21 May 2007

Ukraine: Jewish Military Encyclopedia printed

A JTA newsbrief focused on the "The Jewish Military Encyclopedia" with 1,800 biographies and 1,200 photos of Jewish soldiers and officers in the Czarist and Soviet Armies and the armies of some FSU countries. It had a limited publication run of only 1,000 copies.

The editor is Ilya Levitas, long-time president of the Jewish Council of Ukraine, a group that promotes Jewish culture in the former Soviet republic.

The theme of Jewish contribution to the military "is alive today because of some people who want to rewrite history and misrepresent facts about Jewish participation in World War II and its Jewish heroes," Levitas told JTA.

Tracing the Tribe is trying to get information on how to obtain a copy of this work which holds important genealogical information.

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