight – for the first 18 years of my life I haven’t seen a praying Jew; partly because most of the people I knew were not religious (at least not known to be religious); partly because all but one synagogue in my city were not functioning (one was a gym, another one housed some archives and who knows what else); partly because openly practicing a religion and especially Judaism which has visual attributes (head cover, facial hair) was not compatible with having a career and sometimes a job.