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The last of the great partisans, who located Hitler's "wonder weapon", returns to the war that took away his feelings and identity, but failed to rob him of his values as a human being.The last of the great partisans, who located Hitler's "wonder weapon", returns to the war that took away his feelings and identity, but failed to rob him of his values as a human being.The last of the great partisans, who located Hitler's "wonder weapon", returns to the war that took away his feelings and identity, but failed to rob him of his values as a human being.
- (as Pavel Aldoshin)
Leonid Berenstein I have never heard of this individual before watching this film although his history may be known in other Countries where he lived. Astonishing that this man born into a Ukrainian Jewish family played such a pivotal role after many months of searching and gathering intelligence found the location of the German V2 site located in Debica, Poland. Which we all know then leads to many scientists ending up in either the United States or the Soviet Union and went on to develop the science of rockets and space exploration. Only now do we learn about this man who joined the Red Army in 1939 and became a Commander of a Partisan in the Ukrainian in 1943 operating behind enemy lines blowing up Nazi Trains and gathering intelligence from local populations. This group expanded to around 200 men and a woman radio operator joined by Polish, Slovakians and Czechs and at one time freeing 100 Soviet prisoners from a German Camp. He eventually reached the Rank of Colonel and was also decorated for his exploits throughout the War where on one occasion his group freed 100 Soviet prisoners from a German Camp. Witnessing many German atrocities he became hardened as an individual but also very determined to carry out his duty to his Country. He married Zatwarnica Bieszczady his radio operator during his service and also lived for a time in the early Nineties in Kyiv becoming Deputy Chairman of the Ukraine-Israel Association. In 1993 he moved to Israel and lived in a tiny flat and also did not receive that much support or a war pension really unbelievable for a man who did so much in the service of his Country but this is often the case for many War Veterans. Simon Schechter, a screenwriter at Metaphor, had been researching Leonid Bernstein for years for this documentary film with the support of the Israeli Broadcasting Authority. The film features Berenstein himself taking to camera about his life and War experiences interspersed by filmed reconstruction of some of his group's key actions. Ukrainian actor Yaroslav Kucherenko a close look-a-like of Berenstein acts his part in the featured action sequences. It does of course state that it is 'based on a true story' so may not be entirely accurate in the story itself but many of the operations featured are true facts. Berenstein passed away in 2019 and thankfully for his family and offspring they have this film as a legacy of his wartime service. Well worth a watching.
- Jan 25, 2023
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