Konrad Alexander Eduardovich 
(1890–16.06.1940)


Sailor, member of the missing expedition G.L. Brusilov on the schooner "St. Anna” in 1912–1914..
Born in Petersburg. According to her daughter, Tamara Alexandrovna Kolesnik, “he knew German and English well, and loved the sea terribly.” Had two children. The son was born in October 1912 after his father left for the expedition (he went missing in November 1941 in the Great Patriotic War).Daughter was born in 1923. The wife died in besieged Leningrad. 
In 1914, with the group navigator "St. Anna" V.I. Albanov, consisting of 11 people, Konrad left the ship obstructed by ice and set off on foot to Franz Josef Land. He is the only satellite of Albanov, who reached Cape Flora with him on  Hooker Island and was rescued by G.Ya. Sedov on "St. Fock". After returning from the expedition, he served with Albanov for a while on the ice cutter “Canada” (“F. Litke”), in 1919–1920. - In the Baikal detachment of the Siberian military flotilla in the post of detachment commander. After the Civil War, Konrad sailed a mechanic on the ships of Sovtorgflot, was a very respected man. In 1939, as a machinist of the Zeya dredger, he participated in the route of excavators from Arkhangelsk to the Far East. Thus, he is the only one of all members of the expedition to “St. Anne ”managed to go through the navigation along the Northern Sea Route. In 1940, he contracted pleurisy and died a month and a half later. A diary and three photographs of Conrad were transmitted by his wife to the Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic, where they are still kept. Currently, the museum staff has prepared a diary for publication. 
With the expedition of Brusilov and the campaign of the Albanov group are connected a lot of hitherto unsolved secrets. One of them directly concerns Conrad. As you know, during the campaign on June 17 (30), two people whose names in the published diary did not name Albanov, taking the best things from their comrades, equipment, weapons, a sealed jar with mail and documents, lightly, without kayaks and narts went to the designated on the horizon is the earth. As Alban writes, if they were caught by the fugitives immediately, under the hot hand, they would surely have been killed. However, they managed to overtake only a few days. Anger passed, everything stolen was intact, the fugitives repented, begged for mercy and were forgiven. However, this escape had fatal consequences. The remaining 8 people were forced to throw one kayak, with the result that after the reunification the group was no longer able to move in full force on the water. It cost the lives of four participants who moved along the glacier and disappeared along the road to Cape Grant. 
Who were these two? By the time of escape, there were 10 people in the group (one disappeared while going over drifting ice). It is clear from the text of Albanov’s diary that I. Lunyaev, P. Maximov, P. Smirennikov and V. Gubanov can most certainly be excluded from the number of “suspects”, almost certainly A. Archbishops, who were so weak that they could hardly think about escaping. Remains A. Konrad, E. Shpakovsky, O. Nielsen and J. Regald. Most likely, the fugitives are the first two. They were bosom friends, in addition, Albanov wrote in his diary that he was repeatedly persuaded to throw all the heavy equipment and lightly move to the ground, and the first to express such a thought was Conrad. Maybe this is why he does not name Alban in the publication of the names of the fugitives, because he does not want to poison the life of the surviving Conrad, who shared with him the campaign? We know that after reaching Cape Flora, Conrad alone went back to the Cape Grant in a kayak in search of the missing ground group, which he may have been indirectly responsible for. Perhaps, for this reason, Konrad, according to the testimony of people communicating with him later, in every possible way avoided talking about the expedition? It is for this reason, and not because, as some believed, that he hid some unseemly actions of Albanov. I would also like to note one more oddity: why Albanov, while reading the Jackson note, used the help of Nielsen, who knew a little English, and the dictionary, while Conrad, according to his daughter, “knew German and English well”. 
Having come to the conclusion about the very likely participation of Conrad in the escape, I ask the question: “And who would have the moral right to condemn him for it?”.And I answer: "Only those who have ever been in a similar position and left it with honor". 
So let this man judge.

Konrad died in Leningrad. I reviewed all the preserved archival materials on the graves of 1940: I did not find Conrad. We managed to shed some light on the problem with the help of local historian and historian Valentina Zinovievna Kuzmina, who for many years has been studying the history of the Brusilov-Albanov expedition. Valentina Zinovievna maintained contact with Konrad's daughter Tatiana ( Tamara) Alexandrovna, who lives in Astrakhan. It turned out that Konrad was buried in one of the Smolensk cemeteries. 1992-1993 In Smolensk cemeteries inventory was carried out. I got acquainted with its materials - the grave of Conrad is not listed. This means that it was not saved at the time of the inventory. 
Cape in the south of the Maybel Island archipelago Franz-Josef Land. Named in the 1950s by Soviet cartographers.

 

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