During my research on the novel I am currently working on, I had to find out more about the prevalence and modus operandi of Russian orphanages. What kind of institutions existed for children in Russia at the beginning of the previous century? Who took care of children left parentless?
Of course, the easiest way out is to have the fictitious character, the protagonist, go and live with relatives. But my curiosity got the better of me. I discovered this video, which had me nearly in tears…if you look carefully, you can see the little ones crying, even if the intention was not to make them cry. The soundless images carry an impact that one cannot ignore.
How my heart ached for all the lost, lonely children of the world… how I hoped that they all grew up and found the love they deserved. Sadly, many of the boys were shipped off to fight in the wars. Who knows how many thousands and thousands have died fighting the battle of life, unloved, unwanted, unknown.
If anyone reading this would like to provide me with more information on Russian orphanages circa 1905, please contact me! Thanks!