Sunday, May 24, 2020
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Lovely But Lethal: Roza Shanina and the Great Patriotic War

On June 22, 1941 Germany invaded the Soviet Union, launching 4 years of some of the bloodiest fighting in all of World War II. Roza Shanina--a young kindergarten teacher--answered her country's call and became a sniper in the Red Army. We will explore this fascinating period of history, starting with some of the noteworthy people and technologies of the USSR, then discussing four major battles (Moscow, Leningrad, Stalingrad, and Kursk) before concentrating of Roza's life and wartime diary. Students will come away with a basic understanding of the Eastern Front and its importance in the story of the European Theater.

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