Andrei Gromyko was born in village Staryya Gramyki (Gomel region) on 18 July 1909 in a 'semi-peasant, semi-worker' family. His father, Andrei Gromyko, was a worker. His mother, Olga Bekarevich, was a worker in the collective farm. It was a poor family and in such villages they appresciated only phisycal labor. But Andrei had a great desire for knowledge, always read books and did Komsomol 'lecturing' to his friends about nonexistence of God. He liked his Motherland, its nature and admired his parents very much, as he wrote in his memoirs 'they always believed in me and gave me the right direction in life'.