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23 December 2021, 09:03

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Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the fighters of the Moscow people’s militia gathered in the Hall of Fame of the Victory Museum.

The results of the competition of school museums were summed up in the capital. Chairman of the Moscow City Duma Alexey Shaposhnikov and Deputy Head of the Department of Education and Science Anton Molev awarded prizes to schools – winners of the competition “In memory of the feat of the people’s militia of Moscow in the battle for Moscow.”

In 2021, the whole country celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Moscow, an event that turned the tide of the Great Patriotic War. Important events timed to coincide with this date were the gathering of the descendants of the members of the people’s militia of Moscow, organized by the Moscow Center “Patriot.Sport”, and rewarding the laureates of the competition of school museums “In memory of the feat of the people’s militia of Moscow in the battle for Moscow” – a joint project of the Moscow City Duma and Department of Education and Science of the city of Moscow.

Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the fighters of the Moscow people’s militia gathered in the Hall of Fame of the Victory Museum. It was in this museum that the decision was made to create a competition.

The descendants of the militias living in other cities and countries joined the rally online. The guest of honor was Viktor Prokofiev, a militia member of the 1st Moscow Rifle Division of the People’s Militia, who went to the front at the age of 16.

“Schools – winners and prize-winners received their well-deserved awards. But it is much more important that this is one of those significant events during which we unite. Almost all educational organizations in Moscow took part in this competition. Many thanks to the guys and teachers who keep this memory, ”said Anton Molev.

Awards for memory, thanks for life

The solemn event was also attended by the director of the Victory Museum Alexander Shkolnik, the first deputy chairman of the Moscow City Council of Veterans Viktor Kulikov, representatives of public associations, Moscow teachers and schoolchildren, members of search teams.

When determining the winners, they assessed how effectively the museum was integrated into the educational process, what technologies and methods of presenting material were used in the exhibitions, as well as the work of schoolchildren in creating exhibitions.

School No. 1522 named after V.I. Churkin, school No. 1251 named after General Charles de Gaulle and school No. 1249. In the nomination “Exposition in the school museum dedicated to the people’s militia” prizes were taken by schools No. 1770, 37 and 1363. The best in the nomination “School exhibition dedicated to the people’s militia” were Moscow State Educational Complex, schools No. 2005 and 1474.

Moscow City Duma Chairman Alexei Shaposhnikov presented awards for his contribution to the patriotic education of the young generation to the director of the Moscow center “Patriot.Sport” Marat Kuchushev and the president of the publishing house “Planeta” Sergei Moiseev. He also thanked the teachers, teachers, museum staff, schoolchildren who participate in the program “In memory of the Moscow people’s militia.” Alexey Shaposhnikov expressed gratitude to the Victory Museum for being the methodological center of museum school work.

The chairman of the Moscow City Duma added that this year marks 80 years since the formation of the divisions of the Moscow people’s militia, 80 years since the victorious start of the Soviet counteroffensive in the battle of Moscow. In connection with this date, a law was passed stating that October 11 is now celebrated as the Memorial Day of the Moscow people’s militia in 1941.

“This feat is associated with the hardest battles that took place near Vyazma, when the militias paved the way for our army, took it out of the encirclement. We will never forget this feat, ”said Alexey Shaposhnikov.

History in pages and hearts

At the rally, the guests heard stories about the people’s militias, prepared by their children and grandchildren, as well as by activists of Moscow school museums. The head of the Bogoroditskoye Pole Museum, Igor Mikhailov, from the Smolensk Region, spoke about the Vyazma cauldron, into which almost all the militia fell in October 1941.

Yuri Yakovlev, the son of Anatoly Yakovlev, a militiaman of the 4th division of the Kuibyshevsky district of Moscow, read one of the front-line letters of his deceased father. And Evgeny Savilov, the son of Valentin Savilov, a militiaman of the 5th division of the Frunzensky district of Moscow, spoke about the fate of his father.

Elena Neishtadt, the militia’s granddaughter, who lives in Israel, joined the meeting via video link. And the actress of the Moscow Art Theater named after A.P. Chekhova Anastasia Skorik told about her grandfather – the famous screenwriter Viktor Rozov, who fought in the 8th Krasnopresnensk division of the people’s militia.

After that, the students presented their research projects. Pupils of school No. 1362 told about the museum of military glory of the 2nd division of the people’s militia in Moscow, which was created together with veterans, as well as about the tourist project “Roads of memory of the 2nd division of the people’s militia of the Stalin district of Moscow”, whose participants are restoring and going through the battle path division, starting from the place of its formation to the place of the last attack in the Vyazemsky ring, which took place on October 11, 1941 near the village of Bogoroditsky, Vyazemsky district, Smolensk region.

Students of school № 293 named after A.T. Tvardovsky were told about the Newspaper from the Front project. One of the volunteer battalions was formed in the building of this school on Kasatkina Street (during the war years – Fabrichnaya Street). For several years now, schoolchildren have been reconstructing the history of the 3rd Moscow Communist Rifle Division using various documents and sources, including the newspapers On Defense of Moscow and Forward to the West. The guys collect the facts of the biography of the fighters of the division, returning the memory of forgotten names.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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