As the proprietors of a new museum that will honor the 1.5 million Jewish soldiers who fought in World War II in the armies of more than twenty allied nations and the Jewish brigade. We are seeking records of personal stories of those Jewish veterans who might have albums, diaries, pictures and other memoirs that they may wish to share with our Museum, which will be located at the site of the Armored Corps Memorial site and Museum in the valley of Ayalon on the way to Jerusalem.
The Armored Corps Memorial site and Museum Site commemorates the memories of 4885 fallen soldiers that have fallen in Israel’s war campaign history and it is owned and run by the Armored Corps Association for the purpose of educating youths and young soldiers about the heritage of the Jewish people, the Israel Defense Forces and Armored Corps.
The Armored Corps Association and the Israeli Government have decided on the establishment of “The Museum of the Jewish Soldiers in World War II” that is dedicated solely to the heroic acts and sacrifices of the 1,500,000 Jewish soldiers, partisans and member of the Resistant Movements as part of the Allied Forces during World War II.
The Museum is located next to the only Monument to the Allied Forces in existence and it is designed as an underground bunker.
The Museum will tell the story of WW II, the main events in the War, the role of the Jewish soldiers in the Allied Forces, the legacy of their battles, their acts of heroism and the memory of the 300,000 Jewish soldiers who fell in WWII.
The Museum, which will include a memorial, a multi-dimensional exhibition hall, an auditorium, a research center and a computerized center that will contain for generations to come, details about the Jewish fighter of WWII.
The Museum will be 1400 sq. meters (Apprx. 15,000 sq.ft.) in size including all the required space and functions for the visitors.
The Museum is being designed by a team of experts, headed by the Architects Zalman & Ruth Enav.
The Museum committee which governs all the effort includes among others well-known personalities and experts:
Maj. Gen (Ret.) Chaim Erez – Chairman of the Armored Corps Association (A.C.A.).
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Menashe Inbar – General Manager of the A.C.A.
Dr. Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Yitzchak Arad (Tolka) – former Chairman of “Yad Vashem” in Jerusalem for 20 years and a former Partisan.
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Tzvika Cantor – Head of the “Jewish Soldier” project.
Professor Assa Kasher – Philosopher and Educator.
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Avner Shalev – current Chairman of “Yad Vashem” in Jerusalem
Those who would indeed like to honor the Jewish veterans of World War II may write to us directly:
Brig. Gen (Ret.) Menashe Inbar – General Manager
The Armored Corps Association
D.N. Shimshon 99762
Phone: (+972-8) 925-5268
Fax: (+972-8) 925-5186
E-mail: latrun@ interpage.co.il