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Moscow Press Tells of Jewish Heroism in the Defense of Sevastopol

The story of Jewish heroism in the besieged city of Sevastopol is told in the Moscow press today citing Israel Gribin, son of a Jewish colonist, as an example of bravery and determination.

When the commander of the detachment in which Gribin was fighting was killed by an enemy gun, the young Jew from the Kalinindorf Jewish settlement in the Crimea took over the command under the enemy’s fire and repelled two violent Nazi attacks inflicting heavy losses upon the Germans. Three times Gribin carried out reconnaissance deep in the rear of the enemy bringing valuable information, the Moscow newspapers state.

Major General Jacob Kreiser, who is one of the most beloved heroes in Russia, today asked the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee to add his name to the list of those who have appealed to the Jews in democratic countries to help raise a fund to purchase 1,000 tanks and 500 bombers as a gift from the Jews of the world to the Russian army. Captain Israel Fisanovitch, Jewish submarine commander who is credited with sinking eight Nazi transports and who is famous for his daring raids on Nazi ships in well-protected German harbors, today also asked the committee to add his name to the appeal.

Answers to this appeal have already been received by the committee from the Federation of Synagogues in Sydney, and also from Jewish organizations in the United States, England and Brazil.

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