Recently, I wrote an article about one of the young heroes, whose name is now forever connected with Kerch - about Volodya Dubinin. However, there were other equally desperate boys (and girls too) who also fought bravely and selflessly against the fascist invaders. In the same Kerch, in particular, it was possible to fight the same age as Volodya - Vita Novitsky. However, the name of this boy is associated with another southern city - Novorossiysk.
If the article about Volodya Dubinin was devoted to his recent 90-year anniversary, then Vitya Novitsky is also reminded by a sad date. 9 September he would also have turned 90 years old, but exactly 75 years ago, 8 September 1942, on the eve of his 15 anniversary, he died in battle. Moreover, the Nazis killed him with particular cruelty. But more on that later…
So, September 9 1927, the boy Vitya was born in Novorossiysk. His fate was not easy from the very beginning. If Volodya Dubinin was the son of the hero of the Civil War, an exemplary pioneer who was fond of aircraft modeling, then Vitya had a completely different childhood. He was raised in the adoptive family of Mikhail Aleksandrovich Novitsky. It was from him that he got his last name.
The difficult situation in the family (which was in great need) affected the boy. According to the recollections of one of his friends, Valentin Svidersky, he used to be hooligans, missed lessons. However, the heroes grew not only from exemplary students, not only from excellent students with exemplary behavior. There were a lot of hooligan boys, who at the appointed hour became real defenders of the Fatherland. The war equaled excellent students with losers, hooligans with exemplary children and highlighted completely different qualities ...
So, the war began ... Vitya began to help the fighters who put the anti-aircraft battery near his house. Adults, as usual, tried at first to chase the boy, but he was stubborn. In December 1941, he left with the fighters for the front. He fought in Kerch. In April, 1942, he was injured - his toe was torn off.
Because of this injury (rather, even under his pretext), the young brave man was sent home to Novorossiysk. But by that time, the boy had already gained combat experience, and the quiet life was not for him. Moreover, the adoptive father Viti died.
The family no longer lived in the house from which the boy had once left for war. His adoptive mother, along with two children had to be evacuated from there. It must be said that this was not a simple house, but a tall tower located on October Square (at that time it was the center of the city). It is not surprising that the firing point was equipped there - from there many of the streets of Novorossiysk were viewed as in full view.
Vitya made friends with the sailors who settled in his house. But for the right to assist them, he again had to fight - as soon as it became too hot, the sailors sought to chase him away. However, without his help, it was difficult for them - the boy produced water for them, carried ammunition. "I will fight - drive as much as you like!", He answered to all attempts to send him to a safer place.
In August, 1942, the fighting in Novorossiysk flared up with particular ferocity. Soviet soldiers fought for every street, but unfortunately, the fascists advanced swiftly and confidently.
September 7 Vitya, as usual, was in his tower-house with the fighters, when the Nazis approached this defensive line almost closely. They moved along the lane of the Decembrists.
In the tower were nine people - six sailors from the destroyer "Vigilant", two soldiers and Vitya Novitsky. And it just so happened that the youngest defender was the most experienced. Sailors fought better on ships, and Vitya, despite his age, already had experience of war on land.
The next day, September 8 1942, the nazis launched an attack on the tower. But from there a fierce fire was fired at them, besides, someone threw grenades at them. The enemies did not yet know that they were opposed by only one person. And - quite a boy. However, this was exactly the truth. All senior comrades Viti already died.
When the Germans still managed to break into the tower, blowing it up from the other side, they learned that they had suffered considerable losses ... at the hands of the boy. This angered them. The Nazis, killing the young defender, demonstrated their whole bestial essence. He was beaten with butts, after which, while still alive, he was doused with flammable liquid and set on fire. The enemies did not give residents the opportunity to bury the tortured body of the young hero, but he was nevertheless buried in secret.
Unfortunately, this tower is no longer. In its place stands a small monument on which it is written: “The young defender of Novorossiysk, the pioneer-hero Vitya Novitsky, died here. 1927 g.-1942 g. "So that we remember that the Victory was won by torment and blood, including those who did not live to see even the 15 anniversary ...