Text by Oksana Moskvina. Photo by Alexander Churbanov
On April 27, the Nizhny Novgorod State Center for Contemporary Art “Arsenal” hosted a presentation of the historical and local lore book in memory of “People’s Feat of Pechersk Sloboda”. It was published with the blessing of Metropolitan George of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas. The book tells about the labor and military exploits of the inhabitants of four Gorky settlements: Pechery, Podnovye, Koshelevka and Pecherye settlements.
The presentation was attended by the rector of the Church of the Transfiguration (Old Church Church) Archpriest Eugene Khudin, head of the Nizhny Novgorod district Nizhny Novgorod Ilya Lagutin, chairman of the regional public organization of veterans “Nizhny Novgorod Border Guard” Andrey Petrov, author of the book Galina Oleand “NN” and its director Sergei Shustov, parishioners of the Transfiguration Church and other Nizhny Novgorod residents.
Archpriest Eugene Khudin greeted those present. He noted the importance of the event and thanked the initiative group for publishing the book, which contains memories of residents of Nizhny Novgorod settlements who fought for the independence of our country and worked in the rear.
“The book was published with the blessing of Metropolitan George of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas. Its publication was approved by the Publishing Council of the Russian Orthodox Church. Our book is both the tears of mothers and the prayers of fathers, it is an all-Russian feat. Many thanks to all the people who took part in raising money for its publication. If each of us remembers our loved ones, even if they did not fight during the Great Patriotic War, but live now, pray for their health. If your parents have gone to the Lord, remember them. And in this joint prayer for each other, for each other, for each other, you and I become one big family – the community of Nizhny Novgorod and members of the Universal Church of Christ. May the Lord bless each of you for a good life, peace of family relations, reverence for your children and gratitude to your parents. Christ is risen! ” – added the abbot of the Old Pechersk Church.
Ilya Lagutin thanked the NN Transfiguration Foundation for publishing the book: “The events of the Great Patriotic War are fading into the past, and it is our sacred duty not only to preserve this history, but also to pass it on to our descendants. Now we see a lot of situations involving the distortion of history. And our children will be able to learn from the stories of grandparents, parents the story that actually happened. “
In her speech, Olga Kuznetsova, Deputy Director of the Nizhny Novgorod Regional Library, noted that the Books of Memory of the Nizhny Novgorod Region began to be published in 1994. Currently, all libraries in the Nizhny Novgorod region have 19 volumes of these books.
“It was a breakthrough in the 1990s,” she said. – For the first time, people had the opportunity to touch the archival information, learn about the fate of their relatives, countrymen. There was no Internet then, and a lot of people came to the library to get acquainted with these publications. Then the districts began to create their own Books of Remembrance. We hope that this book will be in demand by readers and will encourage the younger generation to study the history of their small homeland, their family. “
Its author-compiler Galina Oleandrova told about the history of the book’s creation. She explained that the book consists of three thematic sections. The first includes brief historical information about the settlements: from their creation to the present day.
“Historical facts were taken from documents stored in the Nizhny Novgorod archive, from local lore literature, from the pages of old newspapers, as well as a survey of residents of Pechersk, Podnovskaya, Koshelevskaya settlements and former Pechersk settlements,” said Galina Oleandrova. – The second section of the book consists of memories of relatives of war veterans and workers of the rear of how they had to live in difficult times – the 30s, 40s, 50s of the twentieth century. This section is about how they forged victory, rebuilt the economy, what life and psychological difficulties they had to overcome. The third section includes a complete list of dead and missing natives and residents of the Pechersk settlement, as well as extracts from the metric books of the Transfiguration Church. This will be useful for those who are interested in the history of their family, their pedigree. In addition, the book provides photos from family albums.
Sergei Shustov, Director of the NN Transfiguration Charitable Foundation, thanked all those who took part in the publication of the book: “This book is designed to revive the interest of the younger generation in the heroic history of our region. Today our pain is the lack of a monument to the inhabitants of the Pechera settlement, to the participants of the Great Patriotic War. We hope to break through the bureaucratic wall and there will be a monument! ”
In his speech, Andrei Petrov thanked for such a large-scale work on the compilation and publication of the Book of Memory and expressed readiness to cooperate in the manufacture and installation of the monument.
During the presentation, the audience was introduced to the film “Slobozhane”. The musical program was performed by the folk song ensemble “Kalinove Grono”. Also during the event, all guests could get acquainted with the exhibition of photographs and memories, which were included in the book “People’s feat of Pechersk Sloboda”.
The book “People’s Feat of Pechersk Sloboda” presents documentary family stories of Slobozhans, whose relatives fought on the battle and labor front of the Great Patriotic War.
The author-compiler of the book Galina Oleandrova and the local historian Olga Degteva spent seven years collecting memories of the inhabitants of Pechersk Sloboda.
The book of Memory is published in hardcover, contains 260 pages with illustrations, photographs, letters from the family archives of the inhabitants of Pechersk Sloboda.
The publication was published thanks to the efforts of volunteers of the Charitable Foundation “Transfiguration – NN” – entrepreneurs, residents of Pechersk Sloboda, parishioners of the church in honor of the Transfiguration (Pechersk Sloboda). The fund was established in 2021 to unite the residents of Pechersk Sloboda to conduct social, educational, historical and cultural projects, promote patriotic, spiritual and moral education of children and youth.
The founders of the foundation and the authors of the book express confidence that the personal stories of Slobozhans will be a source of inspiration for a wide range of readers and remind the public of Nizhny Novgorod of family values and the role of the individual in the history of the Great Patriotic War.
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