This is Katya, avzel's daughter. (I am not sure if you recognize my username, since I don't post much.) Sorry I am writing in English - I can read in Russian just fine, but it takes me a long time to write in it. Feel free to respond in Russian if you feel like it!
Thank you so much for posting those pictures! I had seen some of them, but not others. I thought you might be interested in seeing this collection of pictures that Karen put together for the gathering we had after the funeral, to celebrate my father's life.
Karen said that because of the varying sizes of the pictures, the best way to watch them is by clicking the "Slideshow" button from the first screen. She uploaded the highest resolution we had available for all the pictures, so if you want to save any of the pictures, you can download the best version of any picture by opening the picture, clicking on "Options" at the bottom, and selecting "Download Full Size". (She did a truly amazing job with those pictures.)
There are pictures from many different times in my father's life. I spent a long time staring at this picture. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that my mom had to tell me who the boy in the very back of the picture was. ;)
Also, in case you are curious, I posted the eulogy for my father that I gave at the funeral on my LJ here. I wish so much that there had been some way we could have seen you at the funeral, but I really felt like you were there in spirit.
Катя, это Саша Браверман. Спасибо большое за ссылки. Я хочу попробовать написать текст о твоем отце, как о школьном учителе. Ты не знаешь, не осталось ли у него какого-нибудь архива с задачами, которые он давал нам в школе? Он был очень аккуратным человеком - наверняка что-то сохранил. И прими ещё раз мои соболезнования, хотя что тут говорить... В моей жизни он сыграл неимоверно важную роль.
Thank you so much, Sasha! I know my father has always held you in the highest regard.
I would love to read your recollections of my dad as a high school teacher! I've often wished I could have been in that class that he taught, but obviously, I was much too young at the time.
We will look through my father's papers, but I'm afraid that any notes about that class would most likely have been lost during our move from Moscow to the US. Still, it's possible that he might have wanted to use the same problems for his students at Cornell the first year we were in the US, in which case he might have brought his notes with him from Moscow. I'm not sure we would be able to tell apart notes from the classes he taught earlier in the Jewish People's University in the late 70s and early 80s and notes from the class he taught at the 43rd School, though. Still, those problems might also be interesting to see!
(I also hope that we can find those notes, not least because my nephew is quickly approaching high school age, and it might be good for him to take a look at those problems in a few years, as well.)
Also, thank you so much for the flowers that you sent! They were beautiful! We will try to place them by my father's grave.
Kaтя, спасибо. Я бы, конечно, смог отличить "те самые" (наши) листочки (думаю, Лева тоже может). Если бы в какой-то момент я мог взглянуть на папины бумаги, было бы здорово (разумеется это не срочно и вообще не обязательно).
Катя, все, кто знал Андрея, понимают всю глубину и боль вашей потери. Keep strong and may you know no more sorrows... И огромное спасибо за ссылки с фотографиями. Я поищу среди своих файлов фото нашей с Андреем прогулки по Иерусалиму несколько лет назад, если найду - обязательно пошлю Вам... да будет память Андрея благословенна.
Thank you so much! We would really appreciate seeing those pictures!
Also, thank you so much for your beautiful post about my father! My uncle read it out loud at the gathering we had after the funeral, and my brother translated it into English for anyone who didn't understand. It was a wonderful tribute to my father.
Катюша, милая! Спасибо тебе большое и за письмо, и за ссылки. Чудесные фотографии. И сказала ты очень точно. Да, конечно, счастливая жизнь. И конечно, он очень много успел. Всё так. Держитесь. Сейчас очень тяжело, и долго ещё не отпустит. До сих пор невозможно поверить. Все слова поддержки, которые приходят на ум, звучат банально. Но мы действительно с вами, хотя и очень далеко.