Wonderful AP Photos Of World War II Soviet Jewish War Veterans Living In Israel.

by Daniel Russ on June 22, 2013

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Michael Sandler, 93, joined the Red Army in 1939, and served in the 3rd Guards Tank Army, in a tank Brigade; in Stalingrad, and Berlin.

 

 

 

.The Soviet Union’s size was so vast, and its resources so enormous, that no tale of ethnic involvement from any group in World War II Russia surprises me. That the Soviet killed millions of Jews is a sordid fact. That the Soviets competed with the Nazis often to eliminate Jews from outlying territories under its purview is also well documented. That all said, it does not surprise me at all to learn almost a half a million Jews served in the Red Guard. Perhaps many of them truly loved their country and would fight for it.

 

About 7000 of these Soviet Jews are retired and live in Israel. Many of them live in abject poverty, which is shame given that Israel has a robust welfare system that takes care of Holocaust survivors. Many are embittered that they live out their days in languid quiet, alone, frightened about their futures. Many never learned Hebrew and their stories go untold.

 

But once a year they gather and put on their uniforms, festooned with war medal and ribbons. And these ancient veterans, their faces adumbrated with lines and creases and memories too deep to tell, ride on cars in parades across the country.

 

Yahoo online featured this story and I could not resist the AP photos. 

 

 

                       Soviet World War II Jewish Veteran

 

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Yaakov Vilkovich, 90, joined the Red Army in 1941, in the 31st Army‘s infantry and fought in the Battle of Berlin in 1945. 

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                      Soviet World War II Jewish Veteran

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Aharon Kavishaner joined the Red Army in 1942, as an air force mechanic and served in the 4th Ukrainian Front. 

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Semion Tzvang 89, served in the First Ukrainian Front

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                                       Soviet World War II Jewish Veteran

 

Nahum Matovich, 87, was an air force bomber pilot on Ilyushin Il-4 bomber, Soviet 18th Air Army, in Japan and Korea.

 

 

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Source: Yahoo, AP

 

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