NEW YORK, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It was announced today that the 6th annual dinner for RAJE (Russian-American Jewish Experience) will be held on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at Guastavinos, located at 409 East 59th Street. The event will honor the legacy of the 500,000 Russian-Speaking Jews who fought the Nazis in World War II, and the brave soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces.
The Dinner Chairman will be Ronn Torossian, 5WPR CEO & Longtime RAJE Board member, and he will be joined by Eugene Schneur, Founder of OMNI New York, LLC, and RAJE's President of the Board. The honorary dinner chairman is legendary philanthropist Michael Steinhardt & Paul P. Bernstein is the Journal Chairman.
The Torch of Freedom Award will be presented to The Blavatnik Archive Foundation for their exhibit, entitled "Lives Of The Great Patriotic War." The Blavatnik is the first exhibition to focus on the story of Jewish participation in the Soviet Armed Forces during WWII (known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War). Featuring war-time diary and letter excerpts, reproductions of archival photographs and documents, as well as excerpts from contemporary oral testimonies, two exhibit formats – wall-panel and free-standing – bring to life a largely unknown chapter of Jewish history: the participation of 500,000 Soviet Jewish soldiers in the fight against German fascism.
While the unprecedented victimization of Jews during the Holocaust is well known and rigorously studied, the role of Jewish combatants in the conflict remains overlooked. As soldiers in the Soviet Red Army, they fought in the war's largest military force (30 million) for the country with the heaviest absolute losses (26 million). As Jews, members of a nation targeted for genocide, they survived the Holocaust and contributed to the defeat of Nazi Germany. Almost 70 years later, these remarkable men and women recall their harrowing and unforgettable experiences from the 20th century's most devastating war.
Additional awards will be presented to The David Zelvenskiy Jewish War Heroes Exhibit, and to Veteran Grandparents of RAJE Alumni.
RAJE - Russian American Jewish Experience – is the largest Russian-Jewish educational organization in America. The organization is devoted to outreach, Israel and other Jewish values.
Contact: Ronn Torossian, 212-999-5585