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Former fighter pilot 'never showed fear'
Shot down four times in the war, he later defected from the Russians, then sneaked back into the U.S.S.R. to bring out his future wife
Ari Altstedter, Ottawa Citizen; Postmedia News
Published: Sunday, October 02 2011
On June 22, 1941, 16-year-old Joseph Halpern kissed Isabelle, his girlfriend, good night and went home to bed. A few hours later he awoke to the sound of artillery fire.
Joseph was one of six boys from Wladimir Wolynsk, a half-Jewish town on the Soviet side of occupied Poland, whom the Soviet authorities had flagged for air force training if the Germans attacked. The artillery fire meant training was about to begin and Joseph set off right away. He would never see Isabelle again.
Save for five people, the entire Jewish community of Wladimir Wolynsk was liquidated. That night left Joseph Halpern with two things: a score to settle with the Germans, and an aching memory of his first love that would last the rest of his life.