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Wartime Life
Shamal'e worked with me into 1941. At that point the situation became more tense. There were army movements around town at night. Recruitment [for the Russian Army --AK] started in April, 1941. I was told to report to the military base on the 16th of May 1941.

My grandfather's work including wrapping food purchases in in newspaper and totaling up bills on an abacus. He tried to avoid service, but a “high officer” told him You must go!

However, this call was for training, he said. After completion, he could return. On 16 May 1941, my grandfather was taken to the Russian army but he wrote that for some reason Shamal'e didn't go.

This was the last day that my grandfather saw his father and the city of Vysokoye.

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