Calgary Veterans

Calgary Veteran Interviews

The stories of Jewish Soviet veterans of the second world war. Click the links for videos and interviews.

Abram Gamer

Abram Gamer Born 1938 Minsk, Belarus Interviewed In: Calgary, Alberta Medals Awarded: Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Minsk Ghetto Child Survivor, Brother Was A Belarusian Partisan   “Bonya saved my life and I’m going to save yours” Abram was born in Minsk in 1938. He was only 3 when the war began and […]

Fira Leikina

Fira Leikina Born January 22, 1923 Gomel, Belarus Interviewed In: Calgary, Alberta Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class),  Medal For Defense of Stalingrad and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Food Manager In Military Hospitals, Battle of Stalingrad.   “Gypsy man holding the rank of captain, he had a bullet […]

Lev Shneider

Lev Shneider Born 1924 Minsk, Belarus Interviewed In: Calgary, Alberta Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class),  Medal For Defense of Stalingrad and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Rifleman, Battle of Stalingrad Platoon Commander and Signal Officer, Baltic Region, Tashkent “I got my baptism of fire in Stalingrad ”Like many of […]

This website contains video interviews with Jewish Red Army veterans who fought with the Soviet Armed Forces against the Nazis in WW2, as well as partisans and Leningrad blockade survivors. The interviewees, who are all Canadian residents, were interviewed in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary between 2010 and 2015. The goal was to preserve […]