Saturday, April 22, 2017 7:30pm
Natasha Guttmann, who, with her husband Werner, have had a home in Huntington for 45 years, will tell the remarkable story of her British great-grandparents arrival in Russia, in 1840. She will tell of their success, as they helped build the early structure of Russia, as engineers and insurance brokers.
She will tell us of their comfortable lives, and inter-marriage and integration into Russian life and culture. But their comfortable style ended with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Her parents, like scores of others, were forced to flee from Russia with just the clothes they stood up in. She will tell the story of her parents’ struggles as they fled to England and how they had to adapt to a strange land with little money and little English. She will talk of being brought up in two cultures and the advantage of knowing two languages.
The illustrated talk will feature music anecdotes and humour, and the evening will be completed with wine and zakuski (canapés) being served.
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