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Pierre Malinovsky, President of the Foundation for the Development of Russian-French Historical Initiatives, visited the main temple of the RF Armed Forces and the Memory Road multimedia gallery in the Moscow region before the start of an expedition to search for the bodies of Soviet soldiers who died in the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942-1943.
The expedition will take place from April 20 to May 1 near the village of Kuzmichi in the Volgograd region, where the burials of up to 200 Soviet soldiers can be found.
About 50 researchers will take part in the work, including representatives of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP), Russian experts and members of search teams. The project will be implemented jointly with the authorities of the Volgograd Region, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Russian Military-Historical Society and the search groups of the Great Patriotic War. The remains of the bodies of Soviet soldiers will be reburied at the Mamayev Kurgan.
“The project that we are now preparing about the Battle of Stalingrad is very important because it will be a dedication to the millions of people who died in Stalingrad. There are many places in France called Stalingrad, but people have forgotten why they are called that, and we would like to remind them of this. It is very important for us to make this project, which is aimed at preserving the true memory, ”said Pierre Malinovsky.
Before the start of the expedition, he visited the main Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the Memory Road Museum. Most of all, the president of the foundation was impressed by the image of the Savior Not Made by Hands in the central dome of the temple – the largest image of the face of Christ, made in mosaics.
“I was absolutely stunned when I saw the image of Christ, and these are incredible sensations that I will remember for a long time,” said Pierre Malinowski.
He examined the halls and galleries of the “Memory Road” museum complex, which houses historical exhibits from the Great Patriotic War, including photographs, documents, awards, weapons, personal belongings of soldiers and officers.
According to Malinovsky, visiting the museum inspires work.
“The museum helps me in my work, because when you feel the feat of the heroes who fought day after day, it helps a lot. You understand why you are doing all this, ”he said.
According to the president of the foundation, it is especially valuable that the museum gives the impression that you are in the center of events. “And this is very important. I have seen a lot and have been in different places, but what I saw here, I have not seen anywhere else, and I am absolutely impressed, ”he said.
According to him, in France “the whole history is erased, and there is less and less information about the battles of the Second World War.”
“It is very important to remember the story and pass it on. There are not many living witnesses of those terrible events left, so the feeling that we get here is extremely important, because it makes us remember, ”concluded the president of the foundation.
In honor of the Battle of Stalingrad after the end of the war, a square, avenue and a metro station in Paris, streets in Toulouse, Grenoble, Nice and other French cities were named. At the first Cannes Film Festival in 1946, the highest award was given to the film by Soviet director Friedrich Ermler, The Great Break, about the defenders of Stalingrad.
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