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Viktor Gromov

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Date of Birth: 08/05/1931

Age: 85

Citizenship: Russia

Background

Victor G. Gromov (8 May 1931), Blokadnik. Mother - Natalia Tarasevna Gromov (Groshenikova), father - Grigoriy Dmitrievich Gromov. Born in Smolensk Oblast, a village high.

In the village of Victor childhood he helped his parents on the farm. Victor`s father, as well as two older brothers, Gregory and Nicholas, was a blacksmith. Since the family was large, and one peasant labor was hard to feed themselves, Father Victor went to Leningrad to work. Before moving to his father in 1940, Victor has had studied for two first-class high school Vysokovsk Elninskaya area. His brother Basil and sister Zinaida by that time had learned vLeningrade. Younger sister Anna had to stay in the village to finish the training.

Victor G. later recalled, at the beginning of 1940 in his family gradually began to reign anxiety and a sense of impending war. The father is now increasingly began to vanish at work, it is constantly sent to accompany the military trains. In June 1941, Victor`s mother gave birth to another son, Peter. The evacuation from Leningrad. Staying in the city was not safe. Father received `evacuation bilet` as a valuable employee. But Victor`s parents decided not to leave the city and wait for the end of the war. At a time when German troops came close to Leningrad, formerly populous city seemed quiet and empty.

In the early years of the war were still classes in several schools. But the one in which he studied Victor, closed. Began bombing and shelling. Citizens at the first sound of sirens in fear hurry to shelter. But gradually, little Victor, as well as those who remained in the city, accustomed to the constant rumble of explosions, reports of air raid and frequent fires.

In Leningrad famine reigned. People caught mice, cats, dogs, to somehow feed themselves. Basically the family of Victor lived on those rations that brought my father to work.

Cold paralyzed besieged city. The fire went all okazyvalospod hand. When the war came close to a town, Victor and his family had to move in with friends in the city center. Then no one knew how close the enemy troops approached. But there was no panic. The hardest part, according to Victor G., was to survive the end of the forty-one years. People died of cold and exhaustion. Leningrad was a very terrible picture: the destroyed building, traces of fires, corpses. At first, all very frightened ten-Victor, but he was used to with time. Winter 1942 has become a little relief to the exhausted Leningrad and family Thundering. Hunger stepped back and wait for the end of the war was not so hard.