The gymnasium was built in 1937 and in 1944 it was named after Heroes of the Soviet Union – sister and brother – Zoya and Aleksandr Kosmodemyanskys (Zoya was the first female hero of the USSR). In 1961 they opened a museum, and twenty years later there appeared a memorial in honor of the teachers and pupils of the gymnasium who died during WWII.
To open the museum, they had to collect and process all the information about Zoya and her brother which remained after thier death.
Zoya and Aleksandr’s mother donated her children’s personal belongings to the museum: Zoya’s favorite jacket which later became world-known, her alarm clock, blanket, and her beret which she asked to preserve before joining partisans; and Aleksandr’s paintings, colors and brushes.
The Memorial Room of the Kosmodemyanskys.
On the left you see Zoya’s bedroom covered with her blanket, and her beret’s liying on the pillow. In this room you can also find Aleksandr’s easel and palettes.
Over 300 pupils participated in designing the museum and all of them were delighted by the importance of the moment.
‘They fought for their Homeland’.
These are photos, documents and personal belongings of those who died fighting with the enemy, and whose who came back home from war happy and alive.
‘Heroes of the Soviet Union Zoya and Aleksandr Kosmodemyanskys studied in this classroom in 1941’.
In this museum you can also find presents sent to Zoya by other children of the country, who were inspired by her heroic deed.
‘I’m not afraid of dying, comrades; this is happiness to die for your country!’ These are the last words Zoya said before being killed.
The museum keeps expanding its exposition.
This ground is covered with the blood of partisan miners. The city of Partizansk, Primorsky Territory.
Petrishchevo Village (made by the pupils of the gymnasium).
‘Hero of the Soviet Union Aleksandr Kosmodemyansky’.