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In this photo made Friday, April 12, 2013, Soviet Jewish World War veteran Matvey Gershman, 90, poses for a portrait at his house in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. Gershman joined the Red Army’s air force in 1941. Later, he was transferred to the 5th Shock Army, and fought mostly in Ukraine, after which he joined the 8th Guard Army and took part in the Battle of Berlin, including the famous battle for the Reichstag. Gershman immigrated to Israel from Gomel, today's Belorussia, in 1990.  About 500,000 Soviet Jews served in the Red Army during World War Two, and the majority of those still alive today live in Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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