Maya Lvovna Yelagina, maiden name Tsaluk, was born on May 31, 1925 in Kiev, Ukraine. Before the war she completed eight grades. In November 1941 she enrolled in nursing courses and in February 1942, at the age of 16, was assigned to the 51st army field hospital near Stalingrad. She pulled wounded soldiers from the battlefield sometimes on stretchers, and at times, by placing them on top of her trench coat and dragging. While crossing the Sivash(also known as the Rotten Sea), she suffered a serious contusion and though as a result she could not hear or express her thoughts fully, continued her work at the front. After the liberation of Crimea Yelagina was transferred to the Kościuszko Polish division with which she reached Berlin and signed her name on the walls of the Reichstag. She returned to Kiev after the war, specialized in midwife studies at a technical school and for the next 47 years worked at a the hospital of the Kiev trolley bus depot. Interview was recorded in Kiev in 2009.
"Father was such a communist!"
"We had dogs - they blew up tanks."
Organizing corpses in a shed.