Survivors and Rescuers
Zinaida Klimanovskaia
Leonid Serebriakov
Fenia Kleiman
Mikhail Felíberg
Mikhail Rossinskii
Iurii Pinchuk
Mariia Zanvelevich
Bronislava Fuks
Mariia Golídberg
Evgenia Podolskaia
Polina Belískaia
Tsilia Shport
Irina Maksimova
Mariia Egorycheva-Glagoleva

Leonid Serebriakov

Born in 1922, in Tarashcha, in the former Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Leonid worked as a teacher before the war. In June 1941, he voluntarily enlisted in the Soviet army and took part in the military defense of the Dnieper River.

During the military retreat of his unit, Leonid was captured as a prisoner of war and marched to a POW camp in Gogolev. Posing as a gentile, Leonid evaded the executions of Jewish POWs in the camp. He escaped from the camp in October 1941, but was soon arrested and deported to STALAG 339, a POW Camp in Darnitsa. A few months later, he escaped from the camp and lived under false identity until his arrest and deportation to STALAG 345, a POW Camp in Smela. He escaped again and lived under false identity in Ukraine and Byelorussia. Arrested in Byelorussia, Leonid was put in a prison in

Klimovichi and subsequently transferred to a POW Camp in Krichev, where he was forced to work on the reconstruction of a cement plant. In 1943, Leonid escaped yet again and joined Partisan Regiment 13, which operated in the Vitebsk region of Belarus and the Smolensk region of Russia. The group assisted the 3rd Byelorussian Front of the Soviet armed forces in the liberation of Byelorussia.

"There were no idlers or freeloaders. Everyone had a job. We had two saddlers, three blacksmiths, and one guy who made coats from animal hidesÖ"
L. Serebriakov

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