Watch the recording of Russian Emigres in Berlin 1920-1940: On the Way to Creating an Independent “Russia Abroad”
This lecture was recorded on June 15, 2024.

One hundred years ago, our ancestors in the First Wave of Russian emigration left Russian territory, fleeing the 1917 Revolution and the Civil War that followed it. But they never abandoned being Russian or continuing to develop Russian thought and creativity in the pursuit of an independent and free “Russia Abroad”, believing in their continuing relevance to the future of Russia and their eventual return to their liberated country. This installment of the RNAA’s lecture series covers another formative early destination: Berlin, an intensely active and surprisingly diverse center of émigré life that flourished during its close-to-20-year lifespan gradually enveloped and extinguished by Germany’s descent into fascism and World War 2, conceived and executed on the same streets walked on by our grandparents. Presented by Dr. Roman Utkin of Wesleyan University and Dr. Anatol Shmelev of the Hoover Institution.