MINSK, Feb. 1 (BelTA) — The “Symbols of Leningrad Under Siege” exhibition project scheduled for the 78th anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad started at the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War on Feb. February, BelTA learned.
Addressing the survivors of the siege with a welcome speech, St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov stressed: “We remember all of you, we remember how you defended our Leningrad. It is symbolic that the natives of Leningrad helped to liberate Minsk and all of Belarus. Decades after the Great Victory, we are proud to have preserved the most important thing – our brotherhood, the brotherhood of two great peoples.
Minsk Mayor Vladimir Kukharev stressed that veterans formed the barrier that stopped the advance of fascism. “You have shown that Leningrad cannot be captured. Today, you must communicate the truth about this to as many young people as possible. Many want to twist the story, but as long as you are with us the truth is always there,” he said.
The exhibition is a joint project of the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, the State Memorial Museum of Defense and Siege of Leningrad, the Central State Archive of Literature and Arts from Saint Petersburg. The project includes three photographic and documentary exhibitions: And the Muses Stand Out, Siege Bread, Salute of the Leningrad Victory.
This is not the first joint project implemented with the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, said Yelena Lezik, director of the Leningrad State Defense and Siege Memorial Museum. “We have long exchanged documents on the history of the siege of Leningrad. We are very grateful to our Belarusian colleagues for their attitude so attentive to the history of our city and for showing this history. We are united by common memory. When I arrived in Belarus, I was happy to learn that 2022 had been declared the Year of Historical Memory here. That fact really inspired us to work more actively together,” she said.
The exposition tells the story of the defense and siege of Leningrad and shows the main memorable symbols of those years. Among the pieces on display are a child’s dress that died in the harshest winter of 1941-1942, an embroidered towel that a craftswoman left unfinished, the Firefly badge that people wore to light up in the black, ration cards, letters, a canister for water and sleds. In addition, the organizers prepared the materials about the Belarusians who fought on the Leningrad Front and the Baltic Fleet.
“We have brought not only the photographs and documents that bear witness to the real human tragedy, but also the authentic things that will tell the story of the siege in a more emotional way. We have focused on the daily life of that time, on the way people lived, worked, resisted… One of the centerpieces is a piece of the authentic siege bread that the inhabitants of Leningrad kept and returned to the museum after the war. how heroic and spiritual our people were. The city has always been a center of science and culture. Tragedy and heroism go hand in hand in our exhibition. I am sure that this exhibition will not leave anyone indifferent as it presents the authentic relics of the seat,” added Yelena Lezik.