Stanislav Mikhailovich Severinovsky was born on October 22, 1925 in Odessa. In 1941 he evacuated to Chelyabinsk and worked as an electric welder at a factory repairing tanks.  In 1944 he completed machine-gun training and in the rank of junior lieutenant Severinovsky was sent to the 2nd Belorussian Front. Commander of “Maxim” machine-gun platoon, he participated in Operation Bagration, crossing the Narev River and fighting on the Narev Bridgehead. During offensives in Poland, Severinovsky was among the first units to enter Treblinka. Wounded in January 1945, he celebrated victory in Minsk. Interview recorded in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2010.  

"For Stalin! For the Motherland!" The reality of going into combat.

Blooming fodder grass in the fields surrounding the death camp of Treblinka.

Individual experience, witnessing atrocities, and feelings of revenge.

An artillery barrage and helmets filled with sour cream.

Baked apples in the trees and a change in policy: from "Kill the German!" to "Fight the fascists!"