Accession consists of four copy photographs printed on printer paper, as well as two digital photos scanned from original images. The photos are of Alexei in military dress as well as his brother and sister-in-law, Simion and Maria Shtern.
Digital images scanned from originals loaned as part of the Russian Jewish War Veteran oral history project. Originals were returned to donor.
Alexei Shtern was born in Odessa in 1922. He was eighteen years old at the outbreak of the Second World War and served as a Sergeant Major in the Soviet Tank Troops. He was wounded in the Battle of Stalingrad and was sent to hospital in Ufa. He was later staioned in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and from there, Shtern was sent to a tank building plant in Nizhniy Tagil. He participated in the battles of Rzhev, on the Second Belarusian Front and on the Third Belarusian Front, which went on to liberate Riga, East Germany and Kaliningrad. There he was again wounded and stayed two months in hosptial before being wounded again in Danzig at the end of the War in Europe. Shtern went on to fight in Japan until the surrender in August 1945 effectively ended the Second World War. He returned to Zagorsk, near Moscow, and participated in the Victory Parade.
In January 1946, Shtern was sent home to Odessa where he found his home in ruins. He went to a family cottage closeby and was reunited with his three borthers. In total, Shtern served for 11 years in the Soviet military before being demobilized in 1953. He moved to Canada in 1987 from Brooklyn, New York.