Hundreds of Russian-Israelis march in Jerusalem to mark the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, which was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 27 million Soviet during the war. Mana Rabiee reports.
Hundreds of Russian-Israelis, most of them World War II veterans and their families, march in Jerusalem. They're marking 71 years since Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender went into effect -- called Victory in Europe Day. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSHE SLUTZKI, WW2 VETERAN SAYING: "I feel wonderful, I am happy I have lived to see this day." The commemoration comes one day before Russia's Victory Day celebrations in Moscow's Red Square. One Russian said he was the grandson of a WW II veteran, here in Jerusalem for the first time, carrying his grandfather's photograph with him in remembrance. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) ALEXANDER MIKHAILOVICH BERDYCHEVSKI, A GRANDSON OF YAKOV ISAKOVICH BERDYCHEVSKI WHO FOUGHT AGAINST THE NAZIS IN WW2 SAYING: "He himself never got to visit while he was still alive. I walked around with "him", for me he is very much alive, and together we walked around Jerusalem celebrating Victory Day. " Some 27 million Soviet citizens are thought to have been killed during the war -- including more than half of the over 5 million Soviet prisoners of war held by German forces from 1941 to 1945.