Accession consists of photographs documenting Isaak Kogan's participation in the Russian military during the Second World War. Included are two photographs of Isaak at the Moscow hospital where soldiers were being treated for wounds to their legs and heads. One photograph is a portrait taken of Isaak while he was being treated here (16 Aug. 1944) and the other shows his father, also named Isaak and a captain who served in Berlin, visiting him on 14 August 1944. There is also one photograph of Isaak standing with his father and cousin Zachar Mendelson (served as an officer in the Soviet army) in Kiev just after the war ended on December 25,1946.
Accession also consists of one portrait of Isaak that was taken in Toronto on the sixtieth anniversay of the end of the war (2005), and one group portrait of Isaak with other Russian veterans who live in his apartment building at 6101 Bathurst Street (2008). Identified in the photograph is: (back row left to right) Vladimir (?) (a partisan during the war), Lev Pikus (partisan), Isaak Kogan, and (?). Bottom row (left to right): Anna Khaliavskaya, Mrs. Lev Pikus, and Sophia (?). This photograph currently hangs in the building's recreation room.
Records were loaned to the Archives for copying as part of the Russian Jewish War Veterans oral history program. The originals were returned to the donor.
Isaak Kogan was born in 1926 in Ukraine. He was fifteen when the war began, and was evacuated to Cheliabink, Ural. In 1943, he was drafted to the Belarusian Front. He served in the infantry as a submachine gunner. During a hard fight for the village of Butino, he was wounded in both legs and the fragments still remain in his legs today. He was injured two more times during the war and was demobilized in 1944. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife.