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40th Anniversary Defense of Leningrad medal awarded to a World War II veteran

Object | Accession Number: 2003.449.3

Defense of Leningrad medal awarded to Ilya Yoffe in 1985, to recognize his service as an officer in the Soviet Army during the 900 day Siege of Leningrad. The medal was awarded to over 1.4 million people. The gilded spire of the Admiralty building is one of Saint Petersburg’s most famous landmarks and is represented on the medal. On June 22,1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Ilya Yoffe was an enlisted student at the political military school in Bryansk. After completing his military education in February 1942, he fought on the First Baltic Front from April to May 1943 where he took part in the defense of Leningrad. In early 1945, he was transferred to the 269th Guard Rifle Regiment of the 88th Guard Rifle Division. From April 1945 until the end of the war, Lieutenant Yoffe fought on the First Belorussian Front. His regiment fought in the Battle of Berlin where he participated in street to street combat, capturing three fortified houses in the city and apprehending thirty German prisoners. After the conclusion of the war, Ilya moved to Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg).

received:  1985
received: Soviet Union
depiction: Saint petersburg (Russia)
Military Insignia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ilya Yoffe
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:28:38
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