Zolotar, 1980s, Western Ukraine

Zolotar, 1980s, Western Ukraine

March 7, 2016

1457279556-a4a1b393b97fa4d3ea68e36b59c43b0fComment photographer Igor Gavrilov:

This is Western Ukraine. 80th, before the restructuring. This is a very cute, beautiful person. Unfortunately, I do not remember his name.

He is gold - that’s where a barrel of shit stands, which he carries. During the war he served in the infantry. And there was a period of such a positional war, when the German trenches on the contrary, on this side, are our trenches, the soldiers are sitting - hot summer, they don’t bring water, they don’t eat either. But water is more important. And at night, the soldiers took turns crawling toward a small, almost dried-up river, which divided the positions of the Germans and the Soviet troops. And it was time for him to crawl - one pot in his teeth, two bowlers on his hands, an automatic.

He creeps up to the river and sees that on the other side, in exactly the same “equipment”, Fritz is crawling. He says, we stopped, between us there are five meters literally, we look into each other's eyes, and I begin to fill the pot, dropping it into the water. German later - his own. Then I have two more of mine. And we crawl backwards from each other. He brought his own water.He says it was scary, somehow not on his own - whether he starts shooting, or if I start shooting. And on this day he made an oath to himself that if he returned home home to the village, he would dig out the houses of the women who had not returned from the war, the wells, so that they always had water in the house. And he did it.

I came to shoot him when he dug the last well. And something has not returned more than 20 people. That is, in his life he has dug over 20 wells with his fellow villagers. And the frame was taken when he went to work somewhere, I also went somewhere with him on this govnovozka, and met a party organizer of a collective farm or something ... And so he presented him with some kind of complaints. Wonderful completely man.

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