Pleysier Unlocked MemoriesPleysier to sign new book on Russia

The Piedmont College Bookstore will host a book signing with history professor Dr. Al Pleysier for his new book, “Unlocked Memories: Young Russians under German Rule.” The event will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Stewart Hall lobby at the campus in Demorest.

“Unlocked Memories” is a collection of memories that was shared by Russians who witnessed the German invasion of the Leningrad region in 1941. All were children or young people during World War II, and nearly all were natives of Luga or Oredezh, or villages that were clustered around the two towns. Each lived under German rule after the Leningrad region was overrun and occupied by the enemy.

Dr. Al PleysierPleysier and co-author Alexey Vinogradov of St. Petersburg State University collected the interviews over a period of 10 years. Many of the memories had been locked away for decades. Some were locked away to spare others from embarrassment, some for reasons that concerned a subject’s welfare or the welfare of a relative or friend and others because it was too painful to reflect upon them. All were recorded by the authors chronologically and have been placed within a historical narrative.

Pleysier earned his Ph.D. in European history from West Virginia University and is currently a professor of history at Piedmont College in Demorest.

Vinogradov earned his Ph.D. in archeology at Leningrad State University. He is the acting chairman of the Research Center for Archeology, Historical Sociology and Cultural Heritage of the St. Petersburg State University in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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