Name of collection: Russia and Eastern Europe

School Name: Benjamin N. Cardozo H.S.
Address: 57-00 223 Street Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: 718-279-6500 ext 218
Media Specialists: Frank Colletti, Robert Levine


Within the Cardozo library we have a special cooperative collection development project dealing with resources focusing on Russia and Eastern Europe.

Questions for Inquiry:

How did the Soviet Union affect the outcome of World War II?
What was life like during the Soviet regime?
Why did the Russian people embrace the system they have now rejected?
Why did some countries take sides or remain neutral in the Cold War?
What was life like after the fall of Communism in Europe?
What changes did free enterprise bring to Russia?


Cold War
Europe, Eastern
Soviet Union

Key Books:


306.3 SKI
Skinner, E. Benjamin A Crime So Monstrous. New York: Free Press, 2008
Examines the current status of slavery and human trafficking in dozens of places such as Dubai, Bucharest, India, Haiti, and Eastern Europe, reporting on sexual trafficking in particular, and also describes the work of John Miller, America's antislavery czar, and the work of faith-based antislavery groups.

335.43 RIS
Sims Jr., Robert J. The rise of communism. Greenhaven press and Thomson/Gale, 2004
Presents eighteen essays on Communism’s founders, its rise in Russia, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, and a collection of primary source documents, a chronology, and a bibliography.

394.1 MAC
Mack, Glen Randall Food culture in Russia and Central Asia. Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2005.
Provides an introduction to the food culture of Russia and Central Asia,
discussing the historical and geographical factors that have shaped its foods,
including information on the major ingredients, preparation, restaurants, special
occasion foods, and Russian diet and nutrition. Includes recipes.

365.45 APP
Applebaum, Anne Gulag: a history. New York : Doubleday, 2003.
The Gulag, otherwise known as the Soviet concentration camp system, became part of the world’s consciousness in 1972. Its origins actually could be traced to the Russian Revolution, ending with their elimination in the era of glasnost. Ann Applebaum examines its creation, its purposes, and the process of prisoner arrest and trial. She also discusses in detail, daily life in the camps, and the reasons why the Gulag is not a prominent topic in history.

398 ELS
Elsie, Robert Dictionary of Albanian religion. Washington Square, NY: New York University Press, 2001
Alphabetically arranged entries provide information on Albanian popular belief, folk customs, religion, and myths. This volume makes available a wealth of knowledge about Albanian popular belief and folk customs. Alphabetical entries shed light on blood feuding; figures of Albanian mythology; religious beliefs, communities, and sects; calendar feasts and rituals; and popular superstitions, as well as birth, marriage, and funeral customs, and sexual mores.

891.72 MAL
Malcolm, Janet Reading Chekhov: a critical journey. Random House, 2001
Analyzes the short stories and plays of Anton Chekhovand discusses how eventsin this life were reflected in his writings. All this is framed by the author’s account of a journey to Russia.

909.8 WIN
Winkler, Allan M. The Cold War: a history in documents. Oxford University Press, 2000
Uses contemporary documents to explore the development of the Cold War struggle, the consequences in the 1950s and 1960s, and the lasting effects on American social and cultural patterns. Includes Primary Source Documents.

943 KOR
Kort, Michael Handbook of the new Eastern Europe, The. Brookfield, Conn.: Twenty-First Century Books, 2001
Discusses the history, culture. And politics of the countries of Eastern Europe, including Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Albania, and the former Yugoslavia; and includes maps, flags, and a chronology.

943.8 LUK
Lukowski, Jerzy and Zawadzki, Hubert A concise history of Poland. Cambridge University Press 2006
Presents a political history of Poland from medieval times through the twentieth century, discussing the country’s powerful position in Europe between the 1600s and the 1800s, its erasure from the political map in 1795, its ordeal during World War II, and its years under communist rule.

