Martin Roemers

, RUSSIA

Nina Golovataya (b. 1924 in the USSR) was blinded during the Second World War (WWII). 'I was a member of the Komsomol, the Communist youth movement. I was a patriot and had reported to the army as a volunteer. After four months training, I was sent to the front as a qualified nurse. In 1943 we were stationed in the Rostov region. Because of the lice, a typhoid epidemic broke out in our division. My eyes got infected through complications. For a whole month, I couldn't see anything. But my sight gradually returned and, by wearing exceptionally strong glasses, I was able to continue serving in the army until the end of the war. After the war, I spent thirty years working at a secret department of a space institute. Despite four operations, my eyes kept getting worse. By 1989, there was no point in my wearing glasses anymore. I can only see silhouettes. I now have the status of a First Class War Invalid. I have a good pension and I can go to the sanatorium every year.'

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