Veteran Celebrates His Victory
For an 88 year-old war veteran, May 9th was a special day - and not only because Russia defeated Nazi Germany in 1945.
Rabbi Yitzchak Mendel Wagner, the first rabbi in Krefeld, Germany, since the Holocaust, attended a ceremony Wednesday marking May 9th, the day the Russians defeated Nazi Germany in 1945.
Among the people in the crowd was an 88 year-old former Red Army soldier who appeared as usual wearing his large collection of medals.
Typical for a Chabad rabbi, Wagner approached him, and upon hearing that he was Jewish, offered him to put on Tefillin. It was the war veteran's first time doing this Mitzvah.
"This is surely the most important and memorable victory of his, the man told me," Rabbi Wagner said. "The irony is surely there for all to see, as today Jewish life in Germany has been revived, mostly by native Russians."