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Kamil Dadashev

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It all started when Lyudmyla Petrenko, Outreach Director for Sabes JCC, suggested that we could create a photo-video editorial coverage about former Soviet citizens who were recipients of the VOICE program she was in charge of. Little did we know that majority of those people were veterans of The Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. We interviewed 18 veterans – our true unsung heroes, a plethora of characters, destinies and among them such unique individuals as 2 surviving participants in the Victory Parade in 1945on Red Square in Moscow who are unbelievable treasure for Minneapolis, Minnesota and the United States as a nation. Several of those interviewees lost their family members to Jewish pogroms during Nazi occupation of the Soviet Union or their family perished in Nazi concentration camps. Some of these veterans lived through the Siege of Leningrad during the war when starvation forced people to the extremes of cannibalism…

Recording these stories, being part of documenting lifeline of the fading away generation is an ultimate honor for my brother and I, for our own family who has war veterans too. This project has an important significance – one of the veterans we interviewed has just passed away – George Semashko. In his honor, in memory of his war comrades we must preserve these memories.

Kamil Dadashev
Producer and Director of Photography

Photo by Kamil Dadashev

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