"From Stalingrad to Prague: the Way to the Joint Victory over Nazism" exhibition in Brno
The "From Stalingrad to Prague: the Way to the Joint Victory over Nazism" exhibition was inaugurated on September 9, 2015 at the Administration of the South Moravian Region in the city of Brno. The exhibition was an initiative of European Parliament Deputy from the Czech Republic Jiří Maštálka and the Volgograd Administration. It is supported by Hetman of the South Moravian Region M. Hašek and runs under the auspices of Russian Consul General in Brno A.E. Sharashkin.
Russian Consul General in Brno Andrey Sharashkin, Hetman of the South Moravian Region Michal Hašek, Member of the European Parliament from the Czech Republic Jiří Maštálka, Mayors of Moravia’s cities, members of military history clubs, the Brno citizens and the Russian language students of Brno universities took part in the opening ceremony.
M. Hašek stressed in his speech that holding such exhibitions is extremely important at the times when someone attempts to rewrite history. According to Hetman, it is important to remember that it was the Red Army that liberated South Moravia from Nazi occupants. Had it not been for the Soviet soldiers and Allied troops, the Czech Republic would have remained part of the German protectorate. No Czech language would be heard, people would keep dying in concentration camps and a Nazi banner would be fluttering over the Spilberk Castle. In Hašek’s opinion, exhibitions dedicated to military history deservedly commemorate the memory of the Hero Liberators who sacrificed their lives to liberate not only the Soviet Union but also European countries, including Czechoslovakia.
A.E. Sharashkin sincerely thanked the Moravian people for their cherishing the memory of the Red Army heroes who gave their lives to destroy Nazism.
MEP J. Maštálka said the exhibition reminded him that had it not been for what happened 70 years ago, neither modern Europe nor the European Union would exist. He urged to commemorate the memory of those who fought against Nazism by citing Cicero, a famous ancient Roman philosopher and orator: “The life of the dead is placed on the memories of the living.”
Original publication: http://www.brno.mid.ru/mer/mer_231.html