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PostVisiting 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.