Word War 2 – Evacuation records

Evacuation in summer and fall of 1941 was a necessity. German armies advanced with shocking speed across the Soviet Union and the Soviet government embarked on a unprecedented operation to safeguard …

The art of collecting art

It is not the first time I read about the famous Mexican art collection by Gelmans.  Jacques Gelman and his wife Natasha were avid collectors of Mexican art and became …

Russian ancestry - Leningrad evacuation

Leningrad evacuation database

http://evacuation.spbarchives.ru/ Cannot wait to let you know about the new database which just started working on St Petersburg archive website.  This database contains the names of people evacuated from Leningrad …

Russian scent of Chanel No 5

“I present my dress collections on the fifth of May, the fifth month of the year and so we will let this sample number five keep the name it has …

Siege of Leningrad records

http://visz.nlr.ru/blockade/search.html The Siege of Leningrad, also known as the Leningrad Blockade, was a prolonged military operation undertaken by the German Army against Leningrad (historically and currently known as St Petersburg). The siege …

Do you really know Tchaikovsky?

Of course you know Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) – a Russian composer, whose nearly 80 works included numerous symphonies, concertos, 10 operas, chamber music and a choral setting of the …

An Englishman in St Petersburg

Once in Australia lived John Howard, and I am not talking about the former Prime Minister of Australia, but professor John Leopold Howard.  He was born in England in 1871.  …

St Petersburg archives

I love working with St Petersburg archive.  It’s database, one of not many in Russia, is a searchable database by surname. However, for the search to be performed, you need …

Russian State Archive of Ancient Acts

Russian State Archive of Ancient Acts otherwise known in abbreviated form as RGADA is located in Moscow (Российский государственный архив древних актов – РГАДА) http://rgada.info/ RGADA keeps the documents: for …