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Created by John Eipper on 01/03/18 5:10 PM

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Visiting Trotsky's House of Exile, Coyoacan (Salvatore Bizzarro, USA, 01/03/18 5:10 pm)

I have visited both Trotsky's house and Frida Kahlo's house in Coyoacán, and I, like John's students, preferred Frida's beautiful home.

JE comments: Frida's house is undoubtedly more beautiful, but for historical interest, I'll go Chez Trotsky. For starters, the house was converted into a fortress with a medieval aura, the result of Stalin's first attempt on Trotsky.  Trotsky's room/study is extremely austere, almost monastic.  Frida Kahlo's house, in contrast, is happy and brightly colored, with a yellow-and-blue kitchen that makes every Michigander scream "Wolverine fan!"  (Please note that Trotsky visited Frida a lot, ahem.)

A photo of Trotsky's tomb hangs on my office wall at the College (first photo), together with a sundry cast of historical figures:  Ambrose Burnside (center of photo 2), Winfield Scott (lower right) and the iconic Evita Perón, masterfully doodled in class by a student.  The artist kindly gifted me her work.  The small photo directly above Winfield is an anonymous Russian soldier from the Great War era, together with a nun--his sister, perhaps?

How many know of Trotsky's extremely accomplished great-granddaughter, Nora Volkow?  Tamara Zúñiga-Brown will explain on the morrow.

Finally, my warmest thanks to Salvatore Bizzarro for his contribution to WAIS, which I received today.  Salvatore mailed the check in 2017 but it arrived this year.  Either year, Salvatore, I'm grateful and honored to have you with us.

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