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Francis Gary Powers' Russian Word List from Prison

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Lot 0009 Details

Original Russian word list written by Francis Gary Powers during his time at Vladimir Central Prison.

The pristine note contains a list of hand written Russian words defined in English. The 10.5 x 7.5" list is handwritten in pencil on cream colored paper and remains intact.

On Aug. 17, 1960, his 31st birthday, Francis Gary Powers went on trial in Moscow. Only three months after being shot down in his U-2 aircraft, Powers was charged by the Soviets with espionage and sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment, including seven years hard labor. At the time, Powers did not speak Russian and had no contacts in the country.

Powers began learning Russian during his time in prison. This list is a historical account of his Russian education. At a time when the world was on the brink of chaos, any connection to Russia was suspect. Powers learning the enemy language was seen as problematic back on US shoes where he was labeled a defector. Years later the CIA published a report on Francis Gary Powers's conduct, saying he acted honorably throughout his service - and entirely in accordance with the instructions given to him.

These items provided directly by Mr. Powers' son, expert public speaker on the U-2 Incident and Cold War History, Francis Gary Powers Jr.

To learn more about Powers' astounding story of survival, please visit www.guernseys.com
Good condition. Small water stain.
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Francis Gary Powers' Russian Word List from Prison

Estimate $1,500 - $2,500Oct 07, 2017
Starting Price $350
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