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03 July 2020, 14:33

New museum exposition opens in Brest Fortress

BREST, 3 July June (BelTA) – The new museum exposition dedicated to the defense of the Eastern Fort in the Brest Fortress was unveiled on 3 July, BelTA has learned.

The new museum was set up in the casemates of the Kobrin fortification barracks. This is a unique fortification site, which the defenders of the fortress turned into the most powerful center of resistance in June 194. The exposition was created with the financial assistance of the Union State as part of the big project to overhaul, turn into museum and restore the fortress.

“The museum is a logical continuation of the story about the defense of the Brest Fortress in June 1941 in the context of three existing exhibitions. It is further evidence of respect for our history, memory of the defenders of the citadel who gave their lives for our peaceful future,” Director of the Brest Hero Fortress Memorial Complex Grigory Bysyuk said at the ceremony.

The ceremony was attended by Brest Oblast Governor Anatoly Lis, Presidential Aide - Inspector for Brest Oblast Anatoly Markevich, the adviser of the Standing Committee of the Union State Andrei Brigadin, representatives of the authorities, diplomatic missions, and the general public.

The museum tells about the defense of the Eastern Fort in 1941. Seven halls of the museum feature exclusive items illustrating stories of defenders of the fort. One of them is, for example, the only standard of the defenders found in the Brest Fortress in 1956.

The exposition features an installation symbolizing the Eastern Fort captured defenders' last steps on their native land. Tablets with the names of the defenders who died in the Nazi concentration camps hang on the wall nearby. The metallic sculptural composition will be illuminated after dark.

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