Yuriy Borisovich Dubovtisky was born on November 22, 1923 in Pryluky, Ukraine. In 1929 the family moved to Simferopol, where he completed high school before war erupted. After war broke out, Dubovitsky evacuated to Fergana together with his mother. Drafted in February 1942, he was sent to train at the Tashkent mortar and machine gun military school, and then deployed to the Stalingrad Front, were he fought with anti-tank and machine gun units. When wounded for the third time in January 1943 in the Battle of Stalingrad, he forced himself to walk across the frozen Volga River to reach medical assistance. Awarded with two Orders of the Great Patriotic War for his participation in combat around Stalingrad's tractor factory, Dubovitsky was also awarded the Order of Glory for capturing a German officer on an intelligence mission. In 1944 Dubovitsky returned to Kharkov. While working at the Malyshev Factory in heavy equipment production, he graduated from the Kharkov Institute of Culture and completed courses in commodities research at the Kharkov Institute of Economics. Dubovitsky immigrated to the US in 1994. Interview was recorded in Southfield, MI, in 2007.


3,500 cadets deployed to Stalingrad.

Discharged from the hospital, Dubovitsky’ search and reunion with mom. 

Yuriy Dubovitsky sings Dark is the Night, a famous Russian song associated with the Great Patriotic War, originally performed by mark Bernes in the 1943 war film Two Soldiers.

Wounded in Stalingrad, crossing a frozen Volga River.

Capturing a German officer and his military operation plans.