Written in 1991
My brother Asaf went with his friends to watch ballet. Then he said: «You know, I, too, so I can». Then the ballet class led Gorski, and engaged in it Geltser and Tikhomirov. Gorski put all to a stick and asked to repeat a few movements.
-Where are you studying? – Nowhere – said Assaf. They got him. Within months, Assaf danced in the performances.
I was 19 years old when I went to VGIK. At the exam I was given a passage «how do you catch a butterfly». Everyone laughed, especially when I started to cry. In the hall sat Kuleshov and Khokhlov. It was a terrible time. Hunger. Movies are not filmed. Only stories, photos. Does one painting a year. One day I came director Doronin with his wife and said: – That this girl give a closer look. So I got to the movies. Then he met Volodya Plisetskaya. His brother Michael told him: – You see, before I did not marry. And rescued me. Misha beautiful, witty, leader of the kind. Volodya cheerful, energetic and Misha. I am married to Misha. At that time, he was director of film production. Meanwhile, I started acting in the film Razumova «Valley of Tears». The shooting took place in Kalmykia. We studied together with Vladimir in Horse School.
Stalin was a terrible time. In 37 year, Stalin cleared the people who know much about him. Nothing was known about Misha. Now we know: «He was shot on a false denunciation». Nothing else is known.
I was pregnant. Whole life topsy-turvy. Usually come at 4 am. Stalin had the same maniac like Hitler.
We lived in a damn lane. There took and Misha and me. My sister Mita danced at the Bolshoi Theater «Don Quixote». She sent a note with a basket of flowers «from small fans». Mita understood everything. They wanted to take the children. Mita said: «In my troupes». She had a medal «a badge of honor».
I was sent to prison along with a newborn Azarik. I remember that one side was a tower.
Rachel Messerer (1902-1993)
Listened to the story, Anna Plisetskaya (granddaughter)
We are going to continue …
From reminiscences brother’s Rachel - Nodik (Amenadav Messerer)
I can only assume how evolved events in prison. Michael Plisetsky kept in jail for 8 months, tortured and forced to accept the indictment and to sign the paper. When Rachel gave birth, the investigator called her with Misha, and holding up the phone, told him that he has been born a boy. This was a hint that, if Michael Plisetsky will sign, then the NKVD to spare his family. After 15 minutes Michael Emmanuilovich Plisetsky was shot. And six months later, Rachel was arrested and the little six-month Azari was sent to prison.
Sincerely, Alexander (Aminadav) Mikhailovich Messerer
Rachel Messerer. Letters to Anna Plisetskaya from Moscow to St. Petersburg
September 26, 1988.
Anna, My dear, sweet! I am interested in everything that concerns you and your business. I’m called, but do not connect . I will call the following Sunday. It was at Maya’s performance. At this time «Lady with the Dog» by Chekhov. The performance was even more successful than the last time. Always a shame that you can not see. Azarik called from Madrid, he returned from Italy, where he had all passed successfully, and as his production «Canta Vitale» ( «The song of life»). I hope that you will see in the record itself estimated by their own. You big hello from him. He just phoned. Fly home on October 17. Yesterday Maya flew in Madrid. This is very good! Rode out the mockery of her Yuri Grigorovich and others. Nodik come tomorrow. So I live: go, come. But all that well when alive. And the soul and severity of sadness … and sometimes the joy of meeting. What will happen to you? Arrives Azarik. I look forward to it. Try, for intelligent, look!
I kiss you, and I embrace my dear girl.
Your grandmother Alia
on 26 September 1988.
My dear, sweet!
I really want to see you, I really miss you. Whether you’re on something. And Andris? Danced a ballet, and everything? Nothing more offers? Perhaps, rehearse with him some room? Just do not be disheartened, work, come in handy. Azariku proposed Bejart work in the city of Lausanne. I think he will tell you about it. And you tell him about his mood. Now come to me Mita, for two days to see me. If you’ll call me, she will be able to talk to her. It is unfortunate that we all live apart. But I hope everything will change for the better. We must not lose heart, to work and endure. I beg you, do not throw a piano. It is better to be able to. Can always come in handy every skill. Try to rehearse it that you want to dance. I hope that soon you’re lucky, I have some grounds. While I still can not firmly say, but it is imperative to work.
Your grandmother Alia
1968. Moscow. PLisetsky – Messerer family
(from left to right -Amenadav Messerer, Marianna Sedova, Rodion Shchedrin, Loipa Oraukho, Aleksandre Plisetki, Maya Plisetskaya, Azari Plisetski, Boris Messerer, Rakhil Messerer
NY. Plesent family
1924. Ra Messerer
Maya. Rachel. Alik
1932 Maya. Alik
Shymkent. August 1939
Rakhil Messerer, Azari Plisetski (2 years), Amenedav Messerer (23 years) , Maya Plisetskaya (13 years)
When Nodik with Maya came to Rachel’s home in Shymkent, where she was free settlement
Moscow 70-s Rachel Messerer