David Nussboym
Fictional Character
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Tilting the Balance
Type of Appearance: Direct (POV in Striking the Balance only)
Species: Human
Nationality: Poland, later Soviet Union
Date of Birth: c. 1914
Religion: Atheism (formerly Judaism)
Occupation: Prison trustee, Soldier, Spy
Parents: Aaron Nussboym
Military Branch: Polish resistance (World War II, Race Invasion of Tosev 3), later NKVD

David Aronovich Nussboym was a Jew living in Lodz during the 1940s. When the Race's Conquest Fleet drove the Nazis out of Poland in 1942, he began to collaborate with the Race as he saw them the best hope for Jewish survival in Poland. He did not care that the entire world might fall under domination of the Race. This became a problem for Mordechai Anielewicz when Anielewicz tried to inform the Wehrmacht of the Race's movements. Anielewicz had Nussboym knocked unconscious and taken to the Soviet border in 1943.

Nussboym was shipped to a gulag where he was forced to work until prisoners of the Race arrived. He was able to move up in the camp hierarchy by the virtue of fluency in the Race's language. He subsequently worked his way out of the camp by proving his worth and denouncing the right people.

Nussboym would eventually be reacquainted with Mordechai Anielewicz when the USSR had information to give to Anielewicz regarding the attack on the Colonization Fleet in 1962. Nussboym thoroughly hated Anielewicz.

Nussboym attempted to get his revenge on Anielewicz when General-Secretary Vyacheslav Molotov gave Nussboym free rein to kill him, as reward for Nussboym's rescue of Molotov from the NKVD during their attempted coup. Nussboym repeatedly failed in these efforts. During the Race-German War of 1965, Molotov ordered Nussboym to provide clandestine assistance to the Race in Poland, and Nussboym ironically found himself on the same side as Anielewicz.

While in Poland, Nussboym was exposed to high levels of radiation that miraculously did not kill him, but virtually guaranteed his eventual death by cancer. Molotov offered him sick leave upon his return to Moscow, which (to the General-Secretary's disappointment) Nussboym accepted.

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Nussboym's final fate is unrevealed.