Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Odessa catacombs formed at the place of a quarry. The city was growing very fast and they needed a lot of shell rock (it’s the main construction material in Odessa). The length of the catacombs is 3000 km!

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

“Undying glory to the heroes fallen in the battles for freedom and independance of our motherland”.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

“In 1941-42 here, in the catacombs of Nerubaiskoye village, was an undergroud camp was a partisan unit under the command of a chekist, hero of the Soviet Union, Molodtsov-Badaev who successfully acted in the enemy’s rear”.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

This hole resembles a fist which is rather symbolic in view of the role of these catacombs and its defenders in the times of WWII.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Life of the defenders was arranged rather well in the catacombs. This is, for instance, the grindstone for making flour.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

The breadmaker was made from a barrel working on kerosene. Flour is in the box.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

“Blood for blood, death for death” – the main motto of partisans.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

They rested on such a couch. Six persons could lie on it. Dry grass made it softer.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Temperature and humidity in the catacombs were permanent all year around respectively.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Headquarters for meetings and making propaganda leaflets. Here they could also listen to music and play chess.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Gramophone.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

“The Soviet Republic is surrounded by the enemy. It must be a unified military camp not only in word. Work of all institutes must be adapted to war and militarized. July 3rd, 1919. V. I. Lenin.”

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

“From now and on all Soviet peoples have to kill all Germans who came to the territory of our motherland as occupiers. Death to all German occupiers! I. Stalin.”

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Defeat of the nazi German troops under Moscow, 1941-42.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

The main sources of light were kerosene lamps and candles.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Portable radio transmitter.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Room of a radio-operator.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

In the arms room.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

“Hammer the enemy for sure!”

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Molotov cocktails, mines and the board with nails to stop vehicles.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Saws for processing shell rock blocks (the main construction material of the catacombs).

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

The room for shooting skills training.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

This barricade was intended for destroying the enemy in the corridors of catacombs.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

The humidity in the catacombs was permanently equal to 98% so they dried linen in three stages:

1. Around the barrel heated by kerosene lamps.

2. Ironing.

3. Being still wet clothes were dried on bodies of people.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Coal iron.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

This well was used to give messages to partisans. From above it looks like an ordinary well for water.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Partisan bas-reliefs are carved on the walls of the catacombs.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

In the middle is the face of Garkusha who was 72 then.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

The same person.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Grieving mother.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

This room was used for schooling: abacus, blackboard and kerosene lamp shaped as a bat.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

“Desks” for pupils.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Hospital for the injured.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Medical equipment.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Hitler meeting guests.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

This coal pictures were made by a Slovak who joined Soviet people – Gustav Bezak.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

“Daddy, kill the German man!”

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

“Holy blood of the Crimean heroes and the heroes of Odessa calls to victory! Go!”

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

“Join citizens-in-arms!”

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

There is a museum of partisan glory in the catacombs.

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

Life In Catacombs: How Was It Like?

“You exploded dark catacombs and black nights of Odessa with your hearts!”

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