Smarty Pants Podcast

Back in the USSR


A glimpse inside the house that Stalin built, and Italy’s anti-fascist First Family

Princeton University Press/Francesco Bongiorni

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.

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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.

Stephanie Bastek is the associate editor of the Scholar and the producer/host of the Smarty Pants podcast.

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