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“For us, the memory of the Great Patriotic War and everything connected with it is sacred. We will never forget this war and will make sure the younger generation will also remember it. I am glad that today young people stand here alongside with veterans. This is essential for promoting patriotism among the youth of Belarus and Russia. Young people should remember what price was paid for the victory in that war. Thanks to our older generation we live today in the wonderful countries of Belarus and Russia,” Natalya Kochanova said.
According to the speaker, every historical fact about that war is sacred. “We even plan to introduce a term about preserving the memory of the Great Patriotic War into the Constitution draft, because, unfortunately, there are attempts to distort history. Yet, it is impossible to do, because we, Belarusians, know the truth, because our country was under occupation. Survivors of the war told us what they had gone through during the war. Eighty years ago, our older generation did everything to defeat the Germans near Moscow, the capital of their Motherland. The Germans were defeated and their invincibility was challenged,” the speaker said.
Natalya Kochanova urged to do everything possible in order to preserve peace in Belarus and Russia. "Today the situation is very difficult. You see how they have been escalating tensions. You see how hard they try to rewrite history, and therefore holding such events is very important. We must remember our history. We must remember the people who at the cost of their lives defended the freedom and independence of our country," Natalya Kochanova added. “We must do everything to prevent this from happening again. Peace in our countries depends on us, the people who live now, the people who will come after us. I think that this exhibition will be another token of gratitude and remembrance of the people who defended the freedom and independence of our country."
The main goal of the exhibition is to show, through the prism of human lives, the tragedy and feat of the defenders of the Motherland, the role of the battle for Moscow in the history of the Great Patriotic War and its significance for the entire front, the importance of the events near Moscow in 1941-1942 for present and future generations. The Battle of Moscow is one of the largest battles in the history of the world wars both in terms of the number of participants and the number of military hardware and weapons. It was the prologue to the victory, without which it is impossible to understand and evaluate neither our sacrifices nor our achievements.
The exhibition displays about 250 items - photographs, documents, letters, posters, awards, personal effects, weapons, fine arts - from the holdings of the State Museum of Defense of Moscow, the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, the Victory Museum.
The exhibition has been organized on the initiative of the Standing Committee of the Union State with the assistance of the Mayor of Moscow and the Culture Ministry of Belarus. The exhibition will be running from 4 December to 30 January 2022.