Tuesday, December 29, 2015

By the River Kazan

This tune "By the River Kazan" from Balalaika (and Domra) music for Everyone published in 1968 in Pasadena, California

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Genocide of Crimean Turks

Institute for the study of the USSR - Munich
Genocide in the USSR - Studies in Group Destruction
The Scarecrow Press, Inc. New York, N.Y. 1958 
Author of this chapter - Edige Kirimal

Monday, December 14, 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Royal Scandal - Tallulah Bankhead

Here is another American film about Catherine the Great, this one starring Tallulah Bankhead

Monday, December 7, 2015

Istanbul 1957

Istanbul (1957) is one of the great Errol Flynn's rarest films. It was a remake of the Fred MacMurray/Ava Gardner film Singapore (1947). Istanbul co-stars Cornell Borchers and has appearances by Nat King Cole, Werner Klemperer and Leif Erickson. Istanbul was one of Errol Flynn's final films (Errol died just two years after this film was released), it was filmed in Istanbul, Turkey

The Battle of Russia (1943)

Documentary film on the Russian Army and their long history of repelling invaders, the Eastern Front in World War 2 and the Nazi war with the Soviet Union.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Tatar Library of David Bade

We had the pleasure of recently meeting a certain retired linguist named David Bade, of Illinois. I'm not certain that linguistics was his primary interest, but his language library is impressive, that of a sophisticated scholar. We spoke of our love of Szwede Slavic books in Palo Alto California. After he mentioned this store, I knew that we were kindred spirits. He practically gave his library to me, a treasure trove of Tatar language books. We are beyond grateful.

Scarlett Empress - Marlene Dieterich