Holocaust Survivors Killed Defending Israel To Be Memorialized In Memorial Day Ceremony


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The annual Jewish Agency Memorial Day ceremony memorializing fallen Israeli servicemen and women and victims of terror will take place this Wednesday, 3 Iyar, at 9:00AM in the plaza of the Jewish Agency headquarters building in Jerusalem (48 King George Street).

This year’s ceremony will center on the “Last of Kin,” 144 Holocaust survivors who lost their entire families in Europe, immigrated to British Mandate Palestine before the War of Independence, joined the nascent Israel Defense Forces, and were killed defending the new state. Author Moshe Oren will share the story of these immigrants’ contribution to the State of Israel.

The ceremony is being hosted by The Jewish Agency for Israel in partnership with the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), Keren Hayesod-UIA, The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), and Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA (JFC-UIA).

The ceremony will be attended by Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky, Deputy Chairman of the Executive David Breakstone, Chairman of the World Zionist Organization Avraham Duvdevani, Chairman of the KKL-JNF Board of Directors Danny Atar, JFNA Senior Vice President for Global Operations and Director General of the JFNA Israel Office Rebecca Caspi, Director General of the JFC-UIA Israel Office Yossi Tanuri, and CEO and Director General of The Jewish Agency for Israel Alan Hoffmann.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)