An exhibition about the Battle of Stalingrad opened in Strasbourg
On February 14, a poster exhibition “Stalingrad in the Destiny of France” was opened in the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Strasbourg, prepared by the International Charity Foundation “The Battle of Stalingrad” (Volgograd) with support of Volgograd regional branch of Russian Military Historical Society.
The opening ceremony was attended by residents of Strasbourg, representatives of French patriotic associations, members of the diplomatic corps of Japan, Germany, Tunis, Morocco, the Czech Republic, France, Russia, political and public figures. The exposition was opened by the General Consul of the Russian Federation in Strasbourg Yury Soloviev, the Honorary citizen of Volgograd and the Chair of the Volgograd regional branch of the Russian Peace Foundation Yury Starovatykh, and the Chair of Volgograd City Council Vladlen Kolesnikov.
As the General Consul of the Russian Federation in Strasbourg Yury Soloviev remarked in his speech, the exhibition project from Volgograd is an efficient instrument of people’s diplomacy which is essential to bringing closer the peoples of Russia and France and to the improvement of Russian-French relations nowadays. Volgograd is the only Russian city awarded the highest French decoration, the National Order of the Legion of Honor, as a tribute to the heroic defenders of Stalingrad during world War 2.
The exposition stands depict the pre-revolutionary Tsaritsyn (Stalingrad) as an example of Russian-French cooperation, the history and international significance of the Battle of Stalingrad (1942–1943). Another theme was the impact of the victory in the Battle of Stalingrad on the French Resistance Movement, the French guerilla units under the name “Stalingrad”, the visits of Charles de Gaulle to Stalingrad (Volgograd) in 1944 and 1966, and the visit of François Mitterrand to Volgograd in 1984.