Thousands of Jewish people around the world gathered this week to commemorate Victory Day, which is marked on the 26th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar, which is the Hebrew date for May 9, 1945, on which Nazi Germany surrendered to the Red Army.

Jews worldwide mark the date 26 Iyar as an annual day of celebration for the liberation and rescue of European Jewry.

Dozens of festive prayer and thanksgiving rallies took place in synagogues and public sites around the world.

These rallies were held, among other places, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Great Synagogue in Moscow, and in synagogues in Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Leipzig and Vienna.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a letter to Russian businessman and philanthropist German Zacharyev, vice president of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, in honor of Victory Day.

"The Russian people greatly appreciate the initiative to remember the sacrifice of the soldiers of Red Army and their tremendous contribution to the liberation of the Jews from the death camps,” wrote Putin.

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