MINSK, 18 July (BelTA) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus is hosting an exhibition "The Genocide of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War", BelTA reports.
The opening ceremony was attended by employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, heads of Belarusian diplomatic missions and consular offices and foreign diplomats accredited in the country.
The exhibition has been organized with the help of the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, the Museum of the features of the City of Minsk and the National Library of Belarus. The exhibition presents thematic posters and photographs, historical documents, and instruments of torture from fascist prisons, the remains of personal effects of prisoners of death camps (civilians and Soviet prisoners of war).
The exhibition also displays the documents of the USSR Extraordinary State Commission to investigate the crimes of the Nazi invaders. These are the protocols of witness interrogations, expert opinions, photographs, and voluminous objects from the burned village of Khatyn. Of particular importance are the materials of the General Prosecutor's Office of Belarus, which initiated work to establish places of mass execution and burial of civilians.
The ministry called the exhibition launch ceremony a history lesson of sorts. It was attended simultaneously by the heads of Belarusian diplomatic missions abroad and the heads of missions of foreign countries and representatives of international organizations.
"This creates a unique, unprecedented moment for a face-to-face meeting of diplomats in such an environment (some for the first time) and an exchange of views on topical issues of mutual interest," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.