63 years ago, about 4 am…

Germany bombed Kiev, and the war that was to last for nearly four years began. It was a Sunday morning, and on Saturday night, graduation balls had begun at high schools all across the country. Some lasted into the first hours of the war. The first generation born and raised under Bolshevik rule was destined to graduate from high school into the trenches; it was decimated in the grinder, but not in vain, becoming the greatest generation of the Soviet aeon.

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