Vladimir Mikhailovich Gutkin was born on June 24, 1926, in Kamyanets-Podilsky, Ukraine. In 1935, his family moved to Moscow. At the start of 1944, he volunteered to join the Red Army. Upon graduating from a junior signal commander school, Gutkin was assigned to the communications regiment of the 329th Fighter Aviation Division, providing communications between the division’s headquarters and the headquarters of the 4th Air Army. He celebrated Victory Day in the German city of Gabert. After the war, Gutkin continued his service in Germany and in Poland until his demobilization in 1951. He then went on to graduate from a youth shift school and then Moscow Institute of Communications where he received a PhD. Gutkin worked in industrial enterprises, research institutes, and the Faculty of Psychology at Moscow State University. In 1989, Gutkin emigrated to the US. The interview was recorded in New York on March 3, 2009.

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A 17-year-old became head of a communications unit.

Celebrating Victory on May 2, 1945, in Gabert, Germany.