Back in the USSRPrint
A glimpse inside the house that Stalin built, and Italy’s anti-fascist First Family
By Stephanie Bastek
October 13, 2017
Family drama, circa 1930: Yuri Slezkine tells the saga of the House of Government, a communal residence where top Soviet officials and their families lived, loved, died, and disappeared in the years after the Russian Revolution; Caroline Moorehead introduces American audiences to the story of the Rossellis, the family at the forefront of the fight against Mussolini’s fascism.
Go beyond the episode:
- Yuri Slezkine’s House of Government
- Watch Neighbors of the Kremlin, a documentary about the House on the Embankment
- Caroline Moorehead’s A Bold and Dangerous Family
- Read poetry by Carlo Rosselli’s daughter, Amelia (named after his mother), whose work has only recently been translated
- Explore the Fondazione Rosselli archives online
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Russian audio clips from Neighbors in the Kremlin, a documentary by Christiane Büchner, © 2002 Büchner Filmproduktion GbR in co-production with WDR and KHM Cologne. Our theme music was composed by Nathan Prillaman.
Stephanie Bastek is the associate editor of the Scholar and the producer/host of the Smarty Pants podcast.