“Stalingrad’s Call for Peace” sounded in Rome

On the evening of the 16th February, the exhibition from Volgograd “Stalingrad: a Call for Peace” was opened in the Russian Center for Science and Cultural situated in the Italian capital. The event could boast an excellent attendance including figures from the Italian academic, cultural and business circles, representatives from the Italian twin-cities of Volgograd, leading educational institution of Rome and Volgograd, political experts, students, journalists, members of philanthropic and research organizations. The ceremony was opened by the director of the Russian Center for Science and Cultural Oleg Osipov and the Mayor of Volgograd Andrey Kosolapov.

The photographic and documentary exhibition was timed to the 75th anniversary of the Stalingrad Victory and created with the support of the Volgograd region administration on the basis of the materials gathered by the panoramic museum “The Battle of Stalingrad” and the leading museum institutions of Russia and abroad. Documents and photos, posters, maps, effigal and narrative pictures, paintings and graphic works that are featured in the exhibition, center around the great battle on the Volga, which became a turning point of the Second World War. The exhibition follows a thematic chronology: each of its sections is dedicated to a specific stage of the battle on the Volga. Among its prominent themes are the the tragedy of Stalingrad civilians and the city’s renaissance from the ruins.

“The Battle of Stalingrad is the largest and bloodiest battle in the history of the humankind. More than 2 million people from both sides perished in it. Before the war, there were 500 thousand people living in Stalingrad. On the 2nd February 1943, only 30 thousands remained alive. The war spare no one, neither soldiers nor civilians, in all its manifestations it brings only destruction, confusion, and death. Today, here we are to a history lesson again. This should never happen again,” said Andrey Kosolapov.

The opening of the exhibition in Rome was accompanied by such events as the round table “Stalingrad: the history lesson that we never quite learned”. The moderator of it was the director of the Volgograd Institute of Management, the branch of the RANEPA (Russian Presidential of National Economy and Public Administration) Igor Tyumentsev. Italian and Russian experts talked about largely unknown historical facts related to the Battle of Stalingrad, the Russian campaign, the challenges that the countries have to face today. Maria Teresa Giusti, Professor of Modern History at the Gabriel d'Annunzio State University did the presentation of her new book – “The Russian Campaign of 1941-1943”.

Within the exhibition, the work conversations were held by the Mayor of Volgograd and the members of the Ortona City Council. Representatives of the Italian twin-city arrived in Rome to attend the exhibition and expressed the desire to show it in their city.

Let us be reminded that the “Stalingrad: a Call for Peace” exhibition started its journey across Europe on the 2nd of February 2018 - the day of the 75th anniversary of the Stalingrad Victory. It has already been demonstrated to the people in at the Russian Orthodox Clerical and Cultural Center on February 5. Later on, an exhibition project from Volgograd will be seen by the residents of Germany, Belgium, Turkey. all editions of the exhibition are translated into the languages of the target countries and feature respectively associated materials.

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