This one in particular caught my imagination - this young man would not have remembered the 1905 revolution but he would have been in his late teens during the Bolshevik one if he hadn't been snapped up for the Russian army in the meantime. He would have seen the starvation in the 30's, the Terror, and would have been a middle-aged man when the Germans came over the border in 1941. He'd have gone, of course, plucked from the Urals to the front, and if he survived he'd have seen Sputnik and in the 70's when the U.S. left Vietnam, a Soviet Union triumphant as it hadn't been since 1945. He'd have seen the decay of the 80's and if he were lucky the fall of the world he knew in 1991.
That's really quite a lifetime if in fact he were spared to live it. The odds aren't very good given what happened to his people, but if he did, what a life.
Beautifully spoken. It was mesmerizing to read while examining the photo. Thanks.
Post #14: Well reasoned contemplation. Thanks.
There are some YouTube videos of Jews in Warsaw in 1939 months before the start of the war, that are in color, you watch them and realize these people had no idea what was about to happen to them in just a few months.