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Nadezhda Popova: Rising To Her Times

Nadezhda Popova was a true heroine of the Soviet Union – a real-life Luke Skywalker who flew biplanes with canvas wings over enemy territory to drop bombs on the advancing German Army.

She was from Donetsk – that embattled part of eastern Ukraine that is mostly Russian-speaking today and was firmly a part of Stalin’s empire. In Russian, her name was “Nadia.” And, by all accounts, she was all woman.

The women of the...


Lest We Forget

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", George Santayana, 1905

The other day, after having commuted, on and off, for over 40 years from the Hartsdale, NY RR station, I noticed, for the first time, a plaque on a rock with the inscription, "Lest We Forget  1917-1918." The plaque, of course, was a memorial to local veterans of WWI, the seminal event of the 20th Century.  And, while it is true that both the...