Khenkin Aba Moiseevich is a native of Bryansk. He is now 102 years old! Every time the volunteers visit him he simply amazes them, with the clarity of his thoughts and ability to tell incredibly interesting stories, despite his advanced age. Every time he adds some new details, funny stories or, on the contrary, the difficulties he encountered.
In the 20s of the 20th century, he lived in Bryansk and was an active parishioner of the synagogue. After he had graduated the history department of the Moscow State University, he went through the war as a counter-intelligence officer. After the war, he worked as a teacher in the Far East, and he was fired in the wake of state anti-Semitism. He could not find a job for a long time, until he got a job as a director of the museum of local history in Smolensk. In the 1990s, he returned to Bryansk and became an activist of Hesed. At the initiative of the Veterans Administration, he was awarded a commemorative medal dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bryansk.
Lyuba Agranova, coordinator of the volunteer center said:
“When I said that he was very handsome in military uniform, Aba Moiseevich replied that he was very scrupulous regarding this matter and did not waste his attention in vain.”