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Arkady Shulman
LEV MANEVICH'S DESTINY

Vladimir Tsypin
TWO DESTINIES

Arkady Shulman
THE FAMILY ALBUM

E. Muraviev
REMEMBERING THE WAR
THE STORY OF A WITNESS

THE FAMILY ALBUM

We are looking at old photos of Mstislavl together with Sofia Abramova. Sofia used to live in Mstislavl; here lived her uncles and aunts, grandparents and great grandparents.

Yakov Grechanikov, 1944.
Yakov Grechanikov, 1944.
Lev Grechanikov with family.
Lev Grechanikov with family.
Lev Grechanikov, 1968.
Lev Grechanikov, 1968.
Lev Grechanikov and marshal P. Rotmistrov.
Lev Grechanikov and marshal P. Rotmistrov.

- I do not know the names of my great grandparents, - says Sofia Pavlovna. – Our family name is Yesepkin. In Mstislavl they were called Yesepkiniates.

My grandmother's name was Luba, or Libke Yesepkina. She used to bake bread. Grandmother had a lot of brothers and sistes. She married Girsh Grechanikov, who was a respected man in Mstislavl. In summer 1941, when the family was trying to get away from the Nazi invasion, Girsh vanished. Most probably, he was killed during the mess of the first days of the war.

In the family of Girsh and Luba there were six children – four brothers and two sisters. Alexander was the elder one. He fought in the Army against the Nazis and in 1945 participated in the war against Japan. There, in the Far East, he met his younger brother Yakov.

The second brother, Lev Grechanikov, also fought in the Army, in the reconnaissance party. After the war he was a head of a tank regiment.

The third brother, Yakov, settled down in Moscow after the war was over. His wife, Ida, was from Mstislavl as well.

The youngest son in the family was Pavel, who is my father, - says Sofia Abramova.

Lubov Grechanikova returned to Mstislavl after the war. Of course, it was a completely different town – the war had left its black trace. Most of the Jews from Mstislavl had been shot.

Pavel Grechanikov.
Pavel Grechanikov, prewar photo.
Pavel Grechanikov with family.
Pavel Grechanikov with family.

- I finished school in Mstislavl, - Says Sofia. Our house, where grandmother, her children and grandchildren used to live, is still there. Only other people are living now in this house.

The memory of that time remains in the old photographs.

Arkady Shulman

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