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This year on the 9th of May Russian people are celebrating the 68th anniversary of the Victory in World War 2 ( or the Great Patriotic War, as it’s known in Russia). So, on the 2nd of May we had a class excursion (with my 12 year-old students) to the Hero City of Volgograd, that is situated 400 km away from our city Saratov. We travelled by train and spent the whole day in Volgograd visiting different sights.
The city of Volgograd is much more known to the foreigners under the name of Stalingrad. It remained in people’s memory as the place of one of the fiercest and bloodiest battles in human history. The battle (against German troops) began on August 23, 1942, and on the same day, the city suffered heavy aerial bombardment. The fighting was of unprecedented intensity: the central railway station of the city changed hands thirteen times, and the Mamayev Kurgan (hill) (one of the highest points of the city) was captured and recaptured eight times. The battle lasted two hundred days and nights. On the 2nd of February 1943 German troops surrendered and the battle was over. More than 1 200 000 Russian people died during the battle. The city was almost totally destroyed. After viewing the ruins of the streets and plant buildings, the ex-ambassador of the USA in Soviet Union Davis said: “This city is dead and you will never revive it.” But, against all expectations, Stalingrad has resurrected itself out of the ashes. This year we’re celebrating the 70th anniversary of the this victory.
After the war a memorial on Mamayev Kurgan was built to commemorate the battle. Its most noticeable feature is a giant statue of Mother Russia depicted as Greek goddess Nika with a sword in her hand. The statue embodies the unity of the Russian forces. It is listed as one of Seven Wonders of Russia. Its total height is 87 metres (52 metres is just the statue itself, her sword is 33 metres). In comparison the famous Statue of Liberty in the US is just 46 metres in total.
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