Victory Day, marked in Russia on May 9, commemorated Soviet army’s victory over Nazi Germany in WW II. Over 20 million Russians lost their lives in the battle against Hitler’s military forces.
Dozens of surviving Red Army veterans gathered at sites around Israel on Tuesday in celebration of the defeat of Nazi Germany. They were joined by the Yugo-Jewish veterans who fought with the Partisans against the German’s in former Yugoslavia.
In the central Israeli city of Lod, where many immigrant Russian-Jewish soldiers live, the WWII veterans marched through the streets wearing medals and brandishing photo’s of Jewish soldiers killed in action.
Israeli PM, Netanyahu joined the WW II veterans @ a ceremony at the Yad Vashem national Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog tweeted a photo of himself with the Russian-Jewish war veterans.
Israel will forever remember and recall the heroism of the generation that liberated the concentration camps and saved the world from extreme fascism. In Moscow, president Putin confirmed that Russia is capable of neutralizing any aggression, but insisted that the world come together to fight modern-day terrorism.
As Moscow marked 72-years since victory in WW II, soldiers and military hardware paraded across the Red Square, as Russia held its annual celebration. The lessons of past wars the Russians to remain alert as the armed forces are capable of warding off any potential aggression.
About 1.5 million Jews fought in allied armies, including 500.000 in the Red Army, 100.000 in the Polish army and 30.000 in the British army, according to Yad Vashem. Some of those in the Red Army served in the highest levels of command. About 200.000 Soviet-Jewish soldiers fell on the battlefield or were captured by the Germans.
Israel is home to the world’s largest population of holocaust survivors, but only in recent years the Jewish state begun to salute its Jewish war veterans. So far the Israeli government does not want to build a museum honoring Jewish WW II veterans yet.
An estimated 5.000 Jewish war veterans won’t live long enough to see it materialize and accuse the government of stalling because of petty political considerations.
Times of Israel.com / AA Magnum News 2017.