Wednesday, October 14, 2009

From ALA E-Newsletter: Library in Abkhazia

The October 14 e-newsletter of American Libraries included a link to a video on the 1992 destruction of the Abkhazian Research Institute of History, Language, and Literature by Georgian troops. In an effort to try to erase history, Georgian troops destroyed materials and books held at the Institute. This story is of a personal interest to me because I participated in the Citizens' Ambassador Program Archaeology Delegation to Russia, in late September to early October of 1992. Cautiously, the delegation went into Karbadino-Balkaria and Karachaevo-Cherkessia, two autonomous republics of Russia in the Caucasus Mountains, on the north side. There was already unrest in Georgia and South Ossetia, just across the border from our delegation. Shortly after my trip's end, parts of that region exploded with violence. Abkhazians are a minority group.

I am familiar with Thomas de Waal's work. I highly recommend it.

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