WARSAW, May 6 /TASS/. A multimedia photo exhibition telling about Nazi crimes and the Red Army’s liberation role in Europe opened at the Russian center of science and culture in Warsaw on Thursday. The visitors will also have a chance to use sensor screens to get acquainted with the history of the war and postwar years. Archive materials, films, photos, maps and statistical figures are available in the electronic version.
"Seventy-one years after the Great Victory, in which the Soviet Union played the leading role, it hurts to see attempts to falsify the Red Army’s liberation mission by some states in a bid to whiten their own stance during WWII; their attitude to neo-Nazism and finally to revise the WWII results, minimize our country’s role and squeeze it out of the winning powers," Viktor Skryabin, the deputy director of the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), who attended the exhibition’s opening ceremony, told TASS.
"Under these circumstances, the task of the museum community is to testify historical truth and bring it home to society the facts of how that really used to be," he added.
The exhibition features the events of the last year of the war when the Soviet Union paid with more than a million lives to liberate 11 countries from fascism. The display also shows the Polish contribution to the struggle against Nazi Germany. "We emphasize that at that time we found a possibility to unite efforts against our common enemy. It is a unique message to contemporary times," Skryabin said noting that it is extremely important to show that in a situation when many countries are demonstrating double standards when it comes to manifestations of neo-Nazism.
The postwar Soviet aid to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe is one of the central themes. "The Soviet government allocated food, medical supplies, consumer goods, industrial equipment and raw materials for them. The Soviet troopers took part in the restoration of destroyed populated localities, sections of railroads and the construction of bridges across the Vistula, Danube, Tisza and other rivers," the exhibition’s authors said.
In Poland, the Soviet Union played the key role in reviving the Polish industry by supplying equipment and technologies.