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International effort to locate graves of Jewish soldiers who fought Nazis

Commonwealth War Graves Commission joins special project launched by Jewish Caucasian oligarch German Zakharyayev and Conference of European Rabbis to find place of burial of 250,000 Jewish troops who were killed in World War Il while fighting for Allies' armies.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is joining a special effort to locate the place of burial of a quarter of a million Jewish soldiers who fell in battle while fighting the Nazis. The project was initially launched by Caucasian businessman German Zakharyayev and the Conference of European Rabbis (CER).

According to different estimates, some 250,000 Jewish soldiers who served in the Allies' armies, the Red Army, the partisans' organizations and the resistance organizations were killed during World War II. The projects' initiators say they are unaware of any documentation of the identity and place of burial of these fallen soldiers. Some of them were likely buried in mass graves.

The Lo Tishkach ("Do Not Forget") European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, which was established in 2006 as a joint project of the CER and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, will serve as the operational arm of the project.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, an intergovernmental organization of six independent member states founded almost 100 years ago, whose principal function is to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military service members who died in the two World Wars, has announced that it will also take part in the project.

Source: Ynetnews


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