On October 25 1941, Anton Andreyevich Sviridenko, in Red Army uniform, embraced his son, four daughters and wife, Anna Semyonovna, wriggled into his rucksack and walked out his door. His family never saw him again, his daughter Vera Antonovna, often told her grandson Alexey. She had been 17 years old when her 41 year-old father marched off to the Great Patriotic War from their village of Yei Ukrepleniya in the Krasnodar region of southern Russia.
The Ephraim Palace in Berlin dedicates its exhibitions to Berlin events and history. Their current collection is about important Berlin women, who shaped our modern world. They were women a hundred years ahead of their time and they had to deal with prejudice and mockery. Most were active in the latter decades of the nineteenth century, up to the rise of fascism in the 1920’s nineteen and came from rich families. They married equally rich husbands, so the risks they took must be judged against the insurance cushion they enjoyed.
A darn good read this, full of intelligent insight, and written with a degree of passion that is missing in modern day Parliament. This powerful book reveals a woman not only passionate about her political career but about serving those for whom she has been elected to do a job.