Beginner’s Guide to World War II Sites in Western Russia

Beginner’s Guide to World War II Sites in Western Russia

The memory of World War II is still a big deal in Russia, and understandably so. Almost an entire generation of men was wiped out in what is known here as the Great Patriotic War. Estimates of casualties in Russia alone range from 7 million to 14 million, half of them civilians of all ages and genders. Everyone lost someone, and no one has forgotten. A sobering story of treachery, tragedy, heroism and survival, Russia’s memory of its World War II experience has been an important influence on its contemporary character. These are some of the most important of Western Russia’s WWII sites... Read More



1989 Anniversary: Hands Across the Baltics

1989 Anniversary: Hands Across the Baltics

1989 was a year of violence, freedom, and bravery in such places as Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall. The Baltics were no exception; it's now more than 25 years since the "Hands Across the Baltics" led to independence for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Read More


July 20, 1969: Moon Landing Anniversary

July 20, 1969: Moon Landing Anniversary

Forty-five years ago on July 20, 1969, a tiny space capsule containing two American men landed on the moon. Six hours later, the world watched as astronaut Neil Armstrong set his lunar-boot-clad foot onto the moon’s surface. No one alive at the time can forget that live broadcast, the astronauts’ jerky, bouncing movements, their crackling static-y voices and the mind-boggling knowledge that right that very moment, people were walking... Read More