For the peoples of the CIS countries, the memory of the Great Patriotic War is truly sacred, First Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee – CIS Executive Secretary Viktor Guminsky said at a ceremony to open the Our Common Victory exhibition at the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War in Minsk, BelTA has learned.
The exhibition is dedicated to the contribution of the CIS countries in the defeat of fascist German troops and the liberation of Europe. “For the peoples of the CIS, the memory of the past war is truly sacred. From the first days of the war, people of different nations and nationalities rallied in the fight against fascism. Everyone had one goal - to stop the enemy. The courage and resilience of our peoples became the main force that crushed Nazism which brought death and enslavement to mankind,” Viktor Guminsky stressed.
He expressed confidence that the exhibition will not only remind people of the heroic past of the post-Soviet countries, but will also serve to disseminate objective information about the Great Patriotic War, to preserve the historical heritage associated with it. “It is a worthy, truthful response to the attempts to devalue the role of our peoples in the common victory and to falsify the results of the past war,” he said.
Viktor Guminsky noted that 2020 was declared in the Year of the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War in the CIS. “The great legacy of the Victory is not just a shared memory and a shared history. This memory and history were washed in blood and cost millions of lives of all the peoples of the CIS. Our task, the task of the present generation is not only to preserve this huge moral resource, but also to further strengthen the friendship between our countries and peoples,” he said.
For his part, Belarus' Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Dapkiunas recalled that the preamble to the UN Charter says about the determination of the peoples of the united nations to save the future generations from the miseries of war. Keeping this memory alive will help to make sure that ‘this resoluteness never runs out, gives strength in any circumstances, situations and ordeals in our search for peaceful solutions to conflicts,” he believes.
Our Common Victory exhibition tells about the contribution of all CIS countries to the Great Victory: the participation of the peoples of the CIS in the battles for Moscow and Stalingrad, in the Battle of Kursk, in the Belarusian offensive operation Bagration and the Berlin operation. It also displays materials about the partisan movement, the life in the Soviet rear, the development of the press.
The exhibition was initiated by the CIS Plenipotentiaries Council on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The project was prepared with the assistance of the Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War and the Hero Brest Fortress memorial complex. The opening ceremony was attended by CIS plenipotentiaries, representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Belarus, representatives of the CIS Executive Committee, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Culture Ministry of Belarus.