Documentary Photo Exhibition to mark 75th Anniversary of Battle of Stalingrad at the RCSC in New Delhi

Under the framework of the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in India, a documentary photo exhibition "Hot Snow of Stalingrad: 200 days and nights", was inaugurated at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on July 17, 2017. The exhibition was dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the beginning of the military defenses of the Stalingrad City during the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945). The exhibition is being held with a view to providing information on the role of Russia in the Victory over fascism, and to prevent the glorification of nazism and promotion of neo- nazism. The event was organized jointly with the Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists (FIPA).

The exhibition has been provided by the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War (Moscow). The photographs and images on display on the Battle of Stalingrad (17.07.1942 -. 02.02.1943) reflected not only the beginning of a radical change in the course of the Great Patriotic War, but also the most important and perhaps the battles of World War II.

The photographs at the exhibition in chronological sequence shows the action on the defense and liberation of Stalingrad, portraits, group photos, telling about the military traveled roads, the heroic exploits of Yakov Pavlov and Mikhail Baranov, etc. The guests also learned that on November 19, 1942, the Soviet troops launched an offensive under the leadership of outstanding military front-runners such as Georgy Zhukov and Alexander Vasilevsky. The battle ended with the encirclement and destruction of more than three hundred thousand enemy groupings in February 1943, lasting, therefore, exactly 200 days and nights.

The exhibition is replete with great examples of Russian women’s heroic deeds – military doctors and nurses, radio operators and women pilots, who fought against Hitler’s troops along with Russian men, and who did not require any kind of indulgence for themselves. Moreover, it was their presence that inspired and motivated men fighters, and gave them new powers.

Servicemen of the Indian Army, leaders and activists of Indian public organizations like International Human Rights Organization, BRICS International Forum, International Federation of Indian-Russian Youth Clubs, Citizens Film Forum (CFF), FIPA, representatives of CIS countries, Indian graduates of Soviet / Russian universities and Russian compatriots visited the exhibition to pay tribute to the soldiers who died during World War II.

Honorable guests and speakers during the opening ceremony were similar in their opinion: the Battle of Stalingrad - one of the most incredible in modern military history of battles, in which Soviet soldiers, ignoring the losses, demonstrated the miracles of fortitude in the face of superior enemy forces.

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