1947 in Iran ~ the Shvetzov and Katkov Families

For my Show and Tell Friday I’d like to share this old family photo. We do not have many photographs with my maternal Grandfather. I love the photos that we do have of him. God blessed these families with a way out of Iran to the United States and blessed them with faith in Him that has sustained them over the years. My little babushka (grandma) as we lovingly called her was a prayer warrior for our family and her friends. I look forward to being reunited with her and meeting my maternal grandfather for the first time in heaven…


My mother was a Shvetzov before she married my father. Her brother Paul married Nina Katkov. This is part of the Katkov family and part of the Shvetzov family after my parents had already immigrated to the U.S.A. The Katkov’s and Shvetzov’s spent much time together at many meaningful events through the years in Iran and in the Los Angeles Area in the U.S.

In the front row you have Vera (Katkov), Nicolai Katkov the Patriarch, Manya Katkov the Matriarch, My maternal grandmother Vera (Shergaev) Shvetzov and my Grandfather Feodor Shvetzov, Zena (Katkov). My cousin Alex Shvetzov at my grandparents side.

Top Row: Vasilli Katkov married Zena, she’s holding their oldest daughter Tamara, Nicolai Katkov, Lida (Katkov) Titov, Alexsei Katkov, my Aunt Nina (Katkov) Shvetzov and my Uncle Paul Shvetzov.

Everyone in this photo eventually immigrated to the U.S. from Iran except for my grandfather who was stabbed and killed in Iran. He was a Baptist minister in Iran. My Babushka immigrated as a widow and lived with my aunt and uncle for many years until she got her own apartment a couple buildings away from the Russian Baptist Church in L.A. A few of the other widowed Babushka’s also lived in this same apartment building including Manya Katkov who lived right next door to my Babushka. My family started attending this church when we left the Russian Molokan Church. Only 4 of the people photographed here are still alive. My Babushka’s last days were spent in my parent’s home.

For more Show and Tell head over to Kelli’s.

About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

24 thoughts on “1947 in Iran ~ the Shvetzov and Katkov Families

  1. hi ellen. thanks for dropping by my site. it’s so true. we need all the support we need in traveling our life’s journey, especially support coming from godly men and women.

    wishing you all the best this coming new year. God bless!

  2. Dear Ellen,

    Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful family picture with us and for telling us the story that goes with it. I am really impressed with this story, you not only know all the names of your loved ones, you even treasure their memories! And they all emigrated to the US and were finally reunited at the same area!

    I wish I knew the story of all my ancestors, too! (Well, they were all German, stayed in Germany and all my family still live in Germany).

    Have a great Friday with lots of interesting Show and Tell’s!

    Best wishes, Anita

  3. I love this kinda thing!!! I have a wall of old family photos —and in fact, I shared our two kids’ “Growth Chart in Photos” today for Show N Tell.

    Have a great New Year’s Day Ellen!!!

  4. Good Morning Ellen,
    “THANKS” for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your visit. You are more than welcome there anytime. I love your Show & Tell Friday picture of your Family. That is an heirloom for sure. I think my Parents has some old pictures of their Families. I enjoyed reading about your Family as well. Family is a big part of my life. Take care my friend and have a great Friday. May God Bless You and Yours.

    Karen h.

  5. I love your picture.. and I love the details you shared about the different people. We can learn so much from the older people in our lives… oh, how I wish I could go back and spend some time with my grandmothers!

  6. I enjoyed reading your post so much..especially hearing that your Grandfather was a baptist minister in Iran…how interesting!Thanks for stopping by and Blessings for the new year!

  7. “Stabbed and killed in Iran”! *gasp* I think my heart stopped when I read that. Was he killed because he was a Baptist minister? How sad for the family, especially your grandmother, to leave without him! That is a really bitter sweet story. I am glad he passed on the faith to your family and they were able to leave Iran for America. But it is soooo sad he didn’t get to go with them. I think I want to meet him one day too.

    Hi Miss M., My grandfather came upon a fight in progress and one of the people fighting thought he was there to help the other so he stabbed him in the shoulder….

  8. How wonderful to read of God’s provision of your family. Was your Grandfather murdered because of his faith – or just random act of violence? My husband is a Baptist Pastor – and your story touched my heart. Such wonderful freedom we have here in America.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Hi Martie, It was more of a random act. He came upon a fight in progress and was stabbed in the shoulder. Blessings on you and yours…

  9. Thank you for your comment on my S&T, we’ve been out of town and I’m just now doing my commenting! Your S&T is very interesting, I love old family photos, especially when there’s stories to go with them!

    Happy New Year!

    Yellow Rose Arbor

  10. I just happened on this picture–it’s one of my favorites! In fact, I think my mom has the original. I have such wonderful memories of visiting your Babushka Vera every time I would visit my Babushka Manya. I called her Babushka as well. Their friendship was something else. My mom still recalls your grandfather’s stabbing in Iran and the impact on the family vividly. Sadly, there are now only 3 people still living in this photo (my mom Vera, aunt Zena, and my cousin Tamara). What a fun blog post! Thanks for sharing…way back in 2007.
    –Paul Kushnerov

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