Celebrated Jewish WWII Vet Dies at 106

Stand for Israel  |  April 16, 2020

Yefim Haim Goldberg
Yefim Haim Goldberg

While it is sad to watch the last of those who served in World War II pass on to their heavenly reward, it is heartening to hear of lives lived well. Such is the case with this story, from our friends at JTA, who tell us of Yefim Haim Goldberg, who died at 106, after having been a war hero, a sailor, and a poet:

Yefim Haim Goldberg, a 106-year-old Jewish veteran of World War II who was honored frequently by the governments of Belarus and Russia, has died in Russia.

Goldberg served in the Red Army’s 36th Tank Brigade and the troops he commanded — he was in charge of a platoon — continued from the Belarusian front all the way to Berlin. His unit was among the ones sent to take the Reichstag, the parliament and seat of the Nazi German government.

Goldberg died Sunday at a hospital in Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, where he had been under observation for the past month, the website News VL reported.

That report and others in the Russian media did not say whether Goldberg died of the coronavirus…