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Eleanor Dupuy from Austria: Finding my father’s family became the meaning of my life – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 13, 2024 Time: 17:57:54

This is the moving story of Austrian Eleanor Dupuy, who has spent almost three decades searching for her father, a Red Army soldier who liberated Austria in 1945.

The love of Eleonora’s mother, Stefani Novi, and Mikhail (either Gromov or Grossman; Stefani did not know Russian and could not accurately reproduce the surname) from Kalinin-Tver began in the town of St. Pölten in Lower Austria. Lilacs, cherry blossoms and two hearts that suffered during the war years.

The search for his father or his relatives was full of almost detective details, with visits to archives and genetic tests. Many Russians helped her, starting with famous archivists.

“We met Eleanor by chance. She left me a thin notebook where she told her story. I started reading and couldn’t stop, it was very interesting,” says Igor Permyakov, who at the beginning of these events served as director of the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense at the presentation of the film RF.

Very busy people, the director of the archive and his deputy Natalya Emelyanova, felt sympathy for the Austrian woman, who longed for her second homeland. The archivists did a lot of searching through their bins, following the algorithm: Austria, 1945, 4th Guards Army, officer (Eleanor’s father moved freely around the city, so he was able to meet her mother) probably served in the rear units (he brought food to his beloved).

“We presented the cases to all the agents and found the right person,” says Igor Permyakov.

Eleanor met her supposed nephew, they took a DNA test and… unfortunately, their relationship was not confirmed. Then there were several more such tests, she met many Russians in Bereznyaki, Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow …

“In many cities in Russia I made friends who could have been relatives, but weren’t,” Eleanor Dupuis says sadly before the film’s screening. “Lately, finding my father’s family has become the meaning of my life. “I wasn’t interested in the world around me, I was only interested in Russia.”

Long years of searching led the Austrian citizen to an almost philosophical view of her life: her father is all of Russia, this is the air of Tver, where she was supposedly born, and the water of the Volga, in which Leonor immerses herself. each visit. “My father shows himself to me through his love for his new homeland.”

The girl discovered that she was half-Russian when she was already 10 years old. She thus transmits today the story of her mother at that time:

“Listen, it was like this: at the beginning of the summer of 1945, I, as always, was in the garden. And then two Russian soldiers appeared at the garden fence and asked for water and fruit. Ernie was then eight years old. She stood nearby and he thought he should protect me. But both soldiers were very kind and your sister stopped being afraid for me. They drank water, took some fruit and left. The next day one of the soldiers came back and brought bread. “There was a terrible shortage of bread then. There was need everywhere and it was difficult to get anything edible. Our Russian soldier was called Mikhail and he spoke a little German. He offered to help me in the garden. He brought me food. with him as much as he could. He was a good man, and that’s how you showed up…”

The film, made by the Pleiada television company, is about how important it is for a person to know his roots, how to love his father, whom he never met, and love Russia, his homeland, which also becomes his homeland. . .

In her interview with RG, Eleanor emphasized how important it is to remember the 18 thousand Soviet soldiers who died for the liberation of Austria: “On May 9, we will definitely visit Schwarzenbergplatz in Vienna, where the monument to the Soviet soldier is located. For me, this is a monument to victory and peace. The soldier on “The pedestal stands calm and upright, holding the flag proudly and high. Today, few understand the true historical significance of this monument. Time has passed and taken away the memories.”

The Austrian calls herself “daughter of liberation.” Only in 1955, when the last Soviet soldiers left Austria, did my mother tell him the truth.

Eleanor’s mother had her own scores to settle with the Nazis: she once refused to raise her hand in a fascist salute, was fired, and remained without a regular income until the end of the war. She had lost so many loved ones that she was glad to have new hope. It is easy to understand why she trusted and fell in love with the Russian soldier. She didn’t care about her prejudices or gossip.

However, much more water has passed under the bridge as the Austrian daughter of Russian Mikhail began to search for her roots. For more than 50 years, the so-called “children of the occupation” were not talked about openly. But in 1996, a BBC radio program about the Liberation Children association was broadcast. “Children of liberation, not of occupation! It sounded like music to me. It talked about the organization of the descendants of British, American and Dutch soldiers. Many families were reunited through this organization,” says Frau Dupuy. She turned to the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the study of the consequences of the wars in the city of Graz, which was associated with Russian historians. And in 2002 I went to Russia for the first time.

We found our relatives on the Russian father’s side.

Eleanor Dupuy: Austrian Reinhard Heninger found his half-siblings with the help of the RUF (Austrian radio and television company), the Military Research Institute and Russian television. Another friend of mine was found by his mother, who from a very young age was taken to forced labor in Austria.

Another lucky person did not conduct any independent search. Some friends told his story during a trip to Ukraine, everything came together like a puzzle until they found his father’s family. The fifth member of our small company is a woman who lived with her Russian father and her Austrian mother until she was two years old and she always knew that he was from Moscow.

There is a touching story of the Austrian Hanni, who was very close to success. But DNA analysis showed that she and her alleged sisters are not related. But despite this, Hanni invited the granddaughter of the man she considered her father to Austria so she could visit her grandfather’s grave.

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Hansen Taylor
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