We are fortunate to be able to meet Victor Fischer, one of Alaska’s Founding Fathers, at the college this Friday evening, Nov. 2.
Vic Fischer is the last of the Alaska Constitutional Convention delegates still able to travel and meet with Alaskans. He is here to speak and to sign his just published book, “To Russia With Love,” about his extraordinary life. Son of the famous American foreign correspondent and Gandhi biographer Louis Fischer and the Russian writer Markoosha Fischer, Vic Fischer and his family fled Germany under Hitler to the Soviet Union under Stalin, where they watched friends disappear after political arrests until the White House intervened to help the Fischer family escape from Moscow.
Fischer arrived in America as a teenager and served in the U.S. Army in World War II, while his childhood friends fought in the Soviet and German armies. He moved to Alaska when it was still a territory, helped write the state Constitution and has participated in Alaska politics ever since, including as a founder of UAA’s Institute of Social Economic Research and as a state senator.
Many thanks to the Kachemak Bay College for hosting Victor Fischer and to Grant Aviation for donating his round trip tickets from Anchorage.