Presentation at the State Museum of the Political History of Russia in St. Petersburg

On 25 April 2017, we were invited to present the book at the Museum of Political History of  Russia, in the white hall of the former Kshesinskaya mansion where the museum is housed. Many people who were small children during the war, who remembered Nikolay Yassievich and his family, were present. Only when I saw them all together did I realize how important this was for everyone. Raisa Smulakovskaya, a relative and proofreader and editor of the Russian text, spoke movingly about her recollection of Nikolay Yassievich, and how he seemed to her to be using the letters to preserve his humanity. The presentation ended with a little panel discussion conducted by Nadia Yassievich, the author Tanya's 16-year-old daughter, who asked her grandmother and others about their experiences. 

 Susanne Beer makes a presentation about the design of the book.

Susanne Beer makes a presentation about the design of the book.

You can read more about our presentation in the Museum website (in Russian only).