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The story of the people who lived in the House with Knights
is the story of Russia in the 20th Century. Built in the early 1900's, this grand apartment
building on Arbat Street at first was the residence of rich and privileged families.
Then, after the revolution of 1917, it was turned into a collective housing unit. People from all
backgrounds were brought in and told, "From now on you will have to cram together."
footage and the reminiscences of former residents, some now
98 years old, the incredible story of the House with Knights
comes alive. One resident describes how "every day you could
hear doors banging: they had come to arrest someone."
Another muses: "Today I am sure of nothing. There was so much hypocrisy
and lying that everything I thought to be good was perhaps no more than
an illusion. The only truly real thing was the people."
The narrator remarks, "For 70 years all of Russia was like this building
- a strange family indeed."