Yakov Voloshyn

Yakov Voloshyn
+
  • Photo taken in:
    Kiev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1948
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
This is me as an employee of the Kiev newspaper Sovietskiy Selianin (Soviet villager). This photo was taken in Kiev in 1948. My last day at the front was a battle for a hill in late fall of 1943. At that time the Germans got a new powerful cannon called ?Big Bertha?. It fired not far from me and from then on I didn't remember anything. I regained consciousness in the medical unit. I couldn't hear or talk. I stayed six months in this hospital. In March 1944 they released me and told me to go home. Kiev was already liberated. I got a food package and tickets to go home. I went to work in 1945. I worked with the Soviet Villager newspaper. This was a newspaper of the Central Committee of the Party published in Ukrainian for the Western regions of Ukraine, annexed to the USSR after the war: Moldova, Bukovina, Subcarpathia. In the late 1940s this newspaper ceased publication and gave way for a new newspaper: 'Kolkhoznoye Selo' [Kolkhoz village]. This was also a Central Committee newspaper and published in a bigger format. It was published in Russian and Ukrainian. I worked a lot to support the family. Besides working for the newspaper I also worked freelance in other editorial offices. I took retouch orders and gave photographs back at the scheduled time, receiving my payment. I also painted covers for books and magazines. Some time after the war we received monthly allowances for military awards. Then this privilege was cancelled 'at the request of the working people' as it was usually explained at the pretence that veterans didn't want any privileges.

Interview details

Interviewee: Yakov Voloshyn
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2003
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Yakov Voloshyn
Year of birth:
1915
City of birth:
Uman, Cherkasy province
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
before WW II:
Journalist/editor
after WW II:
Journalist/editor

More photos from this country

Aron and Lisa Gehtmann
Meyer Goldstein with his Jewish friends
Esphir Libina and her friend
Semyon Nezhynski with his wife Irina Nezhynskaya at a Purim celebration
glqxz9283 sfy39587stf02 mnesdcuix8
glqxz9283 sfy39587stf03 mnesdcuix8