Pupils of the KhBF Youth Club “Hesed Besht” and volunteers “Community” visited with the visits of veterans of the Second World War. Unfortunately, there are very few such people left. Most of them complain of feeling bad under the pressure of relentless time. But to the guests, a, especially, to children, they are always happy. In turn, the children prepared creative souvenirs for the liberators, made in the fine arts studio of the Community Center “Thiya”.
Yukhym Haimovich Lerner was extremely happy for the guests. Unfortunately, nor see them, nor normal to hear, he couldn't anymore. A social worker of the KhBF is currently helping the veteran “Hesed Besht”, without which a man cannot live. Descendants of the hero live abroad and repeatedly tried to take the elder of the family, but Yukhym Khaimovich – a veteran with character, he is not going to leave his native land. Because the senses fail, the most important source of receiving information from the outside for a man remains touch. So shake the hand of this veteran – not just honorable, but also extremely informative. Despite his bad health, the elderly man was sincerely happy and thanked the guests, conveyed greetings by name to almost all employees of the Foundation, whom he remembers and thanked for supporting him throughout his life.
Oleksandr Israelovich Shmaenik and his wife Roza Akimivna welcomed the guests with treats and sweets. Live communication with representatives of Jewish youth is very important for them. The topic of the war receded into the background, while an elderly couple questioned Youth Club member Maria Rosenblit about that, what are young people living now?. “Nowadays, traditions and customs have been silenced, – says Roza Akimivna, – but the younger generation learns and knows everything from childhood”. The warm meeting left pleasant memories for all its participants.
But three children came to Arkady Petrovych Weiner at once. His story deserves a larger audience: recently he told it to the students of the College of Finance and Economics. The occupiers tried to shoot the young Jewish boy four times, but they never brought the black case to the end. “I will not go into the pit, – says Arkady Petrovych. – I decided so, and if I was already to be killed, only in battle.” It was this position in life that saved the young man in many ways, adding strength to fight for life. 1943 year, having reached conscription age, he immediately joined the ranks of the Red Army, to still have time to remind the occupiers about themselves.
Veterans, who could not receive guests in their home due to their health, received postcards through patronage workers. The youth bow low to the veterans for their exploits, thanks to which we now live and develop.