1. Sumit316 says

    > On January 27, 1945, **he used his T-34 Soviet tank to mow down the electric fence of Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland, helping to set prisoners in the death camp free.**

    > “We hardly knew anything about Auschwitz,” he said, recounting that day in an interview in 2015 with Sueddeutsche daily.

    > But he saw “skeletons everywhere.”

    > “They staggered out of the barracks, sat and lay among the dead. Terrible. We threw them all our canned food and immediately went on to hunt down the fascists,” he said.

    > Only after the end of the war did he learn about the scale of the atrocities in the camp.

    A legend and an inspiration. R.I.P

  2. LesterBePiercin says

    How strange it is. Growing up, war vets were just old guys. Now they’re 100 and will soon be all gone.

  3. sveme says

    His life is actually a really interesting story. Born to a Jewish father in Danzig shortly after it became the free city, but with a German population, later on becoming a Russian soldier fighting against the German aggressor, liberating Auschwitz, then becoming a fencing trainer and participating in several Olympics. He died in his later hometown of Munich, the city where arguably Auschwitz took its beginning by providing Hitler with his first followers.

    A real life of the twentieth century. Rest in peace.

  4. timhamilton47 says

    My neighbor, Bill Keyes, just turned 100 last month and was a member of the all-Black 761st Tank Battalion who were among the liberators of Dachau. He has a WW2 museum set up in his garage with tons of flags and weapons that they seized from the Germans and the Soviets. He’s still razor-sharp and tells a hell of a story.

  5. giocondasmiles says

    A hero. Rest In Peace.

  6. Queef_Burgers says

    > Dushman, a Red Army soldier who later became an international fencer, died yesterday, said the International Olympic Committee in a brief statement.

    Damn. A hero and a professional athlete.

  7. MerchantsOfMisery says

    > “They staggered out of the barracks, sat and lay among the dead. Terrible. We threw them all our canned food and immediately went on to hunt down the fascists,” he said.

  8. under_the_black_sun says

    It’s important that as these people slowly pass, we do not let the horrors of war die with them.

  9. lemon_lime2000 says

    The word ‘Dushman’ in Hindi means enemy or someone to be feared.

    It makes me smile to think that the guy who came to fight the SS guards and liberate Auschwitz in a legendary manner also had a fitting name to strike fear into the hearts of some of the worst people to inhabit planet earth, especially since they stole Hindu religious symbols as well.

  10. -The-Magic-8-Ball- says

    It’s going to be sad when the last WW2 veterans die out, they are such a big part of history and have a lot to teach and tell to younger generations.

  11. meganuff says

    not so fun fact: those medals and stripes from picture are forbidden here in Ukraine , and you can get into prison for wearing them

  12. noodle-face says

    Can you imagine coming across those camps and just going “what the FUCK”

    I don’t even know how id process that

  13. saviourQQ says

    How many people are in a tank division? I know an infantry division is many thousands. Article says he was one of 69 survivors of the war from his tank division which sounds like an insane casualty rate.

    Edit: update from u/FewAnimals its mistranslation from original, he is one of 69 survivors from the tank battalion (in US at least this is 3 – 5 companies which is at least several hundred men) so still very bad but not like less than 1% survival rate.

  14. Adan714 says

    Found document for one of his orders in our database.


    Rank: Sergeant
    Born in 1923
    In the Red Army since 1941
    Place of service: 303 Rifle Regiment 69 Rifle Division
    Order of Glory III class
    Description of the feat:
    On 9.07.44, in the battle for the Albertin railway station in the Baranovichi region, Comrade Dushman, moving forward, with accurate fire from his mortar destroyed two enemy firing points, while destroying 10 German soldiers.

