Wednesday, 9:40–11:05, Mar. 28
Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne
Instructor: Vera Kochanowsky
Dr. Vera Kochanowsky will present a talk about her father, Boris J. Kochanowsky (1905-1992) which will include readings from his recently published memoir, Lenin, Hitler, and Me. A discussion and Q&A period will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase. The book highlights her father’s youth in pre- and post-revolutionary Russia, his early career in Germany, and his subsequent five-year flight from Nazi persecution through Holland, Belgium, and France. Born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Boris Kochanowsky grew up as the son of a successful industrial tycoon. With the coming of the Russian Revolution, his family lost everything they owned. At the age of 16, he made his way to Germany, where he studied at the Freiberg School of Mines. After graduation he held various posts, including advisor to the chief minister of mines under Hitler. Suddenly condemned as a Jew, he spent months trying to escape Germany. After almost five years on the run, he reached Switzerland in late 1943 with the help of the French Resistance. Kochanowsky’s later career took him to Argentina, and finally in 1953 to the United States, where he was professor of mining at The Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State and after retirement, he continued to build a reputation as a blasting and open-pit extraction specialist, traveling to many major mining operations throughout the world.
Vera Kochanowsky, daughter of the author, resides in Falls Church. She holds a doctorate degree in music from Stanford University and has studied in Europe as a Fulbright scholar. A specialist in early music, she is active in the Washington DC area as a harpsichordist, private teacher, and choral director.