(VOVworld) - In August, 1945, Thai Binh was one of the first earliest provinces to seize power. The soldiers and people of all ages and social strata united as one to support the revolution. Hoang Nhu, a 16-year old girl at that time, will never forget the excitement of preparing for the uprising day. Here’s the story of Hoang Nhu whose revolutionary life began that day.
At the age of 84, Hoang Nhu’s ruddy face, high forehead and bright eyes are still beautiful. She recalls stories from almost 70 years ago without any hesitation. Her father was a teacher and her brothers and sisters all had a comprehensive education. Before the August Revolution, her family operated a secret shelter for revolutionaries. Sometimes she helped them copy documents, which gave her the first experience of the national resistance war. Hoang Nhu recalls: "They asked me to copy documents about the revolutionary campaigns of the Vietnamese Independence League and leaflets to mobilize people to join the League to liberate the nation from the French. I secretly copied many small books in my house. Then they assigned me to be a communicator to distribute leaflets to other bases in and outside my commune. That was how I learned about the Vietnamese Independence League.
As a communicator, she had to be very careful, clever and vigilant. What she learnt from the documents and the wide spread suffering caused by the famine in early 1945 urged her to get involved in the revolution and join the Vietnamese Independence League or Viet Minh in Viet Bac."The cadres said the revolutionary movement in Viet Bac was very strong. Many women came there. The Vietnamese Independence League granted equality to women willing to participate in social work. I was young and liked the idea of freedom. I was eager to go to Viet Bac, where women were taught to use guns and ride horses," Hoang Nhu says.
The August uprising was approaching and Mrs. Nhu and her fellow villagers stayed awake late into the night preparing communications materials and sewing red flags with yellow star. "We encouraged women to wear a uniform of brown shirt, black trousers, and blue belt for the planned demonstrations. We organized classes to eradicate illiteracy for women and children. We chose the most active people for women and youth voluntary associations. I went with some women to neighboring communes to talk about the Vietnamese Independence League’s plan to overthrow the French and install a new government."
After the success of the August Revolution, Hoang Nhu was chosen as a member of the district women’s association. In 1946, she was sent to study politics and military science on the southern revolutionary front. 12 years later, she was in charge of women’s affairs for various movements. After the liberation of Hanoi in 1954, she came to the capital city to work in the Youth Union. Mrs. Nhu says she worked wholeheartedly at all these jobs." When I was in charge of children’s external affairs, I helped build many cultural houses for children in Hanoi and other provinces using international funds. I met Uncle Ho 9 times. His concern for children inspired me to commit myself to children’s work."
Mrs. Nhu says she dedicated her youth to the revolution and to helping women and children. At 84, she is still following developments inside and outside Vietnam and giving children the benefit of her experience.