Photo taken in:KievYear when photo was taken:1939Country name at time of photo:Soviet UnionCountry name today:Ukraine
This is my Komsomol membership card, issued in 1939.
At school, I was an Octobrist and a pioneer. I was proud to wear my red pioneer tie – I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever. My father, however religious he was, was understanding about our interest in all this stuff. He did not object to our becoming pioneers and, later, Komsomol members. We, in turn, respected his outlook and his faith. Our family was very close.