Zoya Anatolievna Kosmodemianskaïa (Russian: Зоя Анатольевна Космодемьянская), born September 13, 1923, is a strong Soviet hanged by the Nazis November 29, 1941 at the age of 18. She became one of the most revered martyrs of the Great Patriotic War waged by the Soviet Union to Nazi Germany.
In his executioners, she said at the time scripts: « You can not hang 170 million of us. « . The body hangs from the gallows for several weeks and then thrown into the snow. By sadistic Nazi soldiers stabbed with bayonets of the already lifeless body of the young resistant.
Zoya Kosmodemianskaïa is buried in the cemetery of Novodevichy Moscow.
Jonathan Littell was inspired to write his novel The Kindly seeing the photograph, taken by a German soldier’s corpse Zoya Kosmodemianskaïa in the snow.