September 11, 2015 |
A MAN WHO could read 15,000 books, give or take a few hundred, was a man to be reckoned with. And Larry Riley was that man. But how to do the reckoning? He was a man whose spiritual journey took him to a Trappist monastery, probably the strictist order in the Roman Catholic Church, yet he was also a man who enjoyed handicapping race horses and cheering on the steeds at Philadelphia Park and the old Garden State track. He earned a Ph.D with a dissertation on the Bolshevik show trials in the Soviet Union instigated by Joseph Stalin in the 1930s to get rid of his rivals.
January 7, 2015 |
Jules R. Lippert, 83, of Newtown Square, who worked to help Jews blocked by the Soviet Union from immigrating to Israel, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, of natural causes at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Lippert co-owned a prefabricated-house company, Hilton Lifetime Homes, in Blackwood. Beginning in the 1980s, he and his wife, Louise, began collecting and selling antiques. They specialized in small Victorian English items, particularly sewing tools used for fine needlework. Starting in the 1970s, the couple developed a passion for helping Jews who were forbidden to leave the Soviet Union for Israel.
February 2, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA By Wednesday, more than 200 people had signed up to hear Iran's ambassador to the United Nations speak at Philadelphia's World Affairs Council. The event, scheduled for next week, had been billed as rare: Mohammad Khazaee, the most senior Iranian representative in the United States, generally does not speak outside the U.N. Then, on Thursday, the council abruptly canceled Khazaee's appearance. And on Friday, just days after President Obama preached diplomacy with Iran during his State of the Union address, the council put the blame for the cancellation on the State Department.
November 22, 2013
WHO killed President Kennedy? Lee Harvey Oswald, of course. All the evidence points to him, and no one else. Why then, after 50 years, are there still people who deny this fact? Because Oswald was a Marxist, who supported Castro and defected to the Soviet Union, that's why. Oswald was a member of the liberal left, and the left has never been able to accept that one of their own was responsible for the death of the president. It was always easier to live in denial, and blame the assassination on a right-wing conspiracy, which simply never existed.
November 13, 2013 |
In October 1989, Trenton businessman Shelley M. Zeiger helped open what his family said was the first American restaurant in the Soviet Union. At 21 Komsomolskyi Prospekt in Moscow, TrenMos - named for Trenton and Moscow - opened two years before the ending of the Soviet Union in December 1991. In April 1992, Mr. Zeiger helped open TrenMos Bistro at 9 Ulitsa Ostozhenka, near the Kremlin. He sold both in 1994. At home, his family said, Mr. Zeiger brought to Trenton several Soviet and Russian performing groups in the 1980s and 1990s.
July 30, 2013 |
His grandfather escaped from the Treblinka death camp, his grandmother died there. Decades later, when Witold "Vic" Walczak returned to his family's native Poland, a young man amid the Solidarity protests of the 1980s, he got knocked around and strip-searched by police. "At that point, I knew I wanted to be a civil liberties attorney," said Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. Today, Walczak helps lead the legal fight for what is fast becoming Pennsylvania's preeminent civil rights issue: gay marriage.
March 3, 2013 |
MOSCOW - An opinion survey commissioned by the Carnegie Endowment says that Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin has remained widely admired in Russia and other ex-Soviet nations, even though millions of people died under his brutal rule. The Carnegie report, released Friday, was based on the first-ever comparative opinion polls in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. It found that support for Stalin in Russia has actually increased since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. The report has concluded that public attitudes to the dictator have improved during Russian President Vladimir V. Putin's 13-year rule as the Kremlin has found Stalin's image useful in its efforts to tighten control.
February 10, 2013
Mark Palmer, 71, a forceful and influential diplomat who served as U.S. ambassador to Hungary during the collapse of communism, and who was a chief author of President Ronald Reagan's 1982 speech declaring that Marxism was headed toward "the ash heap of history," died Jan. 28 at his home in Washington. He had melanoma, his wife, Sushma Palmer, said. From his first visit to the Soviet Union when he was 19, Mr. Palmer recognized that the Russian people were different from the Soviet government.
December 13, 2012
World-renowned Russian opera diva Galina Vishnevskaya, 86, who with her husband defied the Soviet regime to give shelter to writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn and suffered exile from her homeland, died Tuesday in Moscow. Moscow's Opera Center, which Ms. Vishnevskaya created, did not give a cause of death. Ms. Vishnevskaya and the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich married in 1955, frequently performed together, and used their star status in the Soviet Union to help friends in trouble. In the most notable example of their defiance of Communist authorities, they sheltered Solzhenitsyn at their country home for several years as he faced official reprisals.