This book includes a remarkable diary of an ordinary Soviet
middle-class teenager named Ina Konstantinova, who was transformed
by the outbreak of the war and death of her boyfriend. Unlike Anne
Frank, the most famous teenage author of a WWII diary, Ina was to
die fighting, after she ran away from home to become a partisan and
avenge her boyfriend's death. At times Ina served alongside her
father; his poignant "Story of a Daughter" complements her diary.
Ina's parents were both teachers and members of Soviet
intelligentsia. Her comrade-in-arms Masha Poryvayeva, caught and
executed by the enemy, was of a working class background.