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A political instructor Fridman finds a piece of Torah scroll at a battle field:

In 1944 Fridman's regiment crossed the Dniester River into Bessarabia (now part of the Republic of Moldova). One day, Fridman's tank column was passing through the streets of a Bessarabian town, but suddenly stopped. Fridman got out of his tank and bent over the body of a German soldier who had a piece of parchment in his hand. This was a piece of a Torah scroll. The Communist and political instructor Fridman carefully removed it from the hand of the dead enemy soldier. Later he wrote to his wife:

"When we broke into the town, we literally rolled over German dead bodies. Suddenly I saw a piece of Torah near the dead Fritzes. I was literally stunned. Although it was in the midst of the battle, I stopped the machine, snatched from the dirty hands of a fascist this sacred symbol of the eternal life of the Jewish people, and I have preserved it carefully. I thought for myself, how great is the greed and the lust for robbery of this savage horde of Hitler's cannibals."

 A short time before his death, Fridman felt sick. It was recommended that he be sent to a hospital. Fridman refused, saying: "Killing Fritzes is the best medicine against all diseases"

From: GARF 8114-1-125, pp. 252-253, copy YVA JM/26126