Defending Leningrad

Defending Leningrad : Women Behind Enemy Lines

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This book includes a remarkable diary of an ordinary Soviet middle-class teenager named Ina Konstantinova, who was transformed by the outbreak of the war and death of her boyfriend. Unlike Anne Frank, the most famous teenage author of a WWII diary, Ina was to die fighting, after 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 a working class more

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  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 15.2mm | 294.84g
  • Focus Publishing/R Pullins & Co
  • MA, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised
  • 1585101575
  • 9781585101573

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Focus reprint. Tells the story of two partisans and one spy; includes a teenager's more

About Kazimiera J. Cottam

Dr. Kazimiera J. Cottam, an expert military translator and author, is a recipient of the prestigious 1999 Mary Zirin Prize of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies. A PhD graduate in Eastern European history from the University of Toronto, she also is a former part-time professor of Russian history at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and Research Associate of the University of Illinois at more

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