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Official Ceremony to Commemorate VE Day Tomorrow at Yad Vashem

With Participation of Minister of Immigrant Absorption Zeev Boim

8 May 2007

Tomorrow, May 9, 2007, Yad Vashem will hold the official ceremony marking the 62nd anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany. The ceremony will take place in the presence of Minister for Immigrant Absorption Ze’ev Boim.

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 Ambassadors and military attachés - totaling some 1,000 people.

Speakers:
Avner Shalev, Chairman of Yad Vashem
Avraham Grenzaid, Chairman, Alliance of World War II Veterans who fought the Nazis
Esther Herlitz, Representative of the Israel War Veterans League
Ze’ev Boim, Minister of Immigrant Absorption

Minister Boim will lay the Government of Israel wreath in memory of those who fell in the struggle against the Nazis. Other wreaths will be laid by representatives of the IDF and the Knesset, ambassadors and military attachés of the Allied countries, as well as representatives of fighters and partisan organizations. The Israeli Police Orchestra will perform at the ceremony with soloists, conducted by Commander Menashe Lev Ran. The event will be moderated by Amikam Gurevitch.

The ceremony will take place at 17:00 at the Memorial to the Jewish Soldiers and Partisans at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

The event is open to the press.

The ceremony is being organized with the participation of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, and partisan and veteran organizations.