The belltower at Dalnie Pechery and Onufriy’s Church in Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra. June 22, 1943.
Consignment store at Lvovskaya Street, 12. 1942.
Italian boot. 1943.
Goga and Viktor Chernovol watch a flirtatious couple on Dnieper banks: a German and local woman.
Beach in Kiev. 1943.
Germans round up men in streets for fortifications work in Kiev suburbs. August 1943.
Drunk German motorcyclists.
German regiment marches past the Opera Theater. September 1943.
Soviet Il-4 bombers drop flares and incendiary bombs on Hungarian barracks in Solomenka Street. 1943.
Kievans leave the “battle zone” demarcated by Dmitrovskaya Street. Goga is carrying a suitcase on his back, a small sack and two Singer sewing machines – his mother’s and Aunt Vera’s. September 26, 1943.
(As the Soviet Army approached Kiev, the German authorities ordered every civilian to move out of a designated “battle zone” in the city. – S.K.)
Goga reading an underground resistance leaflet in the boiler room of an orphanage in Kerosinnaya Street. Late September 1943.
Goga and Alvin Moroz (the yardman’s son) watch Germans evacuating from Kiev. Late September 1943.
Soviet bombs falling near our train in Vorzel. October 3, 1943.
(Vorzel is a large village west of Kiev. When the Soviet Army came close to the city, the German authorities ordered Kievans under the threat of death to report to the railway station for deportation. – S.K.)
Vorzel. The station commandant. October 1943.
Goga with Dima at his side reads a Soviet leaflet addressed to Germans. Vorzel, October 3, 1943.
Vorzel. The orphanage and we in front of it. October 1943.
Goga – a yardman’s helper. Vorzel, October 1943.
Goga helps Moroz the yardman pull the cart. Vorzel, October 1943.
Austrians from the Edelweiss division in Vorzel. October 1943.
We – tenants of Fedor Mikhaylovich. October 1943.
Germans billeted at Fedor Mikhaylovich’s home. October 1943.
Goga heading to dig potatoes. October 1943.
A German with a dog demands Goga’s papers. October 1943.
Goga watches a Ju-87 attack the Soviet positions. Vorzel, early November 1943.
Gefreiter Franke pays Goga for pictures of girls. Vorzel.
Goga rushes to lock the house as Germans prepare for the battle.
MIlitary HQs staff preparing to flee. Vorzel.
Germans eating the thin watery soup from the orphanage in the kitchen. Vorzel.
Germans retreat into the woods – for good.
Goga greets the liberators. November 6, 1943.
At an army hospital: “Twenty-two years old, Moscow time.”
Fedor Mikhaylovich Mikhalchenko treats the liberators. Nearby – Goga and Dima. November 6, 1943.
Artillerymen shell the village of Mikhaylovka-Rubezhovka.
Mom and Goga watch a German tank burn.
New kind of garbage…
(The can label on the left reads in Russian “Stewed Pork”. One of the cigarette packs reads “Katyusha” in Russian and the other – “Camel” in English. – S.K.)
Goga before the first Soviet poster.
(In the poster, the cracked German sign reads “To East”, and the Russian text at the bottom reads “To West!”)
“Studebaker” moves through the street swamp.
An encounter with German prisoners.
Goga looks at a German armored half-track.
Goga hikes to liberated Kiev.
Temporary bridge made from railway ties.
Hitchhiking to Kiev on a steam engine.
Hitchhiking on a train near Belichi.
Hitchhiking on a GMC truck.
At the Bucha station – abandoned German artillery guns.
Mama, Nina and Goga hike from Vorzel to Kiev. November 1943.
Passing the clubhouse of the “Bolshevik” factory in Brest-Litovskaya Road.
German air raid on Kiev-Passenger railway station.
Dropping by home for a minute.
(The scribbles on the left wall read: Masha! Vasya is alive. Zina. We are in Fastov at Vera’s. Petrenko B. is in Boyarka. Zoya. Dad! We with Mom and Serezhka are at Aunt Klava’s. Ivanenko Petro and Sasha are in Vorzel. Dyadya Tolya, we are in Bucha with Mom and Aunt Natasha at Grandpa’s. Vitya.- S.K.)
Mama, Goga and Dima in Pavlovskaya Street during a German air raid.
Goga hikes from Vorzel to Kiev. November 1943.
Attack on a road.
Army traffic controller and commandant patrol.
Meeting with Dad.
Goga and Yura travel from Vinnitsa to Nemirov. On the both sides of the road – remnants of fierce battles.
Goga sketching in Nemirov.
A wrecked German carrier. Drawing made in 1944.
“I’m warm in the cold dugout from your unwavering love!”
(The verse is from a popular WWII Russian song, “Zemlyanka” – “Dugout” – S.K.)
On a frontline road.
May 9, 1945 in Sofiyskaya Square.
Dad travels to Vorzel, standing on a bridge connecting train cars.
Goga and Rostik at the exhibition of captured weapons and other items in Pushkinskiy Park.
Goga in the turret of a T-IV tank.
Goga walks from Vorzel to Kiev through the village of Mostische.
Goga and Rostik snacking.
Goga and Rostik at a graveyard of planes in Svyatoshino. The hatch on the left is from FW 109.
Goga’s makeshift handguns. 1943.
(On the left, the text in the diamond reads “GEYS”, next to the diamond – “My brand of weapons, 1939-1941”. On the right, the Russian text reads: 1. The last makeshift gun, 1941. 2. A makeshift gun 1941 “Thundering”. 3. The first makeshift gun /1939/. All the three samples are made by me.
German types in the streets of occupied Kiev. Watercolor, 1944
Top, left to right: Stadtskommissariat, Feldgendarmerie, SS, Panzer man, Luftwaffe pilot. Bottom, left to right: infantryman, policeman, railway worker, sailor.
Private cafe. December 1941. Watercolor, ink, pen (1955)
(The trident and yellow/blue colors were the nationalist symbols of Ukraine. A cafe owner, in support of Ukrainian nationalism, changes the name of the cafe from Mariya to Mriya (“Dream” in Ukrainian). – S.K.)
Germans have pleasant news: Moscow will fall soon. Watercolor, ink, pen. (1956).
A German pilot, Hungarian unter-officer and Kiev women. 1943.
Goga hides under a bed from Germans. Vorzel, November 1943.
University of Kiev burning. November 6, 1943. Schoolwork, watercolor (1945).
German tanks T-VI and T-IV at the exhibition of captured weapons. Watercolor (1945).