We can treat museums in different ways, someone may believe nobody needs them and we don’t have to live in the past, others suppose it’s important to know and remember our history and culture. Some things should be remembered not to happen in future, first of all it relates to museums devoted to WWII.
There is a national museum of WWII in the foundation of the statue. We are going to see some pictures from there right now.
Mother Motherland of Kiev can be seen from many places of the city. It’s really huge, bigger than the Statue of Liberty in NY. When it was built it was the biggest structure in all the USSR. Mother Motherland symbolizes struggle of the Soviet people with fascism.
The museum has more than 300 thousands of exhibits from various corners of the USSR. The exposition tells about the war all over the territory of the Soviet Union – from the north seas to Sebastopol and Caucasus.
The fragment of the ruins left by first hours of the Brest fortress battle. It’s all in one piece: brick, aircraft bombs and shells fragments etc.
Fragments of shells melted in this brick brought from the streets of Kiev 1941.
Plate, spoon and cup of a soldier.
Soviet attack plane IL-2 crashed under Kiev in 1941.
It was lying on the ground exactly the same way.
“Defence of Kiev” installation.
Heats of these people stopped in September 1941 under Kiev.
Notebook of a Red Army colonel.
Water card of a woman from Odessa. During the defence of the city its citizens suffered from shortage of water.
The document conferring the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
One of the most terrifying notifications that was received by people who lived in the rear – it said that their relatives were listed among the missing ones.
Values of Leningrad under siege – meal tickets and a piece of black bread which was becoming smaller and smaller with each new month of the siege.
The cost of life of Leningrad under siege. 125 grams of bread for children, soldiers and dependents in the hardest months.
The hall of death camps. The installation in the centre represents a guillotine, barbed wire and camp uniform.
Decomposed camp clothes.
Numbered child’s shirt.
“Everything that remained from a person”.
One of the most frightening exhibits – the woman’s gloves made of human skin.
Soap from human fat boiled in one of the German concentration camps.
Bone-crushing machine. Germans used to make field fertilizers from bones under Kiev.
The book of the dead prisoners of the war in the death camp Slavuta.
The cross shaped from army death notices.
Soldiers’ tobacco pouches.
Soldiers’ letters that never reached addressees.
The giant memory hall shaped like a semicircle. When you stand at its entrance you do not see the exit so it seems it does not end.
Glasses near death notices.
More death notices.
Countless photos of the dead.
Surnames of heroes of the war.