947 SCH
Schultze, Sydney Culture and customs of Russia. Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2000.
Provides an overview of the history and culture of Russia, and includes discussion of the country’s religion, holidays and leisure activities, cuisine and fashion, media and cinema, literature, performing arts, art and architecture, education, marriage, and gender roles.

947.085 KOR
Langley, Andrew Collapse of the Soviet Union, The. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Compass Point Books, 2007
Presents the history of the Soviet Union, focusing on the rise and fall of communism and how the country's changing government affected global politics.

947.086 BRE
Brent, Jonathan Inside the Stalin Archives. New York, Atlas & Company 2008
A new portrait of Russia from the first Westerner granted access to Stalin's personal archives. Brent draws on fifteen years of access to high-level Soviet archives to answer questions such as: Why does Stalin, a man responsible for the deaths of millions of his own people, remain popular enough to appear on boxes of chocolate sold in the Moscow airport?

947.086 THR
Threlkeld, Richard Dispatches from the former evil empire. Prometheus Books, 2001
Former CBS correspondent Richard Threlkeld chronicles the experiences he had during the three years he spent reporting from Moscow.


Greenfeld, Howard The essential Marc Chagall. Wonderland Press/Harry N. Abrams 2002
A study of twentieth-century artist Marc Chagall, discussing the two major influences on his life and work, town, and his experiences in Paris where he moved in 1910. Includes over sixty illustrations.


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Brown, Dale Dale Brown's Dreamland. Berkley, 2001

America's most advanced aerospace-weapons testing facility, Dreamland is hidden in the Nevada desert. Dreamland is the place where the nation's top minds come to develop the most sophistacated artillery and aircraft and where the Air Force's top command come to test them. The infiltration byspys has the Pentagon trying to close Dreamland down. To save Dreamland, Lt. Colonel Tecumseh Bastian is sent in.


Charyn, Jerome The Green Lantern: A Romance of Stalinist Russia. Publishers Group West, 2004

When the lead in a theater troupe’s performances of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” falls ill, the prop manager is thrust into the spotlight and falls under the scrutiny of Joseph Stalin, who controls whether or not the play will go on.


Goldstein, Paul Errors and omissions. Doubleday, 2006

Litigator Michael Seeley is summoned to Hollywood by United Pictures to confirm the film company's legal right to the "Spykiller" films; however, as Seeley digs deeper into his research, he finds himself entangled in politics, blacklists, and the world of Nazi-occupied Poland.


Lauer, Betty Hiding in Plain Sight. Smith and Kraus, Inc., 2004

The incredible true story of a German-Jewish teenager's struggle to survive in Nazi-occupied Poland. The author, a German Jew, chronicles her years posing in Nazi-occupied Poland as a Christian, describing her experiences during World War II and the impact of the Holocaust on her family.

F MAK Makine, Andrei Music of a life: a novel. Arcade Pub. 2002

In World War II Russia, classical pianist Alexei Berg takes the identity of a dead soldier in the Soviet Army to avoid being arrested by the secret police, and, twenty years later, relates his story to a stranger in a train station in the Urals.


R 305.892 YIV The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. Yale University Press, 2008

Collects alpahabetically arranged entries that explore the history, origins, and experiences of the Jewish population of Eastern Europe through the twenty-first century; and includes an index.

R 306 BEU
Beumers, Birgit Pop culture Russia! ABC-CLIO, 2005
Contains an overview of the development of popular culture in Russia since the 1970s, providing information on the influence of Western countries, including information on the media, visual arts, performing arts, music, and consumer culture.

R 940 EAS
Frucht,Richard An introduction to the people, lands, and culture. ABC-CLIO, 2005 3V
Examines the geography, people, history, political development, economy, and culture of the Eastern European countries of Poland, Etonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, looks at the challenges facing the region in the early twenty-first century, and includes sidebars that highlight the unique features of each country, as well as the area in general.

