WHAT’S LIFE LIKE IN A COLD WAR U.S. FAMILY
WHEN DAD IS AN ATOMIC SPY FOR THE SOVIETS,
NOBODY ELSE IN THE FAMILY KNOWS,
AND DAD IS NEVER CAUGHT?
TALK TO HIS SON, WHO USED HIS TRAINING IN RESEARCH TO DISCOVER THE TRUTH
The Cold War Museum invites you to attend a presentation by Dr. Boria Sax on
Atomic Spy’s Son: Discovering the Reality of Your Father’s Secret Life
It is many decades since the end of the Cold War, but many of the traumas and mysteries that it engendered are with us still. In this talk, drawing from his book Stealing Fire: Memoir of a Boyhood in the Shadow of Atomic Espionage,
Dr. Boria Sax will describe his discovery as an adult that many of the strange tensions in his family’s life as he was growing up were due to his father’s espionage for the Soviet Union.
He will talk about how to investigate anomalies in the past, as well as the often-difficult task of distinguishing between reasonable speculation and paranoid imaginings. This talk is presented in the hope of inspiring others to investigate and tell the Cold War stories in their families, for there are surely thousands of strange, interesting narratives that have yet to be told. We have enough distance from the Cold War that people need no longer feel afraid to ask questions. Memories of the Cold War are fading yet still fairly vivid. We have a unique chance to record stories of that era before they are lost forever.
Dr. Boria Sax is the author of a score of books, mostly on human-animal relations, which have won awards for scholarship and been translated into many languages. These include Animals in the Third Reich (2013) and Dinomania: Why We Love, Fear and Are Utterly Enchanted by Dinosaurs (2018). He is also author of Stealing Fire: Memoir of a Boyhood in the Shadow of Atomic Espionage (2013). He teaches in the graduate literature program of Mercy College and at Sing Sing Prison. (For more details on Stealing Fire, please click here: https://smile.amazon.com/Stealing-Fire-Memoir-Boyhood-Espionage/dp/0915474131/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=stealing+fire%2Bboria+sax&qid=1610747882&sr=8-1
This is the 43nd in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum featuring eyewitnesses to, and other experts on, significant Cold War events and activities.
Date and Time: Sunday, April 11, 2021, 2:00 PM.
Cost: $20, 100% of which is a contribution to the Cold War Museum.
Location: ONLINE ONLY. Eventbrite ticket buyers will receive a link to the virtual roosm on the Zoom platform where this event will take place. We are recording the whole event, including the Q&A, for the Museum’s archives.
FOR MORE INFORMATION & TICKETING, PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO THE MUSEUM’S EVENTBRITE PAGE FOR THIS EVENT: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/atomic-spys-son-discovering-the-reality-of-your-fathers-secret-life-tickets-137043377431
Cold War Museum (100% VIRTUAL EVENT, IN THE MUSEUM'S ZOOM ROOM), 1742 Lineweaver Rd, Warrenton,VA 20187