It appears that someone (inadvertently) slipped a name into the historical note appendage that shouldn't be there. The boy of the story who dies too young as a soldier is Olga's little brother, Albert, and not Sasha. Albert is the boy in the photograph on the back cover of The Kulak's Daughter. He was a real person. Sasha is an imaginary boy. I hope this clears up any confusion.
Pillau 1945, Bundesarchiv_Bild_146-1989-033-33 One of the Baltic ports that I didn't get a chance to visit back in 2019 was Baltiysk in...