Arnold Fabrikant: “Jewish Soldier’s Red Star”

With an introduction and epilogue narrated by Sixty Minutes correspondent Morley Safer, here is a story, produced by Brad Rothschild and Gustavo Villalonga in New York, of a Soviet Jewish soldier from the Ukrainian city of Odessa.

Arnold Fabrikant introduces us to his parents, who were both doctors. When war came, Arnold’s father served as surgeon in Kiev, and rather than be taken prisoner by the Germans, shot himself. While Arnold’s mother fled to Central Asia during the war, Arnold served in an artillery unit and fought all the way to the center of Berlin.

At war’s end, Arnold went looking for his girlfriend Natasha. When they married, they were so poor Arnold had only his army uniform; Nathasha’s shoe soles were made of wood.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Arnold became an active member in the Front Line Veteran’s Committee, where elderly Jewish veterans meet each month and talk of the times when these Jews fought the Nazis– and won.