Happy Victory Day!!

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Not all countries celebrate it (which is really surprising to me), and some have celebrated it yesterday*, but being Russian, I commemorate the Day of Victory over the Nazi Germany on May 9. My grandfather fought that terrible war for all 4 year, while my wife’s grandmothers lived through the horrific 900-day siege of Leningrad… How blessed we are to have the freedom that so many gave their lives for!

Happy Victory Day, Everyone!!

Let us not forget those who fought, and gave lives for our freedom. Let’s remember them today.

Happy Victory Day, everyone!!

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* The difference in dates of celebration between most of Europe and Russia stems from the time difference. The German Instrument of Surrender entered into force on May 8, 1945 at 23:01 CET, which was already May 9, 01:01 am Moscow Time.

5 thoughts on “Happy Victory Day!!

  1. We, the french, also celebrate this historic day and each year we mark it with a national holiday on May 8th. I currently work in Germany and for some reason we didn’t get to have the day off…

    Happy Victory Day to you too Geno.

  2. Wow, I didn’t know the exact date, but I knew that that battle was hard fought by many brave men defending Russia. It’s one of the most monumental battles of all time.

    My hat is off in respect to those soldiers and all their ancestors.

  3. Ron,

    I think that 9 May was the date chosen by then Soviet Union to mark the day when the Red Army reached Berlin (but do not quote me on it).

    Geno,

    To me this day brings mixed emotions. On one hand we were liberated from one “evil” while on the other hand the communist regime was not much better. I have members of my family murdered or sent to Siberia by the Soviets eve though my grandfather fought the war on the Red’s side.

    I think any kind of war is ugly. Just because of one or two crazies (in our case Hitler and Stalin) millions of people lost their lives and many cases brothers fought brothers…

    Our generation has an obligation to have no more wars.

  4. Ron, you’re probably referring to the Battle of Stalingrad, the bloodies battle in modern history (between 1,250,000 and 1,798,619 casualties reported), and the turning point of WW II. It took place much earlier than the Victory Day. See the Wikipedia article on it here.

    Vlad, I’ve watched a number of documentaries on that time over the past few days, and the times that the Russians, Ukrainians, Belorussians, etc had to go through during that war were all the more terrible because of Stalin and how “Soviet” people were dieing in concentration camps on both the German and the Soviet side. Stalin’s cult of the personality was also the subject of my Cambridge dissertation, and what I personally celebrate every May 9 is the victory of the people that didn’t bend their knees. . . Mixed emotions? Definitely. But pride for my people is greater.

  5. Yes, that was it. The Battle of Stalingrad.

    It’s amazing what human beings are capable of doing to each other. It really makes you take a step back.

    Thank you very much for the article, Geno.

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