This book tells the story of a middle-class teenager, recent high school graduate, who ran away from home to join the partisans after her boyfriend was killed. She served with another girl, of working class background, whose story is also told. The third young woman, whose parents were farmers, supplied important intelligence to Soviet army which, in the long run, assisted the Western powers in defeating the Nazis. Some American universities are using this book as a textbook. Unlike Anne Frank who died in a German concentration camp, Ina Konstantinova, the main heroine of the book, perished while covering the retreat of fellow partisans. This book is a source of information about the German occupation of Soviet Russia and the struggle behind enemy lines on the Eastern Front. The book's North American editor was awarded the 1999 Mary Zirin Prize by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic St! udies).
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Kazimiera J. Cottam is an expert military translator, editor and author. She is a PhD graduate in Russian history from the University of Toronto and a former Research Associate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a retired history professor and public servant who was employed at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow in 1988. A published author since 1972, awarded a prestigious prize for an article in the Reader's Digest, she has been researching the little known story of Soviet women in combat for many years.From the Back Cover:
"I remember our evenings together, we were so happy that we kept silent, kept silent listening to the wonderful music inside us," wrote Ina Konstantinova in her remarkable diary, after she learned that her boyfriend was killed in action. Unlike Anne Frank, the most famous teenager from among those who had kept diary during World War II, Ina was to die fighting; she ran away from home to become a partisan and avenge her boyfriend's death. At times Ina served alongside her father; his poignant "Story of a Daughter" complements her diary. Ina's parents were both teachers and members of Soviet intelligentsia. Her comrade-in-arms Masha Poryvayeva, caught and executed by the enemy, was of working class background. A similar fate befell Zoya Kruglova-Baiger, a former farm girl, who socialized with German officers. Why then was she imprisoned, tortured and executed? It took many years to unravel the mystery.
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Descrizione libro New Military Pub, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110968270239
Descrizione libro New Military Pub, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0968270239
Descrizione libro New Military Pub. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 0968270239 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.1476343