By Anatoli Kuznetsov
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The things they got up to here ! ' M y mother was in the other room altering m y overcoat for the winter. She came in and glanced at the paper. 'I don't believe anything any more,' she muttered. 'It's some kind of nightmare. There were no good Tsars. And they are all murderers. ' said Gramp cheerfully. 'Is now and ever shall be, world without end. ' 'No,' said my mother. 'Maybe somewhere in Madagascar, in America or Australia, but not in Russia. ' I started reading the facts about the revival of the Church in the Kholm region and the rapid development of art i n Zhitomir.
To cut a long story short, when Vasili was elected a member of the Kiev City Council, my grandfather decided that he would make a very suitable son-in-law-after all, those city councillors could get everything they wanted for themselves. What a mistake he made! It was in fact one of the most disastrous mistakes that 34 BABI YAR Grandpa made i n his whole life. To his dying day he was never able to forgive his son-in-law for bringing nothing into the home. Even when Gramp went down to the police-station to re-register the housing record he was made to sit and wait in a queue like everybody else to be received by his own son-in-law.
Then came the revolution. It brought them no benefits at all, only more hunger and more fear-and it put an end to all their dreams. Grandpa put no faith in the Bolsheviks' fine words about a heaven on earth in the dim and distant future. He was a very practical man. After that my grandfather worked for many years as a mechanic on the drainage system in Boot and Shoe Factory No. 4. He would crawl around through the drains in his stinking overalls, and he was even injured while working at a machine-you could scarcely be more a member of the working-class than he was.