Vic Fischer and Charles Wohlforth
Public Lecture & Book Signing
Friday, April 26, 2013 @ 6:00pm Lee H. Salisbury Theatre UAF Campus
Son of the famous American journalist Louis Fischer, who corresponded from Germany and Moscow, and the Russian writer Markoosha Fischer, Victor Fischer grew up in the shadow of Hitler and Stalin. Eleanor Roosevelt personally engineered the Fischer family’s escape from Russia, and soon Victor was serving in the United States Army in World War II, fighting opposite his Russian and German childhood friends. After completing university, Vic began a new life in Alaska, which eventually led him back to Russia.
To Russia with Love recounts Fischer’s early life in Germany, Russia, and Alaska, where he was elected a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention — the body responsible for establishing Alaska’s statehood. A stint in Washington, DC, years in academia, and service in the Alaska Senate allowed him to witness key historic events of his era. Fischer brings his memoir up to the present, describing his many return visits to Russia to bring the lessons of Alaska’s freedom and prosperity to the newly democratic states.
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