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WWII Ended 75 Years Ago - Commemorating Our Heroes

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

In WWII, it is estimated that up to 1 million

Soviet Jews fought in the Soviet Army against

Nazi Germany, with 200,000 known to have been killed in that war, a number often forgotten about when we discuss the numbers of Jews killed during WWII. When the Soviet Union fell, some 1 million former Soviet Jews made aliyah to Israel. While today there are only a few people left in Israel who fought in that conflict, Israel has not forgotten their service. Despite not being able to hold a formal ceremony this year on the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe on May 7, Israel wanted to make sure to honor these former soldiers and so it sent their grandchildren to salute them. Grandchildren who may wear a different uniform and fight under a different flag, but who serve the same people - the People of Israel - and the same values of freedom, peace and security. As a tour guide of Israel, I get to show people some of the incredible beauty that the Land of Israel has to offer, but which, in my opinion, pales in comparison to the beauty in this photo.

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