Efim Moiseyevich Stolyarsky was born on March 18, 1923 in the village of Popil’nya, Ukraine. In 1942, having completed artillery school, Stolyarsky was deployed to the Northwestern Front in the rank of lieutenant. He participated in breaking through the Leningrad blockade, commanded 152mm howitzer gun battery, and beginning in 1944 commanded anti-tank gun divisions. Stolyarsky was seriously wounded near Riga. He was awarded with two Orders of the Red Star, Order of the Patriotic War, and two Medals “For Battle Merit.” After the war ended, Stolyarsky continued his military service in Leningrad and in the Far East. He emigrated to the US in 1991. Interview was recorded in Los Angeles on March 9, 2009.  

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A young commander earns the respect of his older subordinates.

In a field hospital, a caring surgeon treats Efim Stolyarsky.

Efim Stolyarsky refuses a direct order.