Israel: WWII Veterans Get Russian Martial Awards
AVIV (RIA Novosti, by Ratmir Orestov) — An initial batch of Russian
commemorative medals in honor of victory over Nazism in the Great
Patriotic War of 1941-45 has been awarded to war veterans in Israel.
The Tel Aviv-based
Union of Israeli War Veterans and Disabled Soldiers hosted the
of the federal government, Gennady Tarasov, Russian Ambassador
to Israel, congratulated World War II soldiers, rear war effort
toilers, and concentration camp and ghetto inmates on the upcoming
V-E Day celebrations.
officers are to award a total 21,000 medals within a few days.
Veteran Union commission head for international contacts, offered
Russian authorities words of heartfelt gratitude. "The 60th
anniversary of the Great Victory is to us far more than a landmark
day, an anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat-it means salvation
of the entire Jewish people from extermination, down to the last
person," he said.
The gala was
something special to war veteran Mikhail Muller. Apart from the
medal, the Russian ambassador gave him another two awards-an Order
of the Great Patriotic War, 1st class, and an Order of the Red
Star. The major martial awards found their winner sixty years
after the war finished.
orders of 1944 and 1945 had it, the soldier won his awards by
"exemplary execution of battle missions at the fronts of
combat against Nazi Germany’s aggressors, and heroic valor displayed."
doing all I could for the country where I was brought up, and
for which I fought. I was wounded in the battlefield on five occasions.
Now, I am proud and happy to see that the Russian government and
ambassadorial officers, who represent it in Israel, have not forgotten
me-they have done much for the high awards to reach me,"
said the war hero.