The Ronald Reagan Lecture Series Remembers: 30 years ago, Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin and boldly demanded:
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
We salute Reagan’s vision for freedom which led to the breakup of the Soviet Union, resulting in the creation of 17 newly independent states.
Join us to hear three immigrants from Eastern European countries share their personal family stories to understand why communism was, and is, a threat to individual liberty.
- Klara Sever, Czechoslovakia - The Well of Forgetting
Born in Czechoslovakia, Klara Sever worked as an editor and broadcaster at Slovak Radio, where she took part in underground broadcasting during the Soviet occupation. Realizing the hopelessness of the situation, the family left for Austria and then Paris where they waited for their visa to the USA. They landed in New York City in 1969.
- Jaroslaw Martyniuk – The Holodomor: Obliterating Historical Memory
A Ukrainian born American, Jaroslaw Martyniuk’s life story encompassed a narrow escape from Communism and survival in postwar Germany. He joined the Soviet Area Audience and Opinion Research office (part of Radio Liberty) in Paris coordinating the work of fifty Russian speaking interviewers conducting undercover opinion polling with visitors from the Soviet Union.
- Boyko Antonov: Why We Must Never Forget
Boyko Antonov was born in one of the oldest cities in Europe (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) where he earned 3 degrees in Mathematics and Engineering. He has lived in the U.S.A. since 1999, and is currently working as a program/project management specialist at the National Audio and Video Conservation Center at the Library of Congress. He is a co-founder of the Botev Academy, the Bulgarian Language School in Maryland.