Lev Borisovich Vilensky was born on May 24, 1926 in Leningrad, Russia. Enemy bombs hit home in blockaded Leningrad, killing his mother, and at the age of 16 he was orphaned. He volunteered for the army. Vilensky was wounded and contused five times, running back to the front lines after each. Fighting with the 60th Army he participated in the liberation of Auschwitz. Promoted to the rank of lieutenant, Vilensky served as machine gun platoon commander, and was awarded two Orders of the Great Patriotic War and an Order of the Red Star. Vilensky demobilized in 1946. Interview recorded in Potsdam, Germany, 2005. 

Not succumbing to those who did not like the word Jew.

Liberation of Auschwitz.

When the cult of Stalin was exposed we didn't believe it.

Berlin on May 24, 1945