And I studied for five years in Minsk. About five years. And in 1939 when the liberation of Western Belarus started… my father was a part of the military unit that was liberating the city of Grodno. By the way, street Gornovykh is named after the political commissar Gornovykh from the military unit my father was doing military service in. In 1939 he lived there, in Grodno. Later the division he was doing the military service in was moved to Byelsk. It is forty kilometers away from Byelostok. There was located a fifth infantry corps, so they moved him there. I came there in 1940. In the years of 1940-1941 I studied in the tenth form. In winter of 1941 the division was moved to Polotsk for some reason. My father arranged about a flat for me. He said, «It’s enough to change these schools. Stay here and finish school. When you finish it, you will move away». So I was left alone without my parents. And you understand that… After the June 14th, my birthday, it happened that I finished the secondary school. On the 18th of June we had a farewell party. And we were given out the Certificates of Completed Secondary Education, we called them the certificates of maturity. You see. By the way I was a class monitor.
Researcher: Natalya Ivaschenko, PhD (Historical Sciences), associated professor at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, Kseniya Adasik, Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno