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RP76DL
Vladimir (Diktor Levitan - golos Pobedy)

Vladimirskaya oblast

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Yuri Levitan: the main voice of Victory.

Those who do not know the name of Yuri Levitan, most likely, heard the phrase "From the Soviet Information Bureau", with which he began his radio reports from the fronts.

Levitan's voice became one of the symbols of the Great Patriotic War and Victory.

The legend attributes to Adolf Hitler a furious exclamation: "The first thing I will do when I take Moscow is to hang Levitan!ยป

The voice of this man has become truly legendary, bringing its owner fame, honor and building a successful professional career. A rare talent, even a gift, made Yuri Levitan a guest in every house in the entire Soviet Union. He brought happy and sad news to every family, and provided information about important documents of national significance.

Speaker Levitan became the voice of an entire era in the history of the country, having survived together with everyone one of the most difficult trials that the Soviet people had to overcome. The phrase "Moscow Speaks" has become a trademark of Yuri Borisovich.

Levitan's real name and patronymic at birth is Yudka Berkovich. He was born in 1914 in the city of Vladimir. The nationality of the family was well-known both by appearance and by name-Jews. The boy grew up short, rather thin, with very wild curly hair.

From a very young age, Yuri stood out among his peers with an incredibly strong voice โ€“ he was often asked by neighbors to call their children home, and then Levitan's voice could be heard even across the river.

Perhaps the world would never have known about Levitan if fate itself had not prompted him to try his hand at working on the radio. On the way from the tryouts to the technical school, Yuri saw a nondescript announcement that a set of announcers had opened. He decided to try his luck and did not lose.

Of course, the admissions committee didn't take the kid seriously at first. He appeared before the commission as a nondescript young man, in sports clothes and with an incomprehensible hairstyle. Moreover, he had a strong regional accent. However, Levitan's voice struck professionals-it was so clear, strong and drawling, the timbre was rare, almost unique. He was immediately offered an internship on the radio as part of a group of students at the Radio Committee.

One such night became a defining moment for Yuri Borisovich. Out of habit, he regularly and carefully read the newspapers on the air, voicing the agenda of the upcoming day in the country. And he didn't know that at this very moment the main man of the country was listening to his nightly broadcast.

It is well known that the head of the Soviet Union worked at night with the radio on. And the confident, rich and impressive voice of Levitan was heard and highly appreciated by Joseph Stalin himself. Iosif Vissarionovich urgently called the head of the Radio Committee and said that his report for the Party Congress on the radio should be read out by this announcer, this "voice".

The next day, Yuri, who was incredibly agitated and almost on the verge of fainting from nerves, was seated to read Stalin's report live. For a long five hours, the announcer carried out this task without once getting lost or making a mistake. So, in fact, in one day, Levitan became the main voice of the country.

Voice of Victory

The most difficult period of Levitan's work was, of course, the period from 1941 to 1945. It was he who, overcoming his own fear and horror, loudly informed the people of the country that Hitler had declared war on the Union. It was Levitan who reported all the information about the course of the battles, received around the clock from the Soviet information bureau.

For five long years, he worked virtually without rest โ€“ with him, the inhabitants of the Soviet Union woke up and fell asleep. The soldiers at the front, the workers in the rear and the evacuated people, people in the occupied cities listened to the voice of Yuri Borisovich.

In 1941, Yuri was evacuated from the capital to Sverdlovsk, together with him went to work in complete secrecy announcer Olga Vysotskaya. They worked together at the microphone, informing the inhabitants of the USSR about the course of events, instilling in them hope and faith that victory is possible and feasible.

There is a legend that the association between Levitan and the imminent victory over the Germans was so strong among the people that Hitler called on his compatriots to find and neutralize the speaker, assigning a huge amount of money for his death.

In 1945, it was Levitan who announced the long-awaited victory over the enemy. This was logical โ€“ only Yuri Borisovich, who read out the declaration of the beginning of the war, could complete this sad part of the country's history.