Abram Yevseyevich Kipnis was born on May 15, 1925, in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 1941 his family evacuated to Rostov Oblast and then to Kostanay, Kazakhstan. In 1943 Kipnis was drafted and enrolled in an anti-aircraft machine gun school. After six months of training, the cadets were sent to the front. Kipnis fought in Belarus and was heavily wounded in both legs near Babruysk. Unable to move, he was discovered two days later and taken to an evacuation hospital, where his left leg was amputated. After discharge, Kipnis worked as an accountant. He emigrated to the US in 1978. The interview was recorded in Los Angeles in 2009. 

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“I was at the front for three months and returned home a disabled veteran.”