Vancouver Veterans

Vancouver Veteran Interviews

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

Sheil Barkin

Sheil Barkin Born 1923 Daugavpils, Lithuania Interviewed In: Vancouver, British Columbia Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class) and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Heavy Machine Gunner Latvian Unit Eastern Front   “They returned from the mission all covered with blood. They brought back two dead bodies in […]

Yakov Chudnovsky

Yakov Chudnovsky Born June 15, 1926 Pavlovsky Posad (Moscow Suburb), Soviet Union Interviewed In: Vancouver, British Columbia Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class),  Medal For Liberation of Warsaw and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Anti Aircraft Artillery – Eastern Front, Battle of Warsaw   “We joined our military unit… […]

Yurii Iakren

Yurii Iakren Born March 3 1924 Saratov, Soviet Union Interviewed In: Vancouver, British Columbia Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class) and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Mobilized Infantry Ukrainian Front   “There was no communication. We were left on our own device to save our lives.” Yurii’s […]

Iosif Kabanovski

Iosif Kabanovski Born 1927 Soviet Union Interviewed In: Vancouver, British Columbia Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class),  Order of the Red Star,  Medal For Capture of Berlin,  Medal For Capture of Konigsberg and  Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Flight Navigator Battle Of Konigsberg, Battle Of Berlin   “Half of the planes […]

Victor Perchuk

Victor Perchuk Born August 28, 1924 Odessa, Ukraine Interviewed In: Vancouver, British Columbia Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class),  Order of the Red Star,  Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War and Nakhimov Medal Navy Engineer and Minesweeper – served on ‘Marina Roskova’   “The commander was pronounced a coward” Victor served as […]

Anatoly Schwartzman

Anatoly Schwartzman Born January 23, 1926 Odessa, Ukraine Interviewed In: Vancouver, British Columbia Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class) and  Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Tank Operator 2nd Belarusian Front “Before being sent to the front we were told, you’ll learn everything at the front line” Anatoly […]

Grigori Voiler

Grigori Voiler Born 1926 Kamenets-Podolsk, Ukraine Interviewed In: Vancouver, British Columbia Medals Awarded: Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class) and Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War Military Medical Train Volunteer, Rifleman, Radio Operator – Battle Of Kursk, Western Front “Each medical attendant served for one train car, 60 patients per […]

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 […]