On Sunday, May 9, 2010, Yad Vashem will hold the official ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany. The ceremony will take place with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak and Minister of Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver. Hundreds of Jewish World War II veterans of the Allied armies, the majority from the former Soviet Union, will attend the ceremony, along with Jewish partisans, wounded soldiers from the war against the Nazis, underground fighters, volunteers from the Yishuv who fought in the British forces and veterans of the Jewish Brigade, as well as diplomatic representatives from the Allied countries.
The event will take place at 17:00 at the Memorial to the Jewish Soldiers and Partisans at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and is open to the press.
Ehud Barak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
Sofa Landver, Minister of Immigrant Absorption
Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate
Miriam Beilus, Remarks on behalf of the Veterans and Fighters
Asher Dishon, Representative of the Commemorative Association for Volunteers to the British Army During WWII
Wreaths will be laid by representatives of the Government of Israel, the Knesset, IDF, ambassadors and military attaches of the Allied countries, as well as representatives of fighters and partisan organizations. The Israeli Police Orchestra, conducted by Inspector Eitan Sobol, will perform at the event. The event will be moderated by Amikam Gurevitch.The ceremony is being organized with the participation of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, and partisan and veteran organizations.
Yad Vashem has recently launched a comprehensive website in Russian, available at www1.yadvashem.org/ru. The site contains historical information about the Holocaust and hundreds of images, video testimonies, last letters, artwork and more. Yad Vashem has also launched a new YouTube Channel in Russian, joining the English, Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish channels.