She worked on a barge until May 1942. At the end of May, the barge was hit by a shell. Zinaida Iosifovna was sent to work in the OSVGa shelter, where she worked until the last day of the defense. At the beginning of July 1942, the workers were taken out on one-and-a-half-ton trucks to Kamyshovaya Bay, where they stayed until July 3, waiting in vain for ships that would take them from Sevastopol.
She survived during the occupation of Sevastopol, helped the Sevastopol underground organization. She was wounded.
Order of the Patriotic War of the 1st class, Order for Valour, medal
"For the Defense of Sevastopol" and others