Mitya's Harbin: Majesty and Menace
Harbin: Russia's Loss and China's Gain. In the late 1950's, the Soviet Union was pressuring its citizens in Harbin, China, to return to Mother Russia. For the family of Dimitry ("Mitya") Nikolayevich Zissermann and other White Russians, leaving their beloved "home town" had its perils. Few wanted to labor on the collective farms--their likely fate if they returned. But where else could they go, and how would they get there?