Gregory Tankhumovich Fein was born on April 18, 1921, in Prapojsk, Belarus. In 1939 he was drafted and sent to junior aviation specialist school. During the Russo-Finnish War (1939-1940), Fein participated in air combat as a gunner. After graduating from the Moscow Aviation Institute, Fein was assigned to an aviation engineer battalion. In 1941–1942, he participated in combat missions on the Il-2 attack aircraft. He received two Orders of the Red Star. After the war, Fein graduated from the Military Political Academy. In 1960 he retired from the army, earned a PhD in philosophy, and worked as head of the Department of Philosophy at the Odesa Institute of Communications until 1986. He emigrated to the US in 1996. The interview was recorded in Los Angeles in 2009.


Forbidden to practice Jewish religion and culture in the Soviet Union.

Rescuing the crew of a downed plane in the Russo-Finnish War, 1939.

Fein dedicates his military award to his beloved wife.