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Opinion: Great Patriotic War Museum is a temple of memory for Belarusians

Society 22.10.2019 | 17:47

MINSK, 22 October (BelTA) – The Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War is a temple of memory for Belarusians, director of the museum Vladimir Voropayev told the media, BelTA has learned.

“Our museum is a temple of memory, a place where everyone can realize the value of peace. Our task is to show our visitors through what costs the Great Victory was achieved and what future generations should do to ensure that such events never happen again. Today there are may attempts to rewrite history, while our museum exists to tell the truth about the war. There are unique rarities in our funds. Each of these items is precious to us,” said Vladimir Voropayev.

Over the past five years, the Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War has been visited by representatives of more than 100 countries. Among the leaders are Russia, China, the United States, the UK, Turkey and Germany. “We have a lot to show and tell. Everyone after visiting our museum begins to understand the full depth of the tragedy and heroism of the Soviet people, shown during the war. Our people won this Great Victory, and we will not give it to anyone. The museum continues developing, updating its expositions,” said Vladimir Voropayev.

The Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War opened its doors to the public on 22 October 1944 in the House of Trade Unions in the Svobody Square. In 1966, the museum moved to Lenina Avenue (today Independence Avenue). At the initiative of the Belarusian president, the construction of a new building for the museum was launched in Pobeditelei Avenue in April 2010. The opening ceremony t took place on 2 July 2014.

The funds of the museum, consisting of 30 collections, keep more than 154,000 items. These are photographs, documents, letters, personal belongings of veterans, partisans, and underground fighters. Of particular importance are collections of handwritten partisans journals and homemade partisan weapons.

The Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War is by right considered a national asset of the country. It keeps the memory of the irreplaceable losses and incredible difficulties that the Belarusian people suffered during the war.

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