(OBITUARY) — ALEKSANDR ALEKSEYEVICH ZHAROV

(OBITUARY) — ALEKSANDR ALEKSEYEVICH ZHAROV. (Pravda, Sep. 13. Condensed text:) Soviet literature has suffered a grave loss. Aleksandr Alekseyevich Zharov, eminent Soviet poet, member of the CPSU since 1920 and participant in the Great Patriotic War, has died at the age of 80.

A. A. Zharov was born in 1904 in the village of Semyonovskaya in Mozhaisk District, Moscow Province.

The poet's youth was inseparably linked with the Young Communist League. In 1918 Aleksandr Zharov worked as secretary of one of the first YCL cells, and in 1920 he was elected a delegate to the Third All-Russian YCL Congress at which V. I. Lenin delivered a historic speech.

The poet entered young Soviet literature with passionate, inspiring verses that glorified the Revolution and the people's labor achievements. A. A. Zharov's lyrical poem "Accordion" [Garmon] has assumed a worthy place in Soviet poetry.

A member of the USSR Writers' Union since 1934 and a delegate to the First All-Union Soviet Writers' Congress, A. A. Zharov was always in the forefront of socialist construction. Many generations of Soviet Young Pioneers have sung and still sing with inspiration his famous song "Burn Bright With Campfires, Blue Nights."

A. A. Zharov's poems, his songs such as "The Secret Stone" [Zavetny kamen] and his letters from the naval units in which he served during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 were needed by Soviet servicemen and cherished as a powerful spiritual weapon. ...

The homeland highly valued A. A. Zharov's creative and military achievements, awarding him the Order of the October Revolution, four Orders of the Red Banner of Labor, the Order of the Red Star, the Badge of Honor and medals. ...

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