Heroes worked at all Norilsk enterprises
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Heroes worked at all Norilsk enterprises

January 13, 2021

Thirty years after the Victory, the war veterans were still working at all enterprises of the Norilsk combine.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The meetings of the veterans were held at the Combine’s Palace of Culture and the House of Technology. Colonels and lieutenant colonels, majors and captains, lieutenants, sergeants and privates in the reserve received congratulations on the stage and in the hall with orders and medals.

Private Roman Antoshuk succeeded not only in a partisan detachment, but also in the face of the first mine in Talnah, adding the Order of Lenin and the Gold Medal of the Hero of Socialist Labor to the Order of Glory of the 3rd degree and front-line medals.

Pavlina Bespalova, the legendary head physician of the Valyok dispensary, took the stage with the Order of the Red Star and the medal For Victory over Japan. Bespalova graduated from the medical institute in the spring of 1945, but managed to excel in the field of military epidemiology.

In 1975, there were many former front-line soldiers among the doctors. Zinaida Geller worked in dentistry: two orders of the Red Star and six medals testified that the senior lieutenant had reached Berlin. Their heroes were in the infectious diseases hospital, maternity hospital, children’s hospital, at the ambulance station. Major-order-bearer Alexander Karpushin was in charge of traumatology in the city hospital.

The prosecutor’s office, the city council, the research institute of agriculture of the Far North, the music school, the industrial institute, the air squadron, the military enlistment office – the generation of front-line soldiers worked everywhere.

But most of the veterans worked at the plant. At the Copper and Nickel plants, mines, the railroad, Norilskgeology and Norilskgasprom.

At the celebration in the House of Technology, a former front-line soldier, head of the legal department of the combine’s management Boris Rozin got into the frame. He went to the front at the age of 20, was wounded, ended the war with two military orders and medals.

The 30th anniversary of the Victory went down in the history of Norilsk with the creation of the monument to the Norilsk people who died on the fronts of the Great Patriotic War, and to those who worked in the rear, on the new Heroes Memory Square on Sevastopolskaya street. On the same day, a memorial to the Heroes of the Soviet Union was opened at the city cemetery.

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January 13, 2021

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