Book Talk: My First Twenty Years, by Leon Adlersteyn

Sunday, May 27, 2018, 1-3 pm

Join Embankment Preservation Coalition members in this informal discussion with two of our Coalition's most steadfast volunteers - two Russian emigrants whose lives gave them unique personal experience of some of the 20th Century's most significant and far-reaching events - the Russian Revolution, the rise of Hitler and Stalin, World War II. 

My First Twenty Years, by Leon Adlersteyn. Translated by Irina Bereznaya

Sunday, May 27th, 1-3 pm

Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo
380 Monmouth Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Hear about Leon's experience of the Siege of St. Petersburg and his service on two fronts. Learn how immigration policy touched these U.S. citizens whose entry was assisted by the late U.S. Senator from New Jersey Frank Lautenberg, and whose home looking out on the Statue of Liberty holds more than scenic attraction for them. Listen to what this couple, who have consistently demonstrated their commitment to our democratic institutions through their voluntarism, have to say about Russian interference in U.S. elections.

May is National Historic Preservation Month. We usually think of historic places during this month, and this event is being held in a 1936 edifice built by and for Italian immigrants, a building itself affected by world historic events and now carefully preserved by the nonprofit that owns it.  My First Twenty Years reflects a different aspect of historic preservation, however, in the motivation of its author and translator: to preserve personal memories and documents of a time that can be instructive to us all.

Free to Coalition members. Suggested donation of $5 to others.  Light refreshments.  Please reserve; seating is limited to 45.

This event is in the Second Floor Gallery, where Pro Arts is concurrently sponsoring a "Curators Choice" group show of works by nine artists.