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Jewish Fighters Return 2,300 Medals to Russia, Communist Bloc Nations

Five hundred former European partisan and ghetto fighters and World War II veterans joined today in a public return of 2,300 medals and decorations awarded them by the Soviet Union, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria.

The action was taken as a protest against the “hostile attitude of these countries against Israel” in the crisis leading to the outbreak of war on June 5 and subsequently. The veterans, some of them carrying as many as a dozen decorations, filed silently by a postal bag and, one after another, dropped their medals into it. The decorations were then mailed to the respective governments.