Yuliy Lvovich Pinsky was born on April 25, 1923, in Kyiv, Ukraine. In July 1941, he was drafted into the army. His parents were killed in Babi Yar. As a gunner of 150mm howitzers, Pinsky fought on the 1st Belorussian and Leningrad Fronts, participated in crossing the Kerch Strait, the Crimean Offensive, the assault on Mount Sapun, and the encirclement of the Courland Pocket, and was awarded medals "For Courage" and "For the Defense of the Caucasus." After demobilizing in 1947, he graduated from the Plekhanov Institute of National Economy and worked as project planning engineer and department head. He emigrated to the US in 1992. The interview was recorded in Los Angeles on March 11, 2009.


Assault of Mount Sapun in 1944.

“We saw sticks with white rags and I realized the war was over.”

Serving as bait during the Crimean Offensive.