Chukhrai is a village in the Bryansk region. Today you can hardly find any information about it on the Internet and it is hard to believe that during World War II this place used to be a populous partisan center.
These photos are not only another proof of devastation, they are an echo of a once lively community with the people, whose life was much harder than today’s one.
The villagers were doing subsistence farming here.
Some of the houses are still in a relatively good condition but with locks on the doors.
Time spares nothing, no matter how strong it is.
Each village has its own peculiarities. Here people, for example, would build roofed gates.
The logs are numbered. Probably, the owner of the house wanted to move it to some place but he couldn’t make it.
These are two roofs – wooden and slated – which seem to be reflecting the two eras.
These are abandoned homes on the inside. There are almost no belongings left, however in some of them there are different photos hanging on the walls. Who are these prople? Are they still alive? Why have they moved leaving even their family pictures behind?
Some time will go by and the chimney will be the only thing left. But eventually it is going to fall down too.
On the windowsill there is a school photo of someone’s classmates.
In some villages they still use such locks.
In this room they performed all kinds of surgeries, including craniotomy.
This is a real plane’s screw propeller. The sign on the monument runs: a partisan detachment ‘For the Soviet Rule’ and some Ukranian partisan detachments were situated here during WWII. In Smelizh Village there was a hospital and a printing establishment which printed a newspaper called ‘Partisan Truth’. Every night planes carrying ammunition, newspapers, medicine and food, would land on its aerodrome and then took off to carry the wounded, kids and documents away.
Location: Bryansk region