© Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba (Last updated March 31, 2003)
Retrieval numbers: Volume 5014:1
Title: Olga Martynowa
Extent: 1 folder of textual records
Repository: Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives
Olga Martynowa (1916-) was born Olga Thiessen to Dr. Isaac
Thiessen and Katharina Wallman. Olga was born in the Mennonite colony of
Chortitza. The home where she lived was burned down during the Russian
revolution so the family moved to the Bethania Mental Hospital where her
father worked. In 1927 they were forced to flee the facility due to flooding.
The family settled in a house in Chortitza where her father soon become
employed in a hospital. In 1933 he and was arrested and the family moved to
Alma Ata close to where Isaac was serving his sentence. After he was released
the family moved to Tashkent where Olga got a job working as a chemist. Here
she married a Russian engineer. In 1945 she began work in the Moscow Energy
school. Here she met her future second husband who she married in 1946 and
they together had two children, one of them named Natasha. She continued her
work and studied to become a chemical engineer. She is fluent in Russian and
German and knows some English. She began to attend international conference
related to atomic energy in 1969 in Pittsburg.
Scope and content note
This fonds consists of a short autobiography of Olga
Adjunct descriptive data
No finding aid
Olga Martynowa gave a copy to her cousin Inge Seel of Germany, who
mailed it to the Mennonite Heritage Centre.
Described by Conrad Stoesz June 14, 2002.
Restrictions on access
No restrictions on access
Accession number: 2001-128.