An excerpt from the letter sent by Isaak Gofman to Ilya Ehrenburg in March 1944.
"I will write about another tragedy: that of Krasnopolie. 1,800 Jews perished there. My family was among them: my daughter, a beauty, and my ill son and my wife. Of all the Jews of Krasnopolie only one, Lida Vysotskaia, miraculously survived. She wrote me about all this. I learned that the day before the shooting, when it was impossible to get out of the ghetto, my wife, with the infamous badge on her chest, made her way to town to get dried apples for her sick son. She wanted to prolong his life at least for a day, and her heart was beating with her unhappy love for her son. On October 20, 1941, the Germans rounded up and shot them all. They tortured the children for two months and then killed them. My son had been sick for a long time, but doctors managed to save him. Soviet science had saved him, but those beasts killed him with a machine-gun.
I am a husband without a wife, and a father without children. I am no longer young, but I have been fighting for three years. I have taken revenge and I will continue to take revenge. I am the son of a great motherland and I am a soldier of the Red Army. I raised my younger brother and now he too is fighting. He is a lieutenant-colonel on the 1st Ukrainian Front. He is also taking revenge. I have saw fields littered with the corpses of the Germans, but that is not enough. How many more of them should be killed for each dead child! Before my eyes, in the woods and in the trenches dugout, there stands the tragedy of Krasnopolie – where children were killed, [as they were killed] in other towns and villages, [not only Jews, but] children of all nationalities. I swear that I will [continue to] take revenge, as long as my hand can hold a weapon."
March 10, 1944.