Russia and Israel collaborate to commemorate WWII
July 3, 2012 | Jewish Tribune
NETANYA, Israel – More than 60 years after the most tragic event in human history, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli President Shimon Peres joined forces to unveil the Victory Monument commemorating the Red Army’s hand in defeating the Nazis during WWII.
The monument was revealed in Netanya last week and depicts two white wings; symbols of peace like the white-winged dove.
“This incredible monument symbolizes the historical and ever-important role the Red Army played during World War II and its part in defeating the Nazis and their horrors,” said Alexander Levin, president of the World Forum of Russian Jewry and an American citizen.
“We live in a fragile world,” said President Putin, “and we are obligated to make sure that this dark and tragic time in history does not repeat itself.
“The Jewish Holocaust was the most shameful and dark event in human history,” Putin continued. “This amazing monument strengthens the respect I feel towards to the Jewish people and the state of Israel.”