  15. WillSmithsDumboEars says

    May his brave soul rest in peace

  16. anarchistica says

    From an article in [ZD](https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/kz-befreier-david-dushman-der-mann-der-den-zaun-von-auschwitz-niederwalzte-1.2321968?reduced=true):

    >Zu einer Gedenkfeier nach Auschwitz wurde David Dushman nie eingeladen, doch er würde ohnehin nicht kommen. “Ich könnte nicht aufhören zu weinen.”


    > David Dushman was never invited to a memorial in Auschwitz, but he wouldn’t have come anyway. “I couldn’t stop crying”.

    His father actually died in a workcamp ten years after being purged by Stalin in 1938.

    Dushman was the trainer of the women’s fencing team that won gold at the 1960 Olympics.

    He was in the Olympic Village in 1972 when Israeli athletes were held hostage and killed by Palestinian terrorists.

    In 1996 he moved to Germany as part of a program that allowed Jews from the former Soviet Union to immigrate freely.

    (from [German Wikipedia](https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Dushman))

  17. sheepsleepdeep says

    I wonder how many Russian vets are left…

    As an American I think about how few vets we have left. The youngest American WW2 vet is 95 years old. There’s less than 100k left of the 16m who served in the armed forces. Three years ago it was ~400,000.

    Today is the anniversary of D-Day. And today I always think about the sign at the entrance to the cemetery at Omaha Beach. At the top of cliff overlooking the beach, out to the sea from which 100,000 strangers came ashore to save the world, is a sign that greets you before you enter the resting place of 10,000 of them.


    *Look how many of them there were*

    *Look how young they were*

    *They died for your freedom*

    *Hold back your tears and keep silent.*

  18. BulbasaurCPA says

    May his memory be a blessing

  19. NavajoSmite says

    A quote from Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Buchenwald camp, discussing liberation.

    “The terrifying silence terminated by abrupt yelling. The first American soldiers, their faces ashen. Their eyes… I shall never forget their eyes. Your eyes. You looked and you looked. You could not move your gaze away from us. It was as though you sought to alter reality with your eyes. They reflected astonishment, bewilderment, endless pain and anger. Yes, anger above all. Rarely have I seen such anger, such rage contained, mute, yet ready to burst with frustration, humiliation, utter helplessness. Then, I remember, you broke down, you wept. You wept and wept uncontrollably, unashamedly. You were our children then, for we – the 12-year-old, the 16-year-old boys in Buchenwald and Theresienstadt and Mauthausen – knew so much more than you about life and death, man and his endeavors, God and His silence. You wept. We could not. We had no more tears left. We had nothing left. In a way we were dead, and knew it.

    Quote taken from William Hitchcock, The Bitter Road to Freedom, pg. 308.

  20. BruceBanning says

    My grandfather was a captain in the 82nd airborne. They liberated a lesser concentration camp. He said that was, by far, the worst part of the war, worse than gliding in behind enemy lines and fighting his way to France, worse than watching his best friends die in the dirt. These men are heroes. Let’s never forget their sacrifices and the lessons they’ve learned.

  21. likesloudlight says

    “*When we met in 1970, he immediately offered me friendship and counsel, despite Mr Dushman’s personal experience with World War II and Auschwitz, and he being a man of Jewish origin,*” said Mr Bach, who is German.

    It’s just sweat, I’m not crying.

  22. Hazmater_of_fact says

    “We immediately went to hunt down the fascists”. Dudes got bullets in heads, that day. Ooof

  23. Misentro says

    RIP to a hero. If it weren’t for the sacrifices of brave people like him my grandparents would have died in a camp and I wouldn’t be here today.

  24. kylorensgrandfather says

    Hopefully we never forget.

  25. jaggedcanyon69 says

    I’m pissed that he was the last one and he died while there are still Nazis in their 90s ‘n shit kicking around.

  26. purpleflurp69 says

    Never forget.

  27. Basketspank says

    Died watching the world decend back into the same mess he helped fight against.

  28. Ricothebuttonpusher says

    In a few years, every survivor of WW2 will be gone. Crazy.

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