The Red Army in Israel: memory on the wings of Victory
Chairman of the Board of the Israeli National Fund "Keren Hayesod", former Minister Eliezer (Moody) Zandberg reported on June 13 to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the completion of construction work on the construction of the Red Army Victory Monument over Nazi Germany in the city of Netanya.
The whole complex of works was successfully completed on the eve of the official visit to Israel of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the inauguration of the 25 Monument in June 2012, with the participation of the heads of both states.
For the first time, the idea of creating a Victory Memorial in honor of the soldiers of the Red Army in Israel was expressed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 16 of February 2010 at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Putin fully supported this idea. This was reported by the press service of the Israeli National Fund "Keren ha-Yesod"
On behalf of the government, Netanyahu entrusted all work on the implementation of this project to the Israeli National Fund Keren Hayesod. The Foundation became the main organizer of the project, engaged in conducting an architectural competition, raising funds for the construction and implementation of the process of building the Monument. According to the decision of the Government of Israel, the location of the monument was chosen as the city of Netanya, and for the construction a picturesque site was allocated right on the Mediterranean coast.
The monument was designed by the winners of the architectural competition. The author’s team of project developers includes three well-known Russian masters - Salavat Shcherbakov, Vasily Perfilyev and Mikhail Naroditsky.
The Keren Hayesod Foundation was assisted by the largest Jewish organizations and philanthropists from around the world in the construction of the monument. The Russian Jewish Congress was the general sponsor, the World Forum of the Russian-speaking Jewry, as well as a number of large Jewish patrons, became the leading partner.
The official ceremony will take place on June 25 with the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the main partners in the construction of the Monument.
Photo: Edward Stern.
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