Nina Breshko-Breshkovskaya

Nina Breshko-Breshkovskaya, a younger sister of Raissa Kogevin, was born on March 28, 1897 into the family of Staff-captain of the Second Finland Rifle Rgt. Vasily Breshko-Breshkovsky, a remote relative of the “grandmother of the Russian Revolution” Ekaterina Breshko-Breshkovskaya. Upon graduation of the Smolny Institute for Noble Girls in Petrograd (famous as the “cradle of the Bolshevik Revolution”) she worked as a teacher. In the early 1920s, Nina, Raissa and her husband Eugene left the hunger-stricken Petrograd for Kiev. Until retirement Nina worked as a city telegraph operator. Her skills helped her live through the Nazi occupation of Kiev. After Mirik’s return from the front she lived with him in the same apartment until his death in 1973. Nina died in 1974, having outlived her nephew by just one year. Both are buried at Berkovetskoe Cemetery in Kiev.

 

Nina Breshko-Breshkovskaya's diary, 1916-1919 (in Russian).