Found Art: Meditating on The Cherry Orchard
Ink Drawing, Artist Unknown, found at the end of The Cherry Orchard
in a 1968 pocketbook printing of Four Great Plays By Chekhov
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A Red Army officer, he remained in Kiev after the Red Army retreat in 1941. He managed to organize a group of anti-fascist fighters, blowing up bridges, railroads and offices.He worked with fellow resistance fighter Kiev Opera singer Raisa Okipnaya, She was also eventually caught and executed at one of the Babi Yar massacres.
Ivan Kudrya’s subversive anti-fascist group managed to blow up many buildings in Kiev center during the occupation, along with an old church that was frequently visited by Nazi officers.
In late 1941 they blew up 2 cinemas in Kiev full of Nazi officers. Fluently speaking German, members of the group posed as German officers, arresting some Ukrainian Nazi collaborationists. In August 1941 they managed to kill some leaders of Ukrainian fascists from OUN. In late 1941 they blew up the hotel where the Nazi headquarters in Kiev was situated, killing some 320 Nazi officers and local Nazi collaborationists. In 1942 Kudrya’s group burned an oil-refinery and a dozen warehouses in Kiev.