WWII nurse has chance encounter with soldier she rescued 72 years ago

World War Two nurse Rosa Gabrielyan retold the story of her brief encounter with a soldier she rescued 72 years after they first met, only to be separated once more, in an interview from her home in Krasnodar on Tuesday. Rosa Gabrielyan, born in 1926 in Baku, had just graduated from school when Great Patriotic War began. Having lied about her age to sign up as a nurse, the schoolgirl was... Еще assigned to an ambulance train which transported injured soldiers to military hospitals. Gabrielyan remembers spotting an injured man lying on the railways tracks in Zhitomir. The young nurse saved his life by carrying on her back. «He was a big man, I was small [girl]. I felt pity for him. I was carrying him on my back by the skin of my teeth. I pulled him to the carriage then [some others] came to help me pull him up,» she explained. A full 72 years later, at Krasnodar's Victory Parade, Gabrielyan was approached by a stranger. «He started explaining [who he is]. I am in my nineties, I cannot remember everybody. He explained everything to me, his name, his surname... I didn't remember,» recalled the pensioner. Gabrielyan has since forgotten his name and now struggles to find the man she saved. But she has not given up hope. Gabrielyan will go to this year's parade in the search for her Soviet soldier, much like he did dreaming to see 'Tsvetochek' again.

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