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Thursday, 9-Dec-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Kyiv--50 years ago

 
 
Since my camera's broken and I'm stuck at home with a cold anyway, here're two photos taken by my father some 50 years ago.

The first photo is what we now call Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in July 1951, when it was still quite empty, following the WWII destruction of Kyiv's center. This is where all the protests are taking place now. In the Soviet times, it was called October Revolution Square, and there used to be a huge Lenin-with-the-workers monument there, which people called Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. They dismantled the monument sometime in 1991 or 1992.

The second photo is of the building in which I grew up, on Khreshchatyk, exactly 50 years ago, in 1954. My father was 21 then; I was born 20 years later. The big tree on the left-hand side is still there, though it's a lot thinner and taller now, and the little chestnut trees that you can barely see in this photo are now so gorgeous that from the point this photo was taken, you wouldn't be able to see half of the building now, because of the trees... Funny but right now there's construction going on right next to our building, too - just like 50 years ago...



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