On Thursday May 9, 2013, Yad Vashem held the official ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany. The ceremony took place with the participation of 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.
The event took place at the Memorial to the Jewish Soldiers and Partisans at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Dr. Bella Gutterman, Director of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem
Sofa Landver, Minister of Immigrant Absorption
Avraham Greenzeid, Chairman of the Veterans Union of World War II Fighters Against Nazism
Wreaths were laid by representatives of the Government of Israel, the Knesset, IDF, diplomatic representatives of the Allied countries, as well as representatives of fighter and partisan organizations. The Israeli Police Orchestra, conducted by Inspector Eitan Sobol, participated in the event as did Lieutenant Colonel Shai Abramson, Chief Cantor of the IDF. MC: Menachem Perry.
The ceremony was organized with the participation of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, and partisan and veteran organizations.