R 947.00 ENC
Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe: from the Congress of Vienna to the fall of Communism Garland Pub., 2000
This reference explores the history of Eastern Europe over the last two centuries, roughly from the Congress of Vienna to the fall of Communism.

R 947.00 ENC
Encyclopedia of Russian history Macmillan Reference USA , 2004
Contains articles that provide information on the history of Russia, covering social customs and cultures, peoples, politics, economics, arts, geography, religion, and science, with biographies of notable people, and discussion of the political systems, economies, languages, and cultures of the former Soviet republics.


DVD 51
Complete history of WWII [videorecording] : the thrilling epic story of the greatest conflict ever. St. Laurent, Quebec : Madacy Entertainment Group, c2003.
Color film from the military engagements of World War II

DVD 156
Elie Wiesel goes home[videorecording] [Beverly Hills, Calif.] :choices, c2002
Elie Wiesel returns to the village of his birth and to Auschwitz and Birkenau, the camp where he was interned during WWII.

DVD 48
The fall of Communism [videorecording] [ Oak Forest,Ill.]: MPI Home Video, 2002.
ABC News archival footage tells the story of the persistent governmental changes in Communist countries of Europe, beginning with the events in the falls of 1989.

DVD 44
Hungary [videorecording] [Chicago, Ill.]: New Dimension Media [2005]
“Hungary is a land of Baroque palaces and cobblestone streets echoing with gypsy rhapsodies. Budapest on the Danube River reveals this historical richness mixed with modern free enterprise emerging after the Communist era…” – Container.

DVD 50
Night and fog [videorecording] = Nuit et brouillard [United States]: Criterion Collection, 2003
Ten Years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this piece documents the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Manjdanek.

DVD 152
Peter the Great: the tyrant reformer [videorecording] [Burlington, VT]: A&E home Video: New York: Distributed by New Video, 2005 Towering over his countrymen, literally and figuratively, he virtually single-handedly modernized his immense nation. From 1696 to 1725, he ruled Russia with an iron hand, and his life and legacy have captivated generation…

DVD 45
Poland [videorecording] [Chicago, Ill.]: New Dimension Media, 2005“Poland has been invaded and occupied by many other countries yet has maintained its own proud historical heritage. Warsaw, the capital, is being restored, and other cities such as Krakow or Gdansk show off this country’s rich culture. Strong Roman Catholic roots are seen in the Black Madonna pilgrimages, Auschwitz reveals darker aspects of its history, while pristine natural areas such as the Tetras Mountains and burgeoning industrial enterprises show its variety and vitality”

DVD 47
Rick Steves’ Eastern Europe. Eastern Europe [videorecording] [Edmonds, WA]: Back Door Productions, c2005Poland rediscovered: Krakow, Auschwitz and Warsaw – Prague and the Czech Republic – Slovenia and Croatia – Budapest, the best of Hungary – Surprising Bulgaria – Eastern Turkey.

DVD 43
Russia [videorecording] [Chicago, Il.]: New Dimension Media, c2005
“After countless rulers, seven decades of Communism, and domination of Eastern Europe as the power behind the former USSR, Russia still remains the world’s largest country in landmass. We witness Moscow’s importance, as well as other major cities such a Volgograd and St. Petersburg. We see Russia’s most important regions and natural wonders such as the Volga River, Ural Mountains, Siberia, and Lake Baikal. We experience the changes free enterprise is bringing to this important country.”

DVD 46
The Russian revolution [videorecording] [Wynnewood, PA]: Schlessinger Media, c2005
Relates how years of war and political and economic oppression destroyed the faith of the Russian people in their once-beloved leader, Alexander II. Discusses how this led to the October Revolution and established the world’s first communist government. Describes leaders of the revolution, Stalin and Lenin, and how the political upheaval of 1917 led to a radical departure with the Czarist past and set Russian on the communist path.

DVD 49
Joseph Stalin [videorecording]: Red terror [New York]: A & E Home Video: Distributed by New Video 2002, c1997
A biographical account of the Soviet Union’s infamous dictator from his childhood in Georgia to his seminary studies and domination of the Soviet people.

