As Interviewed by Z.D., March 18, 2018
"The USSR wasn’t the best. It wasn’t bad, but now things have changed for the better."

Introductory Profile: About Z.D.

Mrs. Z.D is a a respected immigrant from Azerbaijan and was living there during the USSR. She grew up and lived in Azerbaijan for 50 years before moving to U.S. and continuing her career as a piano teacher. Our family met Mrs. Z.D. a few years after my sister started playing piano at Briarclef Music Academy. Mrs. Z.D. has been an encouraging teacher for both my sister and I.

This interview is about her experience in Azerbaijan under the control of the USSR. Azerbaijan is a resource-rich, beautiful country bordering Georgia, Iran, Armenia, and the Caspian Sea. It gained its independence in 1991 and has been a growing country since the fall of the USSR and the rise of the new president Heydar Aliyev. Mrs. Z.D. told me about the different leaders that ruled over the socialist than later communist land and some memories she had while she was there, including the time when she was chased down a street by dangerous, armed men and was hidden in a grocery store. The experiences she has to share are valuable and interesting to listen to.