Meet Antonina Makarova. She was born as Antonina Parfenova (Ginsburg by marriage) in 1921. However, in the USSR she became known as Тонька-пулемётчица (Ton’ka the machine gunner). NB - Ton’ka is one of the shortened versions of the name Antonina. She joined the Red Army after finishing school as a volunteer nurse and also took courses on the use of machine guns in Moscow. In Autumn 1941, during the WWII, she was separated from her troops. Three months later, in January 1942, she was recruited by the local authorities at the town of Lokot, which was then in collaboration with the Nazis. She was hired as a machine gun shooter. Her job was to execute Russian partisans including their families, in batches of 27 – the number which local prison could hold. According to the official data, she executed around 1,500 people in total. The Red Army entered Lokot on 5 September 1943. Makarova managed to escape to Poland with a German officer. However, the officer was killed on the way, and Germans sent Makarova to the Konigsberg concentration camp. When the Red Army reached Konigsberg in 1945, Makarova pretended to be a Soviet nurse, held as partisan by the Nazis, thanks to forged military documentation. The same year Makarova married a Russian war veteran named Viktor Ginsburg. They settled in Belarus, and had two daughters. They lived as respected citizens enjoying all the privileges granted to war veterans. The KGB, however, continued searching for war criminals, and since 1945 looked for Makarova, but only knowing her aliases (Ton’ka the machine gunner). She was finally discovered in 1976. Here’s the plot twist – she was actually discovered by a distant relative with the name Parfenov (Antonina’s birth name). He was filling out a visa application, noticing that out of all his family, Antonina was the only one not sharing the same surname. She was reported, recognized by several witnesses who knew her from before and during the War. The KGB arrested Makarova, sentencing her to capital punishment in 1978. She was executed on the 11 August 1979. When questioned about the countless murders, she showed no remorse – she considered the war deaths as an integral part of the conflict and almost a ‘survival of the fittest’ type contest. “I did not know anyone who I was shooting at. They did not know me. So to them I feel no remorse.” Safe to say, she is one of the most despised women not only of WWII, but in Russian history. She sounded like quite the traitor but really enjoyed her "work"..war brings out the worse in people they say.