DVD 154
Ukraine [videorecording] [Chicago, Ill.]: New Dimension Media, c2005
“Ukraine has often been threatened by its larger Russian neighbor as well as by other invaders, despite being Europe’s vastest country after Russia. Its greatest city, Kiev has its own renown and historical treasures, as have other cultural and environmental sites such as Perchersk Monastery, medieval castles, the Crimea, and the heartland city of Lviv. The ancient and the modern intermingle in the country of rich agriculture, Orthodox religious traditions, communist-era monuments, and resilient people.”

Video's using Discovery Education:

Vladimir Lenin in Russia: The Architect of Socialism
A Segment of: Isms: Communism and Socialism

The Origins of the Cold War: Totalitarianism and Reaction
A Segment of: Isms: Communism and Socialism

Josef Stalin
Segment of: Discovering History: 20th-Century Biographies: WWll Political Leaders.

Changing Maps of Eastern Europe
As powerful conquerers take over various parts of Eastern Europe, empires are divided and created.

The Russian Revolution
Understand what led Russia's people to embrace the system they have now rejected.

Life Under Stalin
Explore Stalin's leadership struggle with Trotsky, his rise to power, the collectivization of agriculture, industrialization, totalitarianism, foreign policy in the 1930s, and much more.

Reunification: Ten Years Later: Eastern Europe, Ten Years Later Outlines the new political and economic systems of former Eastern Bloc nations and reviews the current state of their economies.

Globe Trekker: Eastern Europe & Russia
Witness the combination of east and west in these ancient yet modern countries.§ions=all&searchFor=eastern%20europe&type=streaming&theSubjectID=747

Globe Trekker: Czech Republic & Poland
Explore the modern cities of Prague and Krakow as well as the medieval towns of Cesky Krumlov and Czestochowa.Globe Trekker: Czech Republic & Poland

Digital Audio:

Music History and Culture

Traditional Dance Music of the Ukraine

Traditional Russian Music

Databases and eBooks:

Title:Eastern European Immigration
Source:U.S. Immigration and Migration Reference Library. Ed. Sonia Benson. Vol. 2: Vol. 2: U.S. Immigration and Migration Almanac. p485-516. From Gale Virtual Reference Library.

In just two decades between 1891 and 1910, about 12.5 million people immigrated to the United States. The majority of these immigrants came from the countries and states that composed Eastern Europe, among them Austria-Hungary, Poland, and Russia. But the people leaving these countries did not necessarily claim ancestry in them. The borders of nations during the nineteenth century in Eastern Europe changed so frequently that immigration from eastern and central Europe cannot be accurately divided up into nationality counts.

Title:Russia/Eastern Europe economy: South Stream--pipeline overkill.
Source:**//Economist Intelligence Unit: Country ViewsWire//** (May 18, 2009)(1945 words) From Business and Company ASAP.

Russia's Gazprom and several of its European partners have announced a doubling in the capacity of the proposed South Stream gas pipeline, which will bypass Ukraine and Belarus. The initiative seems timed to strike against Nabucco, an EU-backed rival scheme, by saturating the target markets.

Community Resources:

The Kosciuszko Foundation
An American center for Polish culture since 1925

The Czech Republic Cultural Center New York
As of 1995, the Czech Center New York builds dialogue among the Czech Republic and American public particularly in the areas of Czech Culture, Czech Business and Czech Tourism.

The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Queensborough Community College.
Open to the public and free of charge, various events investigate issues surrounding the Holocaust. Events are ongoing throughout the year.

Useful Websites:

Auschwitz-Birkenau -- Memorial and Museum

Jewish Virtual Library: The Holocaust

Russia in the Age of Enlightenment [web site]: an overview of 18th century Russian life

A teacher’s guide to the Holocaust

The Baltic States ~ Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania