Learn Russian – Story 7 – The Unnoticeable Heroine
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In this Story, number 7 of 15, you will listen to the touching story about the fate of a remarkable woman.
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Stories in Russian Language – Story 7 (of 15) – The Unnoticeable Heroine
You probably know that Russia recently marked the 65-years commemoration of the victory over fascistic Germany.
I am sure that you have also seen documentary and artistic films about the war and the sufferings of people during that time.
This story is about one ordinary woman’s extraordinary destiny.
It starts many years ago, in 1936, when a boy was born into a family where both his young parents still were students at the University of Leningrad.
The young father became mathematician and the mother, teacher of Russian language and literature.
They both was sent for work to Kursk, the city of Heroes. There they were, alone with a one year old child in an, for them, alien city. The main question was – where to leave their sun while they were at work.
A neighbor told them about a village, not far from Kursk, where almost everyone had died from typhus. One woman was strong enough to survive. She had nothing or no one left in her life and she could neither read nor write. And she spoke with a heavy village accent.
And so it happened that the young couple (their names were Fedor and Olga) brought the woman to the small room in Kursk that was assigned to the young specialists.
I this way the unfortunate village woman, with name Maria became the nanny to the small child, Yura. When he started to talk, Yura’s first three words were: “Mama”, “Papa” and … “baba Manya”. After that, everyone started to call Maria, “baba Manya”.
The careers of Fedor and Olga developed successfully and Fedor became a member of the local Government in Kursk. In 1939, the couples’ second son, Stanislav, was born.
How baba Manya loved those two boys! Like they were her own. Manya had no passport or any other documents and didn’t even know the date of her birth. All she knew was her age – 35.
Step by step, Maria became the Commander in the home of the young family. Everyone were very happy. At least until the 22nd of June 1941 when, in the morning, the radio announced: “Today, at 4 o’clock, fascist Germany attacked the Soviet Union”. And so started the “Great Patriotic War”, which was to last in exactly 1418 days and which should make millions of young people die in their fight against fascism.
This story is about to remember the role this simple woman came to play in the war. In fact, it was only thanks to her the small boys Yura and Slava managed to survive the horrors of that difficult period.
As the fighting came closer to Kursk, women and children were evacuated. Although life was not easy, Olga continued to teach while “baba Manya” took care of the children.
The last pieces of redundant clothes were exchanged towards food at the market and together with the boys, Maria grew potatoes and vegetables on a small field outside the city were they stayed.
Often baba Manya gave all food there were to the family, which by now had become like her own, while she herself was starving.
In this way, four years passed.
The war finished and Fedor, wounded from the fighting in Kursk, was reunited with his family. They were moved to Moscow, where Fedor got a high position in the Ministry of Education and where they were assigned a nice flat, in which Maria once again took command of the housekeeping.
As the years went by, small Yura grew up and got married. When his and his wife’s son, Pavel, was born, Maria loved and took care of him too, just like she had with his father and uncle, maybe even more.
Pavel also loved his “baba Manya”. He taught her how to tell the time (she was very proud of that!) and called her “my beauty” (even if, by now, Maria was full of wrinkles and far from beautiful).
Baba Manya had since long became like a part of the family and she stayed with them all the time until her death at the age of more than 90 years old.
All the family participated in her funeral and followed her to her grave close to those of Fedor and Olga.
In this way ends the story of a real Heroine. A simple woman, who dedicated, and got a purpose in, her life by saving the young family during the hard times of the war.
Maybe thousands of other children were saved in the same way by similar “unnoticeable Heroines”.
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Here are some examples of Grammatik in this story:
… глаголы, близкие по звучанию, но разные по смыслу
… Фёдор оставался в Курске
… баба Маня не могла оставит Ольгу
оставаться – остаться где? to stay
оставлять – оставить кого? to leave
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