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During World War II, many women in Belarus served on the front lines. When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, most of these women were between 16 and 18 years old. For the next four years, they served as nurses, truck drivers, partisans and communications operators. At the end of the war, they were awarded medals and prizes and named “Heroes of the Nation." As they approach the end of their lives, and despite the breakup of the former Soviet Union, their contributions are still remembered with invitations to attend parades and to visit schools to tell children about their experiences.
Photographer: Agnieszka Rayss
Lida Pietrovna Bondar, nurse.
Zinaida Konstantinovna, now of Grodno, Belarus, worked for Soviet Army Communications during the war.
Elizaveta Ivanonvna Zienievich, partisan nurse.
Anastasia Konstantinova Wishnievska, truck driver.
Maria Antonovna Pospielova of Zaskovichi, Belarus. She served in the partisan resistance force against the Nazi occupation.
Maria Antonovna Pospielova’s dress uniform with her military honors.
Zinaida Nikolaieva Famienska, partisan.
Valentina Pietrovna Baranova, army communications worker, head of the veterans’ union in Grodno.
Galina Ivanova Pagarelava of Shchuchyn, Belarus, served as a nurse in the war..