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Oral history interview with Sheil Barkin

Oral History | Accession Number: 2020.210.2 | RG Number: RG-90.121.0002

Sheil Barkin, born in 1923 in Daugavpils, Latvia, discusses working as a general laborer on a dairy farm near Novosibirsk before he was old enough to join the army; joining the Latvian Red Army unit when he turned 18; his role as a heavy machine gunner in a Latvian Unit in the Soviet Army; serving on the Eastern Front; being wounded while fighting near Simonovo, Russia; spending the rest of the war recovering in army hospitals and a Latvian hospital in Yaroslavl; receiving the "Order of the Patriotic War" (1st and 2nd class) and the medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"; returning to Latvia and working in construction; and immigrating to Canada.

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Sheil Barkin
interview:  2014
creation: Vancouver (B.C.)
1 digital file : MOV.
1 digital file : MPG.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elen Steinberg on behalf of the Soviet Jewish Veterans Video Interviews and Memory Project
Record last modified: 2022-10-27 09:57:50
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