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24 Oct 2018

Partisan Chronicles: Commissar Zakharova

Partisan Chronicles: Commissar Zakharova

MINSK, 24 October (BelTA) – When the war broke out Aleksandra Zakharova was 10 kilometers away from the border. A lecturer with the Bialystok Communist Party regional committee, she was giving lectures in the frontier regions. The road back home where she left her work, friends and, most importantly son, was cut off. Aleksandra Zakharova had no other choice but to start fighting against the enemy.

“Partisan Chronicles: Commissar Zakharova” is a new page of the joint project of BelTA and the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War History. It is dedicated to the partisan regiment of Rogachev Brigade No. 8 and its commissar.

The project is based on a unique collection of handwritten partisan journals provided by the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War History. The collection was assigned the status of historical and cultural value of international importance (Class 1). Every week BelTA brings these chronicles to light and posts their digital copies. Each of them sheds light on various aspects of partisans’ life, gives a glimpse into thoughts and feelings of people who risked their lives to fight a battle behind enemy lines.

Till 3 July 2019 BelTA will publish digests of these chronicles and upload their digital versions complementing the unique content with photos from its own archives.

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