Investigating the murder of the Russian Imperial Family, Helen Rappaport embarks on a quest to uncover the various international plots and plans to save them, why they failed, and who was responsible.


Photo: The Romanov family on the steps of the Alexander Palace in 1917 (Photo from the author’s collection)



Wolfram Pyta, a history professor at the University of Stuttgart along with historians Nils Havemann and Jutta Braun, have written Porsche: From design office to global brand. The book traces the company from its founding in Stuttgart on April 25, 1931.


Photo: Adolf Hitler inspecting the very first VW Beetle in Stuttgart, 1936


Historian Anne Applebaum: “This is a famine that took place for political reasons. The Soviet Union was trying to eliminate the Ukrainian national movement. It was trying to eliminate many peasants.”


UBO: Now Stalin’s successor, Vladimir Putin, wants to eliminate any Ukrainian of an independent mind.

Erika Fatland says that she has concluded that Russians will seek to extend the borders of their country until the country falls into pieces.  


Analyst: Given that we expect Russian military aggression to continue for at least another two years, we expect the president will be giving more such tasks to Ukraine’s arms producers.


When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:30 PM

Where: Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th St. (off Amsterdam Ave.)

Ukrainian with English subtitles

Yuri Shevchuk will introduce the film and mediate the discussion

Free and open to the public

The film sheds a comic light on the power struggle after Joseph Stalin's death in 1953. A group of officials and film directors said the film was "extremist" and "aimed at humiliating the Russian people." What the government action on the film highlights is that the Putin regime, which never had much in the way of a sense of humor, has lost what it had. Of course, what the Kremlin has really done is to insure that VTR copies get distributed in the hundreds of thousands and that just about anyone in the country who really wants to see the film will have an opportunity.



When: Feb. 20, 2018, Wednesday, 7:00 PM

Where: Deutsches Haus, 420 116th St.

(off Amsterdam Ave.) 

The 300-year-old fragments found in Blackbeard’s flagship show someone on board was likely literate and interested in sea stories

Masha Gessen is one of the most interesting and insightful Russian ex-patriot writers working today. A lot of her research has concentrated on the peculiar history of Vladimir Putin, the man and his times – and what led him to a worldview that is one of the major sources of chaos in the 21 century.


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