Biography of Catherine Galler

Born November 24, 1876, in Pren (Lithuania). In 1890, after the death of her father and mother, she was left an orphan and went to work as a governess for the well-to-do families in Pren. In 1896 she moved to Vilnius and worked on a farm; in 1898 she moved to Odessa where she worked in a factory. In 1914 she worked as a cook in a sanatorium outside Odessa. She married a court clerk, V. Galler, and in 1914 they moved to Kiev where he served in the militia and died during the liquidation of Makhno’s brigade. She worked as a janitress at GosBank and was an active member of St. Alexander parish – she sold candles and crosses; she taught religion to children; she collected monies for aiding convicted priests and laymen. July 29, 1935 – arrested in Kiev in connection with a case against “a Fascist counter-revolutionary organization of Roman Catholics and Uniate [Eastern Rite] clergy of Right-Bank Ukraine.” At the conclusion of the investigation, she was charged with “having taken part in the counter-revolutionary education of young pupils. She had participated in the creation of an illegal monetary fund for rendering assistance to those convicted of counter-revolutionary activity. She had kept counter-revolutionary literature in the church.” May 14, 1936, at age 60, she was sentenced under Articles 54-4 and 54-10 of the Criminal Code of the Ukrainian SSR to three years’ exile [Special Board, NKVD]. She was sent to Kazakhstan where, on May 11, 1938, her sentence was extended another three years for “anti-Soviet agitation” [Special Board, NKVD]. Released May 12, 1941. Fate thereafter unknown. Source: Investigatory Matter 66457 fp, TsGAOO (Ukraine); Sokolovskyi, p. 40; Parafiial'na gazeta, 1995, no. 48, p. 8
Variant Names:
Galler, Catherine; Galler, Ekaterina Iosifovna
Prienai (Lithuania); Vilnius (Lithuania); Odesa (Ukraine); Kiev (Ukraine); Kazakhstan
female; laity; fate unknown