09 May 2010
On Sunday, May 9, 2010, Yad Vashem held the official ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany at the Memorial to the Jewish Soldiers and Partisans.
The ceremony took 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, attended 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.
Speaking during the ceremony were Ehud Barak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Sofa Landver, Minister of Immigrant Absorption, Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Dr. Miriam Beilus on behalf of the Veterans and Fighters, and Asher Dishon, Representative of the Commemorative Association for Volunteers to the British Army During WWII.
Approximately 1.5 million Jews fought in the regular armies of the Allies during World War II. More information about Jewish soldiers in the Allied armies.