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Uncle Itshe volunteers

The solemn music playing from the loudspeaker on a pole in the town square died down and a voice crackled through the radio static. “Attention. Moscow is speaking.” The hour was noon on June 22, 1941. All morning long, townspeople had been milling around, sharing rumors about the outbreak of war between Germany and the USSR. I was aged 10 at the time. I jostled in the crowd to find a listening spot...


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