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Anna Ivanovna Grosschopff

Russian: Анна Гроссчоп
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Death: Died in Kazan, Russia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Johann Gottlieb Grosschopff and Anna Beata Östedt
Wife of Srul Moishevich Blank
Mother of Dmitry Aleksandrovich Blank; Lyubov Alexandrovna Blank; Ekaterina Alexandrovna Blank; Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanov; Sophia Alexandrovna Blank and 1 other
Sister of Catherine von Essen; Karl Ivanovich Grosshopff and Gustav Ivanovich Grosshopff

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About Anna Ivanovna Grosschopff

Grosschopff, Anna Ivanovna

  • * c.1799
  • oo c. 1828
  • † c.1838

"Alexander Blank had the theory that it was very beneficial for women to have many children, but Anna Grosschopf gave up the ghost after her fifth. She had one son and four daughters, her third daughter Mariya being Lenin’s future mother. The son, Dmitry, for a time studied in the faculty of law at Kazan University, but committed suicide in 1850 at the age of nineteen. It fell to Anna Grosschopf ’s widowed sister Ekaterina von Essen to bring up the girls. She gave them an education which went well beyond that which daughters of the nobility traditionally received. She taught them German, French and English besides giving them piano lessons. The seriousness with which these studies were undertaken is indicated by the fact that in 1863 Mariya Blank was able to pass the examinations which qualified her as a teacher of Russian, French and German." (White 2001: 16)



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  • White, James D. Lenin: The Practice and Theory of Revolution (European History in Perspective). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2001. ISBN 0333721578
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Anna Ivanovna Grosschopff's Timeline

Saint Petersburg, Russia
September 9, 1830
Age 31
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February 22, 1835
Age 36
Saint Petersburg, gorod Sankt-Peterburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Age 37
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Kazan, Russia