"War does not have a woman's face." -these words so precisely depict the ruthless and unnatural essence of any war, that they have long turned into a popular expression. In fact, war isn't just anti-feminine, but an anti-human phenomenon in general. However, its terrifying deadly essence is further emphasized when put in comparison to a woman -a symbol of love, tenderness and motherhood. Boris Vasilievwas one of the few writers of the past century who brought up the subject of a woman’s fate in the war. What really matters is that the women in his novel didn’t just stay home, but fought at the front side by side with men protecting their homeland from the nazis. This is just a minor episode of the big war. The story of five young women became a general depiction of all the people that bravely stood through the Great Patriotic War. The novel, written in 1969, at once drew a strong response from the readers not only in the USSR but in many countries far abroad. Nowadays, this is a world-renowned book. The novel’s way to the theatre stage began in 1971 with 7 theatrical productions shown in Russia alone. In 1972, StanislavRostotskymade the book into a film of the same name which was nominated for an Oscar in 1973. It’s terrible that women have to die, that young lives are broken...for it is a woman’s calling to create and give life but not to destroy. But what is even more horrible, is that these perished heroic women will never be able to pass on their heritage and enrich their nation and culture. This doesn’t just show the anti-human essence of war. It is a threat of annihilation not only of people as separate individuals, but of whole nations, cultures and civilization.