Yefim Stolyarsky


Age: 94

president of the Los Angeles Association of Veterans of World War II, a dwindling group of Russian-speaking immigrant veterans, from 1996 until March 2017 who served 30 years in the Red Army when he was a division commander and a squad leader before rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel during the war, who was twice wounded as he battled to help prevent the Nazis from seizing St. Petersburg (then known as Leningrad) during an 872-day siege of the city, but who retired from the military in the late 1960's and immigrated to the U.S. in 1991 as a refugee from the former Soviet republic of Moldova, where Russians and Jews faced hostility and discrimination after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Cause of Death: Brain tumor

Born: 1923

Died: September 10, 2017

Los Angeles, California