Ferapont Golovatyi

Golovatyi, Ferapont Petrovich


Born May 24 (June 5), 1890, in the village of Serbinovka, in present-day Piriatin Raion, Poltava Oblast; died July 25, 1951, in the village of Stepnoe, Saratov Oblast. A kolkhoz worker. One of the initiators of the nationwide patriotic movement to collect funds for the Soviet Army during the Great Patriotic War of 1941–45. Hero of Socialist Labor (1948). Became a member of the CPSU in 1944.

Golovatyi served in the army beginning in 1911 and was at the front in World War I (1914–18). After the February Revolution of 1917, he was a member of a regimental committee. He took part in the Civil War of 1918–20 and commanded a cavalry squadron in the First Horse Cavalry Army. At the beginning of the Great Patriotic War he was a beekeeper on a kolkhoz and a member of the kolkhoz management board. Golovatyi made a payment of 100,000 rubles in December 1942 for the construction of a fighter plane and another payment of 100,000 rubles in May 1944 for a second plane. In 1946 he became chairman of the Strakhanovets Kolkhoz in Saratov Oblast, which was named after Golovatyi after his death. He was a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR for the second and third convocations. Golovatyi’s first airplane is exhibited in the Saratov Museum: the second is in Moscow, in the House of Aviation.


Agranovskii, I. Sovelskii krest’ianin Ferapont Golovatyi. Moscow. 1957.
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In December 1942, an elderly beekeeper named Ferapont Golovatyi allegedly arrived at his local party committee, carrying a bag containing 100,000 rubles for the purchase of a fighter plane.
Sending my two sons off to the front, I gave them a piece of fatherly advice, to mercilessly beat the German invaders, and I, for my part, promised my children that I would help them through selfless labor in the rear," wrote Ferapont Golovatyi, a peasant from the Stakhanovets collective farm in Saratov oblast.
The Stalinist mass subscription fundraising model depended on activism to escalate the sums that nonactivists handed over, from the ritualized "activism" incited by the komsody to extraordinary examples like Ferapont Golovatyi.
Agranovskii, Sovetskii krest'ianin: Ferapont Golovatyi (Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo sel'skokhoziaistvennoi literatury, 1957), 47-50.
The famous beekeeper Ferapont Golovatyi seems to have genuinely hated the Germans all the way back to World War I, and he had sons at the front.