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'The Great Patriotic War'

By shishidog
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.

Tags: Ww2 Bronze Landscape and travel Belarus

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2013 9:03AM
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.

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14 Dec 2013 9:47AM
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.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
14 Dec 2013 1:47PM
What a heart rending historical fact. Powerful and impressive mass of sculpture.

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