MembersIsrael’s Russian Jews Celebrate Victory

The Red Army’s resilience was crucial to defeating Nazi Germany in World War II, and a great many Russian Jews were part of that effort

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: World War II
Russian-Israeli World War II veterans take part in the Veterans Day parade in honor of the Allies' victory over Nazi Germany, in Jerusalem on May 14, 2019.
Russian-Israeli World War II veterans take part in the Veterans Day parade in honor of the Allies' victory over Nazi Germany, in Jerusalem on May 14, 2019. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

On May 14, Russian Jews in Israel celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany, while remembering those who died in order to achieve it. 

The German military surrendered to the Soviet Union and the Allies of World War II in Berlin on May 9, 1945. Victory Day is by far one of the biggest Russian holidays marking the end of the war and commemorating those who died. It is a time to pay tribute to the survivors and veterans who laid everything on the line. 

More than 20 million Russians died at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. This includes 8,668,400 military deaths, as calculated by the Russian Ministry of Defense. 

The Red Army played a crucial role in the defeat of Nazi Germany, particularly on the Eastern Front. History shows that it was the harsh winter cold that finally gave the...

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