Leonid Borisovich Rozenberg was born on September 3, 1921 in Izyaslav, Ukraine. In 1939 he graduated high school and was accepted at the Kiev School of Artillery. Lieutenant Rozenberg was deployed into combat on the first day of the war, June 22, 1941. On June 25 he was wounded, but three weeks later he returned to his unit, rifle division, artillery regiment 339, where he participated in battles near Novorossiysk, battle of Kursk, crossing of the Dnieper River, and the liberation of Kiev and Belorussia. In 1944, in Bialystok Belorussia, Leonid Rozenberg encountered his father, a Captain in a bomber regiment, and learned that his mother, brother and sister were killed by the Nazis on September 10, 1941. On May, 4 1945, in Berlin, Rozenberg ascended to the top of the Reichstag. Awarded with the Order of the Red Banner, and with the Order of the Patriotic War. Rozenberg continued to serve in the military after the war. In 1991 he immigrated to the US, and has been serving as the President of the Association of Veterans & Invalids of WWII. Interview recorded in Brooklyn, 2007.

 

A son encounters his father at the front.

Germans attack and a race to organize artillery support.

 

A dream that came true: reaching the enemy's lair.