Photo taken in:MurmanskYear when photo was taken:1939Country name at time of photo:USSRCountry name today:Russia
This is my aunt Lubov Zaretskaya. The photo was taken in Murmansk in 1939.
Uncle Fima’s first wife, Lubov, was a dentist. In 1941 she gave birth to a girl, and Mom wrote to her: ‘Lyubochka, please come, I’ll help you!’ And she went right when the war began in 1941. And she was executed in Babi Yar together with her baby; they were buried alive. Such a horrible destiny. Uncle Fima even went to see Stalin after that. He then worked at the Kirov factory, on Pyshminsky highway, where they were producing ‘Katyushas.’ He went to Moscow from Sverdlovsk, to see Stalin and told him, ‘I want to be at the front, to avenge my wife and child.’ Stalin answered, ‘No, you will work on Katyusha!’ And later, after he returned to Leningrad, he went to revive the collective farms. He was married for the second time then. So he left somewhere, lost what was left of his health, and died in 1953 of brain hemorrhage.