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From Gromoslavsky Family

02.12.2016

On December 4, 2016, it is the 110th anniversary of the sisters of Mariya Petrovna Sholokhova – Anna Petrovna and Polina Petrovna. During the whole life the sisters were good friends with the family of Mikhail Alexandrovich and Mariya Petrovna, they often visited and corresponded.

The family of Pyotr Yakovlevich and Mariya Fyodorovna Gromoslavsky, who lived in Stanitsa Bukanovskaya, had got three sons and four daughters: Mariya (born in 1901), Lidiya (born in 1902) and the twins – Anna and Polina (born in 1906). The younger girls were healthy, cheerful and lively. They finished seven-year school in Stanitsa Ust-Khopyorskaya. In 1929, they both married: Mariya Petrovna married to Pavel Ivanovich Zaitsev, a land surveyor, and Anna Petrovna married to a school teacher Vladimir Alexandrovich Sholokhov (a namesake of M.A.Sholokhov).

In 1933, both the young families moved to Vyoshenskaya, where their parents and elder sisters with their families lived at that time. There, Anna and Polina studied in the Vyoshensky Teacher’s Training College. On graduating from it Anna worked as teacher and Polina became an accountant.

P.I.Zaitsev, a husband of Polina Petrovna, was a secretary of M.A.Sholokhov from March 1933, to June 1938.

Anna Petrovna worked as teacher and library head in Yelanskaya secondary school of the Vyoshensky District. Her husband V.A.Sholokhov was headmaster of that school.

During the Great Patriotic War, Anna Petrovna, Polina Petrovna and their children were in evacuation together with the writer’s family. After the war, the Zaitsevs family lived in Vyoshenskaya, and the Sholokhovs moved to Novocherkassk, where M.A.Sholokhov, a husband of Anna Petrovna, worked as school headmaster.

P.P.Zaitseva died in 1968 and was buried in the cemetery of Vyoshenskaya, A.P.Sholokhova died in 1979 and was buried in Novocherkassk.

In the collection of the Museum-Reserve of M.A.Sholokhov there are photos telling about warm family relationships of the writer’s family and the families of the sisters of Mariya Petrovna.

Nataliya Kirsanova