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Kopl Kolpanitskii refused to take a safe job in the Red Army when Łachwa ghetto survivors enlisted in the Red army, Kiev, October 1944.

"When we got [to the enlistment office], a captain was sitting at the table […] When I went to the table, the captain filled out all the details in the documents in front of him and placed my soldier notebook aside, on another corner of the table, separate from the others. He did the same with Nisl Izrailevich, whose soldier booklet was placed on mine, and with Yosl Meyer Feldman.

Yosl Meyer did not like that, and he asked the captain to place our notebooks in the general pile. The captain lifted his head, looked at Yosl Meyer, and said "'as you wish', and placed our notebooks together with the others. He told us that the next morning a train would be leaving for Ovruch, and that it would take us to where we could join the Red Army. That made us very happy. We wanted to volunteer and continue our fight against the Germans.

At dinner that evening, the captain came over and sat down with us.

'Sholem,' – he said. 'From your names, I knew that you were Jews, so I put your notebooks on the side. I did not want to send you to the front. I am also Jewish. I wanted to send you to work at the partisan HQ in Kiev. Why did you insist on joining the others?

'Thank you very much for your good intentions,' we answered, 'but we are going to volunteer for the Red Army. We must continue to fight.'

'As you want, I wish you to succeed' he said and got up."[1]

 

[1] Kopel Kolpanizki, Nigzar le-hayim: Mered geto Lahva. Misrad ha-Bitahon, 1999, pp. 147-148.