A ceremony to honour World War II veterans resident in Karmiel was held here this morning in the tranquil “From Holocaust to Redemption Memorial Garden”.
Among those who took active part was British olah, Elisa Davis, who was born in Mandate Palestine but is nonetheless a British Armed Forces veteran and is bi-lingual in English and Hebrew.
At least 200 people were present at the event whose chief guest was the Russian Consul in Israel. Indeed, the crowd was largely Russian - many of whom were emblazoned with medals won for their valour during Russia’s involvement in WWII 1941-1945 – and were treated to a simultaneous translations of Hebrew speeches into Russian.
It is sobering that the joyful Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) celebrations should have been ‘topped and tailed’ with memorial services, both for her own war veterans since 1948 and then for those who had helped to fight Nazism and so end the Holocaust in the immediate years before the state was created.