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For a long time at the front, I served side by side with the brigade commander Colonel N, who had graduated from a military academy before the war, a covert antisemite who even believed in the 'blood libel,' but at the same time had some degree of intelligence…. He constantly said me: 'All Jews are cowards!' I asked him: 'Comrade Colonel, in your brigade, batteries are commanded by Vaisbein, Iaroslavskii, Tishkovskii, and so on. One third of the brigade headquarter's platoon and one third of its reconnaissance are also Jews. As infantry men these people are always on the front lines. And how many of them have already been killed! Which of them is a coward?' N. replied: 'In my brigade, all the Jews are brave, but I heard about one or another, and in general....' No objective arguments could influence him.
Since I was the head of brigade reconnaissance, I always had to be with the brigade commander during meetings with the commanders of the rifle units that we supported with fire. I was shocked by the words of the brigade commander when he introduced me to the infantry commanders: 'This is my reconnaissance man. He is Jewish but he behaves like a Russian!'
Consider [also] Sasha K. – it was simply impossible to speak with him about this matter. Once volunteers were selected to cross a river and to seize a bridgehead. It was necessary to position nine reconnaissance officers at the bridgehead to adjust the fire. They faced certain death.... I said to K.: 'Battalion commander, what do you say? Of the nine volunteers, there are five Jews.'"
In response, Krasik heard from him: 'These are not real Jews. In general, they are all hiding from the front line in Tashkent [Central Asia!]….'
Because of my naivety and youth, I constantly rushed into the heat of battle -- to prove to the antisemites that they were mistaken."
"There were moments when all my patriotism was almost destroyed by a single sentence. The commander of the artillery of the army was due to visit us for an inspection. Usually, during such inspections, shooting was tested, for example, by firing two shells at a target, etc. Successful shooting was always rewarded. The brigade commander asked me to select a battalion commander for the shooting demonstration. I said to him: 'Comrade Colonel, why do we need to select anyone? Here is Semion Vaisbein, the best artilleryman in the division. He has been at the front since the first day of the war. He shoots like a god.' The brigade commander immediately interrupted, saying: 'Fuck your mother! Are you fucking crazy?! The commander cannot stand Jews!'."
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