Nedzvetsky Joseph Markovich 
(23.07.1908–26.12.1959)


Soviet polar explorer , Hero of the Soviet Union. 
Born in Mogilev in the family of a worker. He was brought up in an orphanage. After graduating from elementary school, he worked on the construction of the railway, as a mechanic at the Onego plant in the city of Petrozavodsk, during 1930-1934 he served in the Red Army. 
Nedzwiecki's work in the Arctic began with the service as a machinist on the Yermak icebreaker. Fame came to him after his participation in the historic 812-day drift of the icebreaker “G. Sedov ”, in which he served as a machinist. As you know, after the first year of drift, the main part of the team was taken by air to the ground, leaving 11 of the most necessary and persistent. Nedzvetsky together with the other remaining members of the crew suffered all the difficulties and trials, showed courage and professional skills. Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of February 3, 1940 "for carrying out a heroic drift, carrying out an extensive research program in difficult conditions of the Arctic and showing courage and perseverance" was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union with the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal ( No. 235). According to the same Decree, each of the drift participants who were awarded the highest degree of distinction of the USSR was awarded a cash bonus in the amount of 25,000 rubles. 
Before the war, Nedzwetsky had finished the 1st course of the Industrial Academy. He fought in the troops of the 1st Byelorussian Front, and after the war he returned to the Arctic, was the head of the polar station on the island of Tyrtov in the Kara Sea, then at Cape Arktichesky (Molotov), the northernmost point of the archipelago Severnaya Zemlya. December 26, 1959 Nedzvetsky tragically died in a fire at the station. 
He was buried in Moscow at the Vagankovsky cemetery. 
Bay on the island of Tyrtov in the Nordensheld archipelago in the Kara Sea. Named at the suggestion of V.A. 
Troitsky in 1965 by Dixon hydrographs.

 

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