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9 Jan 2019

Partisan Chronicles: Uncle Kostya’s Brigade. Hero of the Soviet Union Konstantin Zaslonov

Partisan Chronicles: Uncle Kostya’s Brigade. Hero of the Soviet Union Konstantin Zaslonov

MINSK, 9 January (BelTA) – Poems and songs were written about the brigade of this legendary partisan commander. The Nazis offered 50,000 Reichsmarks, the Iron Cross and two big homesteads in Germany for the head of Konstantin Zaslonov. The brave brigade commander became a living legend. From a small group of railway workers he created one of the most successful sabotage brigades that terrified German invaders in the forests of Vitebsk Oblast.

“Partisan Chronicles: Uncle Kostya’s Brigade. Hero of the Soviet Union Konstantin Zaslonov” 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 commander who fought against the Nazis in the Orsha zone in 1941-1942.

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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