Mr. An­drei Er­molovich

The Diplomatic Insight - - Contents - Mr. An­drei Er­molovich Am­bas­sador of Be­larus to Pak­istan

“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

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