Russia Decorates More Than 200 Jews for Bravery on Anniversary of Nazi Invasion
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Russia Decorates More Than 200 Jews for Bravery on Anniversary of Nazi Invasion

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More than 200 Jews are included in a list published in the press today of heroes who have been awarded decorations for personal sacrifices for the Russian war effort and for fighting on the front against the enemy.

Among the recipients of the Order of the Red Banner and of the Order of Lenin are numerous Jewish captains of steamers, a number of Jewish fliers, 67 Jewish engineers working in tank factories, a number of Jewish technicians working on ship-building, and 62 Jewish engineers and construction workers employed in armament factories, Included in this list are more than 50 Jewish doctors, including women, decorated for bravery and for fighting epidemics. The awards were announced in connection with the anniversary of the Nazi attack on Russia which was observed yesterday throughout the USSR, with Jews taking a special oath in all parts of the country to fight the enemy until he is destroyed.


An article hailing the agreements concluded by the Soviet Premier Vyacheslav Molotov with the United States and Britain is published in Einikeit, organ of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. “The agreements are of enormous significance not only for the people of the three powerful states, but also for all of mankind,” the article says, expressing the conviction that “a second front in 1942, as provided by the agreements, will spell a speedy and final victory over fascism.”

Pointing out that the new anti-Jewish campaign started by Hitler for the purpose of justifying his defeats on the Russian front will obviously cost much Jewish blood, the article appeals to the Jews in America and other democratic countries to contribute to the fund which the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in Russia is now raising for the purpose of presenting 1,000 tanks and 500 bombers to the Russian army as a special Jewish gift. “In paying this homage to the Red Army and its heroes, every Jew helps to sound the death knell of the fascist murderers and saves the Jewish people and its culture for generations to come,” the article states.

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