Volgograd presented its exhibition "From Stalingrad to Prague: the Way to the Joint Victory over Nazism" in Ostrava
The "From Stalingrad to Prague: the Way to the Joint Victory over Nazism" exhibition was held in Ostrava, the twin-city of Volgograd, in the Czech Republic.
The inauguration of the unique exhibition took place on June 19 at Ostrava's largest "Černá louka" exhibition centre and was attended by members of the European Parliament, diplomats, political and public figures of the Moravian-Silesian Region and the Czech Republic.
“What you see is the result of a great teamwork of many people who came together to preserve the historical truth. In other words, it is a true public diplomacy project!” said First Deputy Mayor of Volgograd Vladlen Kolesnikov, representing the city at the exhibition.
MEPs Jiří Maštálka and Kateřina Konečná who are the Ostrava exhibition organizers, Russian Consul General Andrey Sharashkin, Vice-Hetman of the Moravian-Silesian Region Ivan Strachoň, Russian Honorary Consul in Ostrava Aleš Zedník and Ostrava Vice-Mayor Zbyněk Pražák delivered a welcoming speech at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
“It is difficult to overestimate the importance of such projects for the development of twinning relations as well as for preserving historical memory,” Mr Pražák said. “The Czech people treat the memory of those years with great respect. That is why the motto we chose to commemorate the 70th anniversary of our city liberation sounds as Ostrava never forgets."
Members of the Ostravsky Russky Dom civil society organization, representatives of World War II veteran and Ostrava liberator Mikuláš Končický and Ostrava Technical University staff were the first visitors to the exhibition.
“We will take our children and students to this exhibition,” they promised.
The idea to organize the "From Stalingrad to Prague: the Way to the Joint Victory over Nazism" exhibition belongs to Volgograd Administration and the Czech Republic MEP Jiří Maštálka. The exhibition was presented to the general public for the first time in April, 2015 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Members of civil society organizations, independent researches, university professors and staff members of the largest Russian and European museums contributed to the creation of the exhibition.
Ostrava became the first city after Strasbourg to give people the opportunity to examine unique military documents and photographs. The exhibition will run till August 31.