Accession consists of two photographs documenting Lev Mikhailovich Pikus's involvment with the partisans in the Brest Underground during the Second World War. Included is one photograph of Lev meeting with other partisans in Minsk in 1965. Identified are (left to right): Alexander Poliakov, Vasily Nesterenko, Lev Pikus, Alexandra Nesterenko, and Tzila Vladiminova. Also included is one portrait of Lev in military uniform that was taken in 1985.
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.
Lev was fourteen when the Second World War began and living in Brest, Belarusia. He joined the Brest Underground (podpolye), which was linked to partisan detachment. As part of his service in the underground he collected arms and sent them to partisans and spread anti-Nazi leaflets among the Brest population. Under the cover of a beggar, he went to railway stations to collect information about Nazi trains. He sent this information to the partisans so they could blow up the trains.