May 01, 2018

Living 100 Russian Years



Living 100 Russian Years
Galina Grebneva Mikhail Mordasov

This article is an excerpt from RESILIENCE: Life Stories of Centenarians Born in the Year of Revolution, published by Russian Life Books in March 2018 (with a companion movie released in November 2018). The book compiles 22 biographies (and over 150 photos), to recount the remarkable lives of individuals born in the year 1917.

As much as possible, the project sought to have the subjects tell their stories directly, in their own words. Galina Grebneva’s words are shown in italics.

Galina Grebneva (born Kortova) is a diminutive woman with straight hair cut just below her chin line. Completely blind and with slightly diminished hearing, she is a profoundly tender soul. She smiles and laughs when complimented on how nice she looks in a special yellow dress. It is the same one she wore 60 years ago to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.


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