|Tuesday, June 26, 2012|
|Translation: Remarks of President Peres at dedication of memorial with President Putin in Netanyahu|
Remarks of Israel President Shimon Peres at Inauguration of World War II
Mayor of Netanya,
This is an opportunity for the State of Israel to salute the Russian People.
[Russian – ends with Thanks You!]
As the President of Russia you carry on your shoulder the burden of Russian
The song "Wake up a huge country," states:
"Black wings dare not fly over the homeland.
Two white wings rise from the memorial before us. They are the wings that
The Second World War was the most terrible war in history. The Allies bore
Our nation lost a third of his sons. Both of our nations are long-suffering.
Both of our nations refuse to surrender, even to the most terrible
The monument describes on one wall the suffering of the Russian People and
The Soviet Union drafted 34 million to serve in the war. This recruitment
About 30 million Soviet citizens perished. Half of them soldiers who fell in
80% of the fallen, fell within the Soviet Union. They also brought the
The Jewish People bears an historic thanks to the Russian People.
The Nazis murdered 6 million Jews, half of them lived in the Soviet Union.
The Red Army was the first to liberate the concentration and extermination
Half a million Jews fought in the Red Army. Two hundred thousand of them
Jewish soldiers served in the Red Army. In the forces on the land, sea, air
Of 110 army commanders - 10 were Jews.
Of 200 admirals - 17 were Jews.
Of 700 corps commanders 24 were Jews.
More than 150 Jewish fighters were awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union
As Tolstoy wrote: "relations with the Jews cannot be other than the
A large part of the Jewish people lived in Great Russia. We knew ups and
Your coming today to Netanya is a rare historic meeting. Full of pain. Full
We will not allow that to happen again.
Our suffering was not in vain.
I am sure that Russia that suffered from the blow of fascism, will not allow
Last night the election results were published in Egypt. I send greeting to
This monument is not only praise for grand heroism, but also a beacon of
Russia, which contributed so decisively to the victory in the war, is also
You came at the right time.
Thank you kindly.
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