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"I was with the partisans in the forests from August 1942 until July 1844 after the liberation of Minsk. It was difficult for women to live in the partisan groups.

We built huts of wood like tents but it was still cold and frosty. The women made foot, they had to take care of everything and be guards too.

When I was a guard I stood watch from the evening one day until the evening the next day. We could not light a fire to keep away the cold. I did not have special clothes or boots to wear. I had to wrap cloths around my feet to stay warm."