For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine


They were kind of like a Russian version of the Swiss Family Robinson. I read about this family nearly 25-years ago and am still amazed. There are any number of lessons that can be learned in their story of survival. In their poverty and isolation they led extremely rich lives and had everything they needed as long as they had each other. The family were Old Believers, a branch of Orthodox Christians who refused to accept church reforms instituted by Peter the Great in the 17th Century. There was severe religious persecution for 70-years in the former Soviet Union, and then there was 1937. Many ex-Soviets still recall the particularly brutal year of 1937 with horror. Who can blame them for running and staying hidden. I think that faith and family is what sustained them. The surviving daughter Agafia is still there in the Siberian taiga, alone, now in her seventies.

Source: Smithsonian.com

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine.

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