Mr. Andrei Ermolovich
“Belarus paid a dreadful price for the Great Victory… We lost every third resident of our Country”.
F or millions of people in Belarus the Victory Day has become an eternal testimony to the courage of the nations that overcame the world’s greatest evil, which is fascism. 70 years separate us from that spring. But the memory about the Great Patriotic War does not fade. It lives in every town and village, is passed from generation to generation, from heart to heart uniting us by the living thread of love for the Homeland. After trespassing upon the Soviet Union borders the Nazi Soviet people rose up to defend their Homeland. Nobody ‘brown plague’. It was in the land watered with the blood of Soviet people that the key battles were fought. appeared in the occupied Belarusian land. Over one million partisans rose up against the Nazi — a great people’s army, which actions were of strategic importance and were an important factor in destroying the enemy. the home front secured the economic supremacy over the aggressor. During the war the Soviet Union produced two times as much combat hardware and weaponry that Hitler’s Germany did. Moral durability of the nation was the key advantage of the machine of the Third Reich. The Soviet Union countered the man-hateful ideology of national socialism with the ideology of humanism and internationalism. Over 100 nations and peoples of the USSR rose up together to defend the common Homeland. Belarus paid a dreadful price for the great victory. We lost every third resident of our country. Belarus made the invaluable contribution to the downfall of the enemy. It was a partisan republic. About 500,000 people were in the ranks of the underground resistance movement. Of them 88 people were awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union title. The heroic resistance of the nation against fascism began in Brest Fortress, in battles near Grodno, Minsk, Polotsk, Lepel, Vitebsk, Borisov, Mogilev, and Gomel to continue till the last invader was ejected. We will always remember those who fell in battles and were killed by the atrocity of fascists. Grateful Belarus remembers you and honors your feat. We will do everything and death must never again be lit in the Belarusian land. This memorable date gives much food for thought. Why do decades since the First World War? How could a cave ideology of the Nazism gain momentum in the civilized world? Will the present political elite have enough wisdom We have learnt lessons from the tragic events of the 20th century. We know the value of peace and concord and we will stay committed to our ideals. The victory in May 1945 is our greatest contribution to the rescue and development of the human civilization, to our common peaceful present and future. We are the heirs of the great nation of victors to whom Europe owes its freedom and prosperity. The understanding of this fact serves as a source of our strength and self