GPG Vice President Dorit Golender and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein by the Yad Vashem exhibition "I Survived That War," supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group
09 May 2018
On 8 May, as part of Israel's official event to mark 73 years since VE-Day, a special Yad Vashem exhibition entitled "I Survived That War" was displayed in the main lobby of Israel's Knesset (parliament) building. The exhibition, which was created by Yad Vashem with the support of Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), presents the stories of some 30 WWII war veterans who live in Israel today.
During the official event, the Knesset hosted, for the first time, the "March of the Veterans" – in which hundreds of people participated, including Israel's Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein, Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman, Immigration and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, diplomatic delegations from around the world and hundreds of youth – as well as a main ceremony during which veterans lit the "Torch of Victory."
"I Survived That War" is based on a cooperative project between Yad Vashem and GPG, in which Hebrew- and Russian-speaking youth from three cities in Israel – Bat Yam, Ashkelon and Hadera – interviewed WWII veterans from the Former Soviet Union who live in these cities today. The exhibition displays the veterans through portrait photos and brief summaries of their life stories.
For an online exhibition on Jewish soldiers who served in the Red Army, click here.