In August 1942 a students’ nursing brigade discovered 12-year-old Tanya Savicheva, weak with hunger, living alone in an apartment in Leningrad, which had been besieged by Hitler since September 1941. She had kept this diary:
- Zhenya died on December 18, 1941, at twelve noon.
- Grandma died on January 25, 1942, at three in the afternoon.
- Leka died on March 17, 1942, at five o’clock in the morning.
- Uncle Vasya died on April 13, 1942, at two o’clock at night.
- Uncle Lesha on May 10, 1942, at four o’clock in the afternoon.
- Mama died on May 13, 1942, at 7:30 in the morning.
- The Savichevs are dead.
- Everyone is dead.
- Only Tanya is left.
The nurses evacuated her along the narrow lifeline that had been opened that summer by the Soviet army and placed her in an orphanage in a nearby village, but she died there, probably of chronic dysentery, in July 1944. The diary is kept today in the St. Petersburg Museum of History.