MINSK, 12 December (BelTA) - It is necessary to actively develop inter-museum cooperation at the international level. This is an important step to preserve and popularize the history of the Great Patriotic War and strengthen ties between peoples and generations, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov said during the forum "Inter-Museum Cooperation: Towards the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War” in Minsk on 12 December, BelTA has learned.
“The heroic feat of our peoples in the Great Patriotic War will never fade in our memory. The fight against the Nazis united people of different nationalities, religions and beliefs. The peoples of our countries fought to the bitter end, defending their land. We will always be grateful to the heroes who gave their lives for the sake of the Great Victory. Russia and Belarus understand the importance of preserving the memory of our citizens who died in the Second World War. They also do their best to prevent falsification and distortion of the history. Belarus provides good care for the war memorials, while the young generation is brought up in the spirit of respect and good neighborliness. The Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War testifies to the fact. It is necessary to actively develop inter-museum cooperation at the international level. This is an important step to preserve and popularize the history of the Great Patriotic War, strengthen ties between peoples and generations,” said Rustam Minnikhanov.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev agreed with the opinion that the preservation of historical memory needs to be protected today. In his words, there is an agreement to present a joint book by 9 May. The book is being prepared by six museums of Belarus and Russia. “The collection will include rare materials that will demonstrate all the suffering and grief that the people of Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and all other regions experienced during the war,” he added.
“The major tasks of the museums are to preserve the historical truth and conduct educational work,” head of the representative office of the Union State Standing Committee Marianna Shchetkina said. “Inter-museum cooperation opens up additional opportunities for everyone, while new projects strengthen good neighborly relations. Preservation of the historical memory is the Victory Flag entrusted to us, which we must preserve, carry with honor through our lives and pass on to the next generation.”
In the run-up to the Year of Remembrance and Glory and the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War hosts a set of events dedicated to military-historical museums. These includes the forum on inter-museum cooperation, an agreement on cooperation between the Museum-Reserve “Battle of Stalingrad” and Belarus National History Museum, Rzhev film screening and a photo exhibition “The Feat of War Correspondents”.