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The education system underwent a number of changes: the Latin script was prohibited and substituted by the Cyrillic one; soviet curricula replaced those currently existing at schools; the former vocational school was converted into a mechanization school, etc. The liquidation of private property and market relations, destruction of ethnic traditions, and Stalinist repressions dealt a heavy material and moral blow upon Rezina dwellers. In the early morning of June 22, 1941, Hitlerite Germany attacked the Soviet Union. In this war Germany's allies were Italy, Hungary, Finland and Romania. Romanian soldiers cherished the hope of restoring the violated borders of their country. On August 6, 1941, Ion Panighiant, a lawyer, becomes primar of Rezina. Primaria took corresponding measures to restore order: enterprises and public institutions were set functioning, bridges exploited, certain buildings mine-cleared. A flood on the Dniester caused additional troubles: over 160 dwelling houses in Rezina-tirg were flooded. On June 16, 1943, Gheorghe Radulescu was appointed pri-mar of Rezina, with Ion Oancea from Ciorna as his advisor. Prima-ria disposed of 36 ha of land sown with oats and com, 4 horses and 2 oxen. The village cooperative employed 476 persons primarily engaged in agriculture, grain trade, and fishing. There were 3 churches, a school, a gymnasium, an industrial school and a hospital in the town, in addition to 2 restaurants, 7 groceries, 2 shops, an electric power station, a bakery, a bath-house and a number of workshops. A remarkable park in Rezina was the pride of the town and the whole of Orhei uezd. However, the war was going on, and Rezina dwellers did all they could to help the Romanian army. They were gathering wool and foodstuffs, and supplied the necessary horse-carts to transport firewood to the railway station. In March-April, 1944, as a result of the Soviet armys massive offensive, Rezina becomes a soviet town again. War casualties sustained in the territory of our district reached many dozens of soldiers of various nationalities. They were buried in Rezina, Soldanesti, Sipca, Curaturi, Poiana, Alcedar, Tarasova, Papauti, Parcani, Tareuca, Fuzauca and Ciniseuti. On October 20, 1956, the remains of these soldiers were reburied in a common grave in Rezina park already having the graves of two soldiers and an anntiaircraft woman-gunner. The period of 1944-1956 was especially hard and tragical for Rezina residents who came to survive famine, forceful collectivization and Stalininst repressions.