Anna Kozlov had only been a newlywed for three days when she
bid her husband Boris adieu. He was off to fight in the Red
Army and she would await his return—or so they thought.
During Boris’s time away from home, Stalin exiled Anna and her
family to Siberia, and Anna couldn’t even leave word for her
husband. Boris spent years looking for her . The two shared a
hometown, but Anna was barred from visiting it, so the two
completely lost contact.
Anna was so distraught that she seriously contemplated
suicide. Her mother then destroyed all mementos of Boris and
Anna’s life together, including wedding photographs and
letters. She eventually remarried. Boris, unbeknownst to her,
did the same.
Years passed, and both lost their spouses. And then, 60 years
after Boris and Anna had said “I do,” something miraculous
happened. Anna at last managed to visit their shared hometown
of Borovlyanka when she saw an elderly man in the distance. It
was Boris. He’d come to the village to pay his respects at his
parents’ burial site, and when he noticed Anna, he ran up to her.
In true fairytale fashion, they had a second wedding and lived
happily ever after.
Photo credit: Siberian Times