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This bronze is in Gomel in the former USSR and it depicts the struggle against Hitler and the Nazi's. Almost every building in Gomel was destroyed and the population of Belarus fell by 25% in WW2.
This is just one of the many large bronze monuments to this war but probably the best monument is how they have rebuilt the cities in the grand Soviet style.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 Jun 2013 - 2:07 PM
Focal Length:41.6mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:'The Great Patriotic War'
Username:shishidog shishidog
Uploaded:14 Dec 2013 - 7:31 AM
Tags:Belarus, Bronze, Landscape / travel, Ww2
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
14 Dec 2013 - 9:03 AM

Moving, and beautifully taken. I don't know Gomel, bu have long-standing connections with St Petersburg. I have been struck by the way the WW2 memorials there convey grief and weariness as much as triumph. That's what I see here.
Moira

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shishidog
shishidog  2
14 Dec 2013 - 9:47 AM

It's interesting that our memorials seem to remember the dead but in Belarus they are all about remembering the struggle to beat Hitler.
There are no names on these memorials simply because so many died that there is no record of them. In Gomel where this memorial is it was almost completely destroyed along with most of Belarus.
There were many German dead too and they buried them in the parks. The Russians bulldozed their graves and restored the land to parkland.

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
14 Dec 2013 - 1:47 PM

What a heart rending historical fact. Powerful and impressive mass of sculpture.

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