The most important phase of eliminating religion lies in the education of children. —Banner in Museum of the History of Atheism and Religion, Leningrad11
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. —Proverbs 22:6
As told by Lena
MAMA CAREFULLY PULLED my long hair back and pinned it with a white bow almost half the size of my head. At last I was old enough to go to school. For years I’d watched Yakov and Viktor set off, dressed in their school uniforms: dark brown pants, white or blue shirts, envious as if they’d been given a gift I was denied. Now it was finally my turn. Mama and Papa didn’t wholeheartedly share my eagerness, knowing they could no longer shield me completely from the outside world. Mama gripped my hand as she walked me to school on the first day. September 1st was a holiday in Soviet schools, celebrating the beginning of another year. Mama’s expression as we walked along the dirt road looked more like she was escorting me to a battle. Which, of course, she was.
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