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Melekhina pictured wearing her school uniform. She is wearing a red tie around her neck to distinguish that she is a Young Pioneer due to her father being in the Communist party.

During Melekhina's childhood it was mandatory for all high school students to complete military training where they learned to use a rifle, march, and respond to commands. At this time they believed that Western countries would actually attack them…

German Army field marshal Paul von Hindenburg (left) shakes hands with Hetman of Ukraine Pavlo Skoropadsky.

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Russian Village in the early 1900s.

Famine in Russia 1921, with bodies piled up before the local cemetery, hundreds of corpses.
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