David Dushman, the last surviving Soviet soldier who helped liberate Auschwitz in World War II, died Saturday. He is 98 years old.
The former soldier died at the Munich hospital, according to the Jewish community in Munich and Upper Bavaria.
Charlotte Knobloch, a former head of Germany’s Central Jewish Council, says Red Army soldiers were right on the front lines when the national social killing machine was destroyed.
“Every witness to history is lost, but talking to Ola to David Dushman is very painful.”
More than half a million people, mostly Jews, were killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau between 1940 and 1945.
Dushman, aboard his T-34 on January 27, 1945, translated the electric fence around the Nazi death toll.
“They have fallen from the sea, they have been sitting and lying among the dead. Terrible. We threw all our canned food at them and drove away, to hunt fascists, ”he said.
“Skeletons are everywhere,” he said.
After the war, Dushman trained the Soviet men’s national team for four decades.
He also frequently visited schools to talk to students about the dangers of genocide.
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