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Maya Plisetskaya

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088571

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088571.001.0001

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(p.17) Chapter Four Spitzbergen
I, Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya

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In this chapter, Maya Plisetskaya recalls how her father, who was working for Arktikugl (Arctic Coal), was appointed in 1932 by Otto Yulyevich Shmidt to be general consul to Spitzbergen in Norway and chief of the coal mines there. Her whole family embarked on a very long journey, with stops and awkward changes in various countries. They boarded a train which traveled to Berlin via Warsaw. Maya also encountered humanity's meaningless cruelty in Barentsburg, when she witnessed the death of a polar bear after being shot by a man.

Keywords:   coal mines, Maya Plisetskaya, father, Otto Yulyevich Shmidt, Spitzbergen, Norway, Berlin, Warsaw, Barentsburg, polar bear

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