FATE OF SANCT-PETERBOURG FAMILY TARASENKO
2 representatives of the kin Tarasenko are known in Sct.-Peterbourg: Gregory, F8, and his brother Basily. Both were late new-comers of the end of the 19th c., when a wave of migrants from Belarus and Ukraine flooded industrialised town. Almost nothing is known about Basily, but Gregory underwent traditional westernisation and entered the middle-class of true Peterbourgians. At the same time the 3rd brother Ivan Tarasenko, F9, with his wife Eugenia, G1, settled in Moscow (at the boundary of twenties/ thirties they dwelled in Ostankino and were visited by their niece H8). There was also the 4th brother Michael (H8, when recollecting the year 1935, mentioned her uncles who left her alone after the death of her father F8; this allows to presume Michael also dwelling in Peterbourg at that time) and sister Alexandra, G2, married to a Russian Alexy Stulov, whose daughter Victorine, N7, in marriage - Pomerantsev, was a cousin and a close friend of H8.All mentioned Tarasenko were children of Georgy and Euphrosine Tarasenko from a Kazak-militia frontier settlement Krasnoselovka in the district of Boguchary in the South of Voronezh Government province. Georgy with all probability was not the first generation Ukrainian in Russia, therefore it is not clear whether he spoke Ukrainian. His wife was a pure Ukrainian, a recent new-comer from Ukrain. At the end of the 19th c. they possessed a big house with garden in the town of Elets. The house exists up today, it has been nationalised after 1917 but its future is not clear.
Gregory Tarasenko (1874-1935), F8, was a high-class viola player, artist of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1897 he married a Peterbourgian Marie Klosse, F7, with whom he had 3 children: Anatole (1898), N2, Eugene (1900), N3, and Tatiana (1910), H8.
Marie Tarasenko with daughter Tania. Postcard of 1912 to her brother Constantin Klosse in Novgorod.
Tania with father.
In official documents of the
Czarist epoch the family name was written in a Russified manner Tarasenkov,
although he himself has signed up on his photo of 24 March, 1897, as Tarasenko.
These were only children of F8, who restored the Ukrainian form Tarasenko
after 1917. F8 preserved the Russianised form of his name up to his death.
The addresses of F8 family in Sct.-Peterbourg were: 1899 - 63, Nevsky str.
(then B4 dwelled in the same house, but her son also dwelled there in 1900), 1900
- 27, Kolomenskaya str., 1907 - 12, Dvoryanskaya str., 1908
- 21, Karpovka, 1909 - 3, Plutalova str., 1910
- 7, Malaya Dvoryanskaya str., 1911 - 51, Kronverksky
by-str., 1912, 1913 - 7, Alexandrovsky ave., 1923 -
4, Sofia Perovskaya's str. (Malaya Konyushennaya). This was 1923,
when Basily Tarasenko(v) dwelled on 3, Usachev's by-str.
Striving to overcome tuberculosis, in later years F8 spent summers in the South, in Pyatigorsk, Kislovodsk, Anapa. Nevertheless, the disease developed, in the last years F8 coughed up blood. He worked almost up to the end.
Gregory Tarasenko in 1935.
F8 died on 20 March, 1935.
Although F8 himself underwent westernisation and entered elitar layers of Peterbourgians, his and his brother Basily's coming to Sct.-Peterbourg conformed with a newer epoch of industrialisation with its flow of thousands of new inhabitants from Belarus and Ukraine at the last quarter of the 19th c. Contrarily to earlier Russian workers, who were temporary and season, new invadors consolidated not only as a worker class but also penetrated into the middle class, which was unable to westernise such number of new-comers. Contemporarily, Alexander III's policy sensitively and precisely responded to this and turned away from the West toward the slavophil ideology, which was suicidal not only for Sct.-Peterbourg but for the Gottorps' Dynasty themselves. Similar mistake was done by such people as F7, D5 and K6 too. The retreat of the Western Metropolis began which naturally ended after 1917 in its defeat and transforming its Empire back into Moscow Russia of the pre-Peter epoch.
Thus the kin of Tarasenko appeared on the boundary of this ethno-cultural break as an illustration of it. F8 still became Peterbourgian, but his sons did not inherit Peterbourg tradition. Anatolis, N2, could not inherit it already because of his social state which had been determined by his invalidity. This was Laura Klosse, B4, who, as if compensating her rejection of the illegitimate children of her son Constantin, F2, demonstrated her love to her daughter Marie's children. Her postcard has been preserved, a kind of German ideal dream, which she had sent to her small grandson Anatole, N2. An idyll is depicted on it: a pair of beautiful lovers at Christmas fair on the background of a Gothic church. As for Anatole himself, a postcard, sent by him to his Helsinki cousin Stania (Constance Klosse, M6) has been preserved. Alas, the life of Anatole was a contrast to his grandmother's idyll: without any sweetheart on the background of dirty Bolshevik Russia.
Anatole died before
World War II.
Already before the war he left for Moscow where his uncle Ivan Tarasenko, F9, brother of F8, had settled:
In Moscow N3 first married a Jewish woman, then a common Russian one Maria, N4. He had a daughter Zinaida, U2, of the first marriage (Stepnova to her husband's name, she died in 2001).
Eugene and Maria Tarasenko. 1931.
He had daughters Svetlana, U3 (Zakharova in marriage) and Lyudmila, U5, of his second marriage.
Svetlana and Lyudmila Tarasenko. 1939.
N3 was a very pessimistic and disappointed person. He used to say: Sudba igraet chelovekom, chelovek igraet na trube ("The fate plays with the man, the man plays the fife"). He stayed several years in Dresden in Soviet occupation army after the war and ended his career as a sergeant, ill with the alcoholism.
Eugene Tarasenko. 1960.
He died in Moscow in 1972. Hymn of the U.S.S.R. was performed at his burial by a brass band of his military friends pensioners. Such was the final result of Marie Klosse's, F7, conversion into Orthodoxy (see Klosse).