Sunday, December 20, 2020

The Patriotic Lefands - Soviet WWII Records

My Lefand great-great grandmother came to America in the early twentieth century.  But she left many cousins behind in what was then the Russian Empire (and currently Ukraine).  And while my branch of the family fought for the United States during World War II, other branches fought for another one of the Allies--the Soviet Union.  And some of them left a paper trail--and sometimes photos as well!

Volf Lefand, Order of the Red Star

For example, my third cousin twice removed (Volf Lefand) received the Order of the Red Star.  There's even a citation that gets into his contributions in more detail.  Seems Volf exhibited some extreme bravery!

He also received awards "For the Defense of Leningrad" and "For Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945."

And there was a photo of him as well!  Here's what Cousin Volf looked like:

Volf Lefand

So where did I find all this on Volf (and other relatives as well)?  There's a great Russian-language website called Pamyat Naroda which memorializes those who fought in World War II.  If you don't read Russian, that's fine.  You can have the page automatically translated if you use Google Chrome, and figure out how to type your family's surname in Russian using Google Translate.  And then search away!

What have you found on your family? 

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