Project “Children of War.” “They didn’t go to school because there was nothing, they worked so that there was something to eat”

A resident of Izhevsk, Nella Mikhailovna Plotnikova, belongs to the generation that they talk about – the children of war. She was born in 1942, and she almost does not remember the war itself, but she can tell a lot about the difficult post-war time.

Just at that time she was studying in high school, in another village far from home. “We lived in a hostel, ten people, probably in the same room. You can’t teach lessons in any way, “says Nella Mikhailovna. From school, home for the weekend had to walk. There was no transport at all. They went in rolls, in the spring and autumn they were worn kaloshi, and in the summer, it happened, and they had to wear laptops. The roads were bad, there was no question of asphalt. In the spring, when snow began to melt, a terrible flood occurred. Now there are no such floods, even in the villages the roads are already raised and paved. Then the children fell down both the knee and the belt. Imagine, we were given holidays only when it was impossible to get to school from other villages. Neither in March nor in early April there were spring holidays.

“In high school there were no more than twenty students,” recalls Nella Mikhailovna, “and in high school we were three from the village. Just three… The rest did not go because there was nothing, worked to eat something. ” No bright events happened in school, either competitions, or competitions, only study. One of the most striking events for Nella Mikhailovna was the dedication to the Komsomol. This is what she says about it: “It was autumn. I was accepted into the Komsomol in the Komsomol district committee. Not somewhere, but in the district committee itself! For some reason, it was tonight. I was alone, seven kilometers had to pass, and in October it darkens quickly. I was afraid, which is probably why I remembered this day. “
When she grew up, Nella Mikhailovna herself worked for some time as a teacher, like her mother. And after she arrived in Izhevsk, she got a job at the factory. She has two children, three grandchildren and already has a great-grandson. But the habit of not throwing away any food still remains with her.

Juliana Samsonova

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