Women Partisans


I had the privilege and pleasure of photographing and interviewing a truly remarkable group of people. The last women who were active as partisans, who fought as soldiers or aircrew, or who are acknowledged as The Righteous Among Nations for helping Jews when the punishment for doing so was death (see the page titled Context).

The following photograph is of Vira Fedorivna Volkova. She told me

“Our position was attacked by the Germans. Our machine gunner was killed, so I crawled to him, pushed him aside and started firing at them until I was shot in the leg. 

“The bullet is still there”.

She said, pointing at her calf.

Vira Fedorivna walked to the photo session from the Metro and refused my offer of a taxi ride home.

Photographed by John Martin Bradley

Best regards for now.


August 2019.

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