I have previously written about the Kitchen Debate, as an iconic moment in both television and photographic history. In documentary Contacts, Elliott Erwitt, the photographer of the most famous image of the Kitchen Debate remembers how events unfolded.
The time is 1959. The scene is the American Industrial Fair in Moscow. The characters are the vice president of United States who plans to run for president and the chief of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev. The situation is massive crowds and bedlam as two politicians will from exhibit to exhibit, Nixon boasting about American accomplishments and Khrushchev fielding the gibes and then joining into the asinine argument.
By sheer luck, I guessed correctly where they would turn up next: which was at a display of a modern kitchen behind a barrier. I rushed to it to have an unobstructed view as they approached the rail. Luck was with me. With a direct view and no one to push and shove, I circumnavigated Nixon and Khrushchev, finding my best range. From then on, it was like shooting fish in a barrel.
But how pictures can lie. The illusion is one of Nixon standing up to the Soviets, where the reality is an argument about cabbage soup versus red meat.
Death’s HeadWhite Russian (pro-Czarist) poster depicting the Red Bolshevik, Leon Trotsky (Jewish name Lev Davidovich Bronstein). Trotsky is most often credited, with good reason, with coining the term “racist” as a derogatory term for his political enemies: White Gentiles. Note the Christian cross broken in the upper left and the White Russian being threatened by the Mongolians in the lower right — even then Marxist Jewish extremists jacked-up the other races to do their bidding. Some things never change!
The Motherland Calls or simply The Motherland, or The Mamayev Monument, is a statue in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Russia, commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad. It was designed by sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich and structural engineer Nikolai Nikitin. Declared the largest statue in the world in 1967, it is the last non-religious statue to be declared the largest; every record holder since has been a Buddhism-related sculpture. Compared to the later higher statues, The Motherland Calls is significantly more complex from an engineering point of view, due to its characteristic posture with a sword raised high in the right hand and the left hand protruded in a calling gesture. The technology behind the statue is based on a combination of prestressed concrete with wire ropes structure, a solution which can be found also in another work of Nikitin’s, the super-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow.
The Anthropological Museum of Moscow University contains the largest collection of human skulls in the world.
(HH: I don’t know if that is still true, but that is how the photo was captioned. Judging from the age of the picture, the Soviet Union did tend to embellish and brag about a lot that made them “the best” or “the biggest”.)
An American Relief Administration transport column on the frozen Volga in Tsaritsyn, which is now Volgograd.
How the U.S. saved a starving Soviet Russia: PBS film highlights Stanford scholar’s research on the 1921-23 famine The world barely remembers the terrible famine in the Soviet Russia – or the American charity that relieved it. Historian Bertrand Patenaude tells how Herbert Hoover saved more lives than any person who has ever lived.
A Photo of Leon Trotsky, Diego Rivera, and André Breton was taken by Fritz Bach in 1938. Diego Rivera supported Trotsky, alienating himself from the Communist mainstream in Mexico; he requested the Mexican President Cardenas to grant Trotsky’s asylum. The Russian and his wife Natalia lived with Rivera and wife Frida Kahlo, rent-free and under 24-hour guard, for the next two years.
Wild Horses of Chernobyl - photographer’s comment (Kiddofspeed - GHOST TOWN - Chernobyl Pictures)
“These are Prejevalsky Horses. Someone brought a couple of them from Asia a few years ago, they liked it here and now there are 3 herds running in Chernobyl area. They are a sturdy breed and are always on the move. They have a prehistoric look about them. When they sweep by at full gallop, it feels like you might see a herd of ancient Eohippus next.”
“Zoologists also brought two American Bisons to the area, but the idea to breed them didn’t work out. The male bison run away. I don’t know if he run away from Radiation or from his bride, but he was last seen in Belorussia, heading west. He may have decided to return to America.”