Mixed Kolkhoz Orphanage of the Kolomenskii Region

Address: Village of Negomozh, Moscow region

Contemporary view of Negomozh. Photograph: sob.ru

Contemporary view of Negomozh. Photograph: sob.ru

The kolkhoz orphanage was established in 1944 in a former maternity ward. According to kolkhoz orphanages’ inspection documents from 1944, the orphanage was an unsuitable environment for children. The temperature in the orphanage was always low and the roof leaked. In the springtime, the orphanage's territory flooded so much that the main building could be reached only by rowboat. There was not enough furniture, especially beds, and children often slept on the floor. In 1944-45, the orphanage was supposed to be relocated to better facilities, but it remains unclear whether this move actually occurred.

Daria Durneva, Anna Margolis