Washington and Lee University
In Moscow I interned with Memorial, a non-profit organization that works to preserve the societal memory of the many social and political repressions in the Soviet Union. I worked in Memorial’s archives, researching a group of disabled persons that fought for the rights of the disabled in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s, despite facing considerable state opposition. I continued working with Memorial through the summer, conducting interviews with participants in this group, and compiling documents, photographs, letters, and personal items related to its work. These artifacts will be published in a book about the history of disability in the Soviet Union. As a History major, my work with Memorial was tremendously rewarding, providing insights into Soviet dissidence, and into the relationship between the state its people.