Minsk is the Capital of Belarus. Belarus is a country hugely tormented during World War II. Huge fights took place there and war memories are strongly weaved with the history of their capital and country in general. Minsk was largely destroyed back then and was rebuild almost from scratch. You know… WW II is only 70 years ago. It is not “ancient” history, but quite close.
There are memorials related to war and suffering all over Minsk. One of them is the War Museum located in Minsk. We visited the museum during winter time and the overall snow covered city of Minsk added a dramatic tone to our visit.
This picture was taken from afar. At the museum exterior this concept of a sculpture and a monument is so huge that you need to be far to take a picture of it.
A closer look reveals more details.
The government of Minsk has done an amazing work with this museum. Scroll down to see how they depicted the life of Belorussian partisans.
Here is a “collection” of explosive mechanisms, placed at train rails.
There are lots of memorabilia with awards and decorations of heroes of that war.
One of its main characteristics was that they don’t just present relics and memorabilia related to World War II but they actually used authentic props to rebuild entire scenes.
In that way the visitor can really experience (walking through) how partisans acted and the cruelty of that period of time, that shed the blood of millions.
Below: Partisans propaganda and news office.
Below, is a guns repair and maintenance shed.
When someone goes deeper into the history of this country they realize that these people had to fight against many hostile factors during their existence.
Below, an authentic train wagon, with which Belorussians were transferred to concentration camps.
Perhaps that is why they needed to depict how people lived during World War time. The whole feeling can transfer you back to those freezing cold times, where people were trying to free their country from Nazi invasion.
The museum walk ends up into a monument located at the top where one can see actual numbers of killed, plus the locations were battles took place.
It is really impressive as it is