• Michael Laxer

"You can't hang us all. They will avenge me."

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Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, murdered November 29, 1941


"You hang me now, but I'm not alone. There are 200 million of us. You can't hang us all. They will avenge me." - - Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, November 29, 1941


On November 29, 1941, 18 year old Soviet resistance fighter and partisan Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya was executed by the Nazis. Zoya had been caught after setting fire to stables being used by them in a village they had captured outside of Moscow. She had refused to inform on her comrades despite brutal interrogation.


As she was led to be executed among her final words were: "You hang me now, but I'm not alone. There are 200 million of us. You can't hang us all. They will avenge me."


On May 2, 1945 the Soviet flag was hoisted over the Reichstag in Berlin by the victorious Red Army. Zoya was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and was regarded as one of the greatest heroes of the USSR.


She is a global hero in the history of resistance to fascism.



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