Tuesday October 2, 2018
7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale
A meticulously researched account of Lenin’s fateful 1917 rail journey from Zurich to Petrograd, where he ignited the Russian Revolution and forever changed the world. In April 1917, as the Russian Tsar Nicholas II’s abdication sent shockwaves across war-torn Europe, the future leader of the Bolshevik revolution Vladimir Lenin was far away, exiled in Zurich. When the news reached him, Lenin immediately resolved to return to Petrograd and lead the revolt. But to get there, he would have to cross Germany, which meant accepting help from the deadliest of Russia’s adversaries. Millions of Russians at home were suffering as a result of German aggression, and to accept German aid or even safe passage would be to betray his homeland. Germany, for its part, saw an opportunity to further destabilize Russia by allowing Lenin and his small group of revolutionaries to return.
The Nonfictioneers meet on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss classic and contemporary non-fiction titles.
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This month's discussion is part of Ridgefield Remembers WWI, a Town-wide commemoration of the end of World War One. Click here to see a full listing of events taking place around Ridgefield this summer and fall.
New members are always welcome.
Location: Randolph Board Room
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