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Kosmodemyanskaya, Zoya Anatolyevna

Date of birth:
September 13th, 1923 (Osino Gay/Tambovskaya Oblast, Soviet Union)
Date of death:
November 29th, 1941 (Petrischevo/Moscow Oblast, Soviet Union)
Buried on:
Soviet War Graves Novodevitsji Cemetery
Soviet (1922-1991, People's Republic)


Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya was born on 13th September 1923 in Osino Gay. She became a member of the Komsolmol, a Soviet youth organisation in 1938. In October 1941, while she was still studying in Moscow, she volunteered in a group of Partisans. She was captured by the Germans on 27th November 1941 near Petrishchevo. Together with Vasily Klubkov and Boris Krainov she was ordered to set fire on some buidlings near Petrishchevo. Klubkov was interrogated by the Germans and was forced in calling the names of Kosmodemyanskaya and Krainov. They were hanged on 29th November 1941.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Soviet Partisans, Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Awarded on:
February 16th, 1942
"For the courage and heroism shown in the fight against the German fascists. Her devotion to the Motherland, courage and selflessness became an inspiring example in the fight against the enemy."

Posthumously awarded: Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya was the first woman during the Second World War who was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 16th, 1942

Posthumously awarded
Orden Lenina