Son of the famous American journalist Louis Fischer, who corresponded from Germany and then Moscow, and the Russian writer Markoosha Fischer, Victor Fischer grew up in the shadow of Hitler and Stalin, watching his friends’ parents disappear after political arrests. Eleanor Roosevelt personally engineered the Fischer family’s escape from Russia, and soon after Victor was serving in the United States Army in World War II and fighting opposite his childhood friends in the Russian and German armies.
As a young adult, he went on to help shape Alaska’s map by planning towns throughout the state. This unique autobiography recounts Fischer’s earliest days in Germany, Russia, and Alaska, where he soon entered civic affairs and was elected as a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention—the body responsible for establishing statehood in the territory. A move to Washington, DC, and further government appointments allowed him to witness key historic events of his era, which he also recounts here. Finally, Fischer brings his memoir up to the present, describing how he has returned to Russia many times to bring the lessons of Alaska freedom and prosperity to the newly democratic states.
About the Author
Charles Wohlforth is a lifelong Alaska resident and prize-winning author of numerous books about Alaska. A popular lecturer, he has spoken all over the United States and overseas.
"[A] remarkable life captured now in an extraordinarily well-researched and well-told autobiography. If you shy from autobiographies as self-aggrandizing accumulations of details that no one but a mother could love, expect something quite different here. Reading this one is like sitting with Vic for one of the most fascinating conversations of your life."
— Nancy Lord
“Here is an epic memoir that reads like a best-selling thriller. This fast-paced page turner has it all: Russian intrigue, spies, narrow escapes, adventure, political hijinks, mavericks, monsters, the birth of Alaskan statehood, and an ongoing love affair that spans the rollercoaster history of the Last Frontier.”
— R. J. Rubadeau, author of The Fat Man
"[I]n waiting to age 88 to complete his life story, Vic has much more territory to cover. He does it well. . . . Fischer, with the assistance of Charles Wohlforth, another accomplished Alaska author and researcher, has given us a fascinating account of the journey that began in Germany in 1924 and continued in Russia before he moved to the United States."
— Dermot Cole
"Vic Fischer’s life story reads like a real-life Forrest Gump, with appearances by Lenin, Stalin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Saul Alinsky and many more, together with everyone in the whole history of Alaska from statehood to the present day. A great read by a great Alaskan."
— Brian Rogers, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
"This wide-ranging account succeeds as a unique, thoughtful perspective on circumpolar affairs."
“[An] extraordinary autobiography. . . . To Russia with Love: An Alaskan’s Journey is carefully researched and thoughtfully written in an easy-to-read style that makes it impossible to put down.”
— Society for German American Studies