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Article in Eynikayt on Alex Levin

Shlomo (Solomon) Mikhoels introduced the young boy to prominent Soviet Yiddish writers, some of them members of the JAC. After interviewing Levin, on October 13, 1945 Y. Land published an article about Levin "Comrade Soldier of the Red Army," in the Committee's Yiddish newspaper Eynikayt. Written in a literary style, the article referred to Levin as a Jewish boy and emphasized the murder of his close family members and the other Jews of Rokitno by the Germans. After describing the boy's life hiding in the woods, the article related how he became a Red Army soldier, stressing the fact that as a Jewish survivor it was only natural for Levin to choose a military career:

"… After the shtetl of Rokitno is liberated, Shike Levin leaves the forest and comes to town…. He enters the liberated town wondering whom he would meet. Certainly no mother or father [since they had been murdered by the Germans] perhaps an uncle, an aunt or a neighbor.… He feels alone – [beforehand] the forest had acted as his father. It protected him.... An officer of the Red Army looks into his fearful eyes and asks him, 'Who are you?' 'Who am I?' A smile appears on Shike Levin’s face. 'I am a partisan!' The same evening, Shike Levin becomes a Red Army mascot. He is given a bath, fed well and supplied with a military uniform. Together with his unit, Shike went through the whole of Poland until he reached the German border. He serves as a “gofer” for the unit and every soldier knows him as the kid who brings letters and parcels from the military post office. The war ends in May 1945. One day in August, a young soldier of thirteen appears at our editorial office. The military uniform fits well and the boots are shined to a luster.… However, the military uniform makes him look more childlike.... I notice him and ask him, 'Who are you, boy?' He looks at me seriously and unwillingly replies, 'I am a Red Army soldier.' We become good friends and he explains that he had arrived in Moscow recently to attend the Suvorov Military Cadet School. 'So you want to be a military man?' I ask. 'Definitely. The Germans tried to annihilate us [i.e. the Jews]. That’s why I want to be a military man so that no one can ever do us any harm again.'"

From: Y. Land, "Khaver roytarmeyer" (Comrade Soldier of the Red Army), Eynikayt, October 13, 1945.