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

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.