IamA 91 year old grandma that lived through WWII in the USSR (CCCP), was evacuated from Moscow because the Germans almost reached it, and experienced life on the other side. AMA!
My short bio: Hello! This is my grandma. She is a Russian Jew who's mother died when she was 10 (in a house fire) and her father died when she was 17 (in WWII). She's lived through some amazing things. She was born in 1924 a little outside of Moscow. Her father fought in WWI, her husband fought in WWII against the Germans (and there's a ton of stories about that). She had a child during WWII and was evacuated from Moscow when the Germans almost got into the city to Uzbekistan. She came over to the US after the wall fell to follow my parents who came in '81. I am running this AMA because even I only know bits and pieces of her story throughout the years and would love to really write them all down.
I will be translating all your questions to Russian, asking them to her and then transcribing her answers to English. I'll also be video taping her answers as well since my parents might be able to translate things better than me.
My Proof: My grandma and I together at her place for a little bit tonight before I head back tomorrow. Somebody mentioned to write on a piece of paper next time with the username so next time I shall. :)
EDIT: I will also be doubling back and asking my parents some of these questions (since they also understand English better than babushka by a long shot). They came over in '81 and were born in '51 and '56 after the wars but they experienced a different type of Russia, which was right before the wall fell.
Also I am terribly sorry if some questions can't be answered, unfortunately my babushka has started developing Alzheimer's and some things are clear and some are not.
EDIT 2: I'm heading back home to my place and I'll go through the questions again with my parents. Thanks guys for listening to the best translations of my grandma as I could do. I may do a different AMA with their perspective but another time. :)
EDIT 3: I'm on the road back to my current home but a lot of extra questions came in from last night so I'll be making some phone calls tonight both to my mum and my grandma. Thank you again guys for listening in!