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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2019 10:05 p.m. PST

… "Fallen Revolutionary"

"Galina Dubeeva or Galya Zhang, was a Soviet military interpreter who died heroically in 1945 at the hands of Japanese militarists during the Soviet-Japanese war. In China, she was awarded the title of "Fallen Revolutionary" and many people know her name. In 2009, a monument to her was erected in her hometown of Suifenhe, China.

Galina Dubeeva was born on February 18, 1928 and was the only daughter of Chinese Zhang Huangxin and Ukrainian Fekla Leontievna. Galina had two older brothers. Her parents gave her an Orthodox name: Dubeeva Galina Vasilyevna.

At the age of eight, she entered the local school, which had been opened by Russian immigrants. After the Japanese army captured Suifenhe in 1933, the Japanese began to impose their own system of education. In all schools was a new subject–the Japanese language…."
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Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2019 9:20 a.m. PST

So they shot an unarmed, 17-year old girl who had approached under a flag of truce and we'll never know why.

Probably the captain erred in sending her off by herself. After all, she wasn't supposed to negotiate, but to translate. He could have put his foot down and not let them take her off alone, but insisted on some other arrangement. But I don't like to second guess people, maybe there was a good reason.

War is always a collection of interesting stories that we study, learn from and enjoy, surrounded by an infinitely larger collection of awful stories. Hopefully we learn from those, too.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2019 11:23 a.m. PST



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