|Story Of The Russian Child Diarist - Tanya Savicheva by Gistreal(m): Mon 25, April, 2022|
One of the most emotional stories of the misery and suffering caused during WWII
Tanya's family died one after the other right before her eyes and she bravely recorded everything in her diary.
Tanya's first entry in her diary is the death of her elder sister, Zhenya, who died of severe malnutrition. During the siege of Leningrad, food was mercilessly rationed. It is estimated that 100,000 people died of starvation per month.
In her diary Tanya wrote: "Zhenya died on December 28th at 12 noon, 1941."
A month later, and two days after Tanya's twelfth birthday, her grandmother, Yevdokiya Grigorievna, died of heart failure. The hospitals were already overburdened so they couldn't save her life.
In her diary Tanya wrote: "Grandma died on the 25th of January at 3 o'clock, 1942."
Next came the death of her brother, Leka. Leka died due to excessive work without rest. He was a ship engineer and the services of ship engineers were highly needed during the war.
Of his death Tanya wrote: "Leka died March 17th, 1942, at 5 o'clock in the morning, 1942."
Next came the death of her uncle who died of malnutrition. She wrote:
"Uncle Vasya died on April 13th at 2 o'clock in the morning, 1942."
The death of her eldest uncle Lesha followed in May at the age of 71. He also died of malnutrition.
Finally, Tanya's mother died on the morning of May 13, 1942. In recording the death of her mum, she made grammatical errors and missed the word 'died'.
She wrote: "Mama on May 13th at 7:30 in the morning, 1942."
After recording the death of everyone in her family, she ended her diary with the following tear-jerking words:
"The Savichevas are dead."
"Everyone is dead."
"Only Tanya is left."
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