Aug 01



The Unwomanly Face of war is a MUST READ. Every women, every man, every person alive today needs to read Svetlana Alexievich’s Nobel Prize winning book of Russian girls going to war to beat Germany, during WWII.

Discover how determined, innocent, strong-willed, teenaged girls going into battle to fight German soldiers to save Russia and the world from becoming a German-led  world. If it had not been for these unsung young girls going into battle to fight grown men trained to pulverize anyone who got in their way, the world would be a different place today. We would probably all be speaking German, and America would not be a free world.

The Unwomanly Face of War should be a must read for all high school teens. Just like Anne Frank was a required book to read when I was in middle school, The Unwomanly Face of War should be a required read for all high schoolers. Alexievich shows exactly what happens to young female teens who go to war.

Many of these girls volunteer to fight in the war—-to the front lines, and years later are still haunted by what they saw, what they did to stay alive, and how unselfishly they gave of themselves to save the world!

I couldn’t believe what I was reading, about the teen who describes running through open farmland to get to the woods, while her period just started and there is nothing she can do to deal with it. Another girl describes training; learning to shoot targets, and when she gets her first kill, she breaks down and cries, because she realizes she just killed a real human being.

Yet another teenaged girl becomes upset when she kills a beautiful horse, elegantly running,  past all the Russian warriors, because the horse will be their first food eaten in days, perhaps weeks.

Unwomanly Face of War was originally written in 1985 in Russian and was translated by two people who chose to stay invisible allowing, Svetlana Alexievich  to gain all the attention.

Truthful, beautiful, at times horrifying, Alexievich interviewed numerous women who managed to somehow in their innocence not get killed by German soldiers during WWII. The Unwomanly Face of War is a must read. Mom zinga.com.

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