MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
In correctional colony No. 9, the inmates of the modeling circle created a panoramic project of the battle of May 1945, in the center of which is a two-meter model of the dilapidated building of the Reichstag.
Now the panorama, the opening of which was timed to coincide with the Day of Memory and Mourning, has become part of the permanent museum exposition of the correctional institution, among other exhibits dedicated to the Great Victory.
For six months, five convicts were making a grandiose model. From plastic polymers, paints, sand, clay and natural materials, they created not only the building itself, the landscape, but also heavy armored vehicles, soldiers, and combat weapons. Convicts were engaged in construction in their free time.
After careful study, every detail and figure was painted and installed in a pre-determined place.
It should be noted that the panorama was recreated from aerial photographs taken by the Soviet military, taken the day after the memorable battle. These photographs, however, as well as books on modeling, several ready-made replica models of tanks, self-propelled guns and Soviet soldiers, were provided by employees of the educational department of the correctional colony.
“The task was to convey the scale and details of the battle as accurately as possible, to bring the viewers closer to the perception of that moment,” explains Sergey Klyosov, deputy chief of IK-9. “That is why you see how much“ ash ”was used in the panorama. We also did it – we selected the color, so we mixed chalk and clay to get the gray color of the suspended coals. That is why there is absolutely not a single area with grass or trees here – there is only scorched earth all around. We want to convey this historical fact to the convicts, tell and clearly show what war is and what should not be forgotten.
Before the grand opening of the panorama of the battle for the Reichstag, the staff of the educational service gave the convicts a lecture about the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, about the events preceding its beginning and about the battle for the Reichstag itself; for clarity, historical photographs were given.
Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Kursk Region
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