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In an article prepared for Eynikayt, Russian Jewish writer and journalist, Viktor Fink recounts how Blumenkrants accepted the surrender of the German General Edler von Daniels in Stalingrad.

"Once in the middle of the night, the chief of the HQ of a Red Army infantry regiment Captain Bliumenkrants was awakened by a phone call. An outpost reported that five German officers had asked for permission to be allowed in: they were truce envoys from the command of the German 376th Infantry Division. The chief of the HQ ordered them to be allowed to enter. The five German officers entered, clicked of their boots, saluted, and said:

'Lieutenant-General Alexander Edler von Daniels, the commander of the Wehrmacht's 376th Infantry Division, believes that continued resistance is senseless and he wishes to surrender with the rest of his division. He is asking about the terms [you propose]."

Major (sic!) Bliumenkrants said to the truce envoys that their general had a good idea because an order had been issued to begin an artillery bombardment of the division's positions at 8 a.m. -- with the aim of wiping out his division. [...] Concerning the terms, he said, that he would have to contact the command. [...] The conditions were very simple: surrender is surrender, so the remnants of the division would have to assemble at a stipulated point and the General would have to report in person to the Red Army headquarters.  Two Soviet officers -- Bliumenkrants and Sorokin, a telephone operator -- and two of the German truce envoys set out in order to inform General Edler von Daniels of the conditions. Sima [nickname for Semion] Bliumenkrants burst out laughing and continued:

'[…] We arrived. They brought us to some underground construction and took the blindfolds off our eyes. I could see a well-furnished room, with good furniture and carpets. There were several German officers in the room, among them the lieutenant general. The translator introduced us:

– Captain Sorokin.

The Germans clicked their heels and shook hands stiffly [with the  first Soviet officer].

[Then they were introduced to the other Soviet officer]: 'Captain Bliumenkrants.'

[Hearing the latter name,] the Germans shuddered because that sounded like a German name, but the appearance of its bearer was definitely not that of an Aryan. However – they again clicked their heels again and stiffly shook hands [with the other Soviet officer].

Bliumenkrants informed the general of the location to which he had to bring the remainders of his division, and added that he should hurry since it would soon be 8 a.m., when the [Red Army] artillery begin firing.

General von Daniels proposed having a meal before they left.  In an adjacent room a table was set with a snow-white tablecloth, crystal goblets, and a silver utensils. Everything was elegant except for the fact that the meal consisted of canned food and hard rusks.

'It would be good to have something to drink, but we don't have anything' one of the Germans remarked.

However, the Soviet truce envoys had brought something to drink since a Russian general had sent some food to his prisoner.

Bliumenkrants brought von Daniels to the Red Army headquarters. It was quite light outside by this time. Cameramen were standing ready outside the headquarters. Their footage was later included in the documentary 'Stalingrad'.

– My mission was finished, – Sima [Bliumenkrants] said. – I handed over the general, and never saw him again. But what interests me greatly was whether Hitler knew that the commander of a division whom he sent to Stalingrad to finish the war with a victory, in fact finished it in the hands of a Jewish officer. I wanted Hitler to know this. I wanted him to choke."

GARF 8114-1-160, p. 298-300, copied by Yad Vashem: JM 26142, frame 241-244.