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* The Holocaust History Museum, Museum of Holocaust Art, Exhibitions Pavilion and Synagogue are open until 20:00. All other sites close at 17:00.

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Article about Lazar Papernik by Semion Gudzenko

Semion Gudzenko, Soviet-Jewish poet and war correspondent, wrote in his article "Leizer (Lazar) Papernik, Hero of the Soviet Union" (1942), that was prepared to be sent for the Jewish Press in the West:

"… Lazar Papernik took over the command of the small group. 'Not a step backwards' were his orders. The heroic skiers fought courageously and daringly to the last, until Papernik remained alone. He was seriously wounded. For a few minutes all was quiet. Then the enemy headed towards the skiers to rob those already killed and kill those who had only been wounded. But suddenly grenades again began to be hurled in their direction. Papernik's bullets forced them back to their dug-outs. Alone, wounded, he fought against the bloody enemy. His bullets were now giving out, and from the other side, could be heard the shout: 'Hey, Russian, you'd better surrender'; 'Better death than Fascist imprisonment!' – cried Papernik and blew himself up with a hand grenade. After several hours some Red Army men [troops] found him on the edge of the line that he was courageously defending. All around hundred Germans lay dead. Papernik gave his life in battle against the Fascist murderers but before that he succeeded in killing scores of German soldiers.… Papernik's sister, Zinaida Papernik, wrote to the division in which her brother served: 'I am deeply affected by the news of the death of my brother. Dear Comrades, to the end of my days I shall remain grateful to you for putting into the sad official notification of my brother's death so much warmth and brotherly sympathy…. Kindly convey to the men of Captain Lazniuk's unit that we all support those who are going to avenge the death of my brother, and the blood of our heroic skiers. When the enemy will finally be wiped off the face of the earth, a monument will be raised on the grave of the 23 skiers, and relatives, friends, and comrades in battle will come to pay tribute to them….'"

From: GARF 8114-1-92, copy YVA JM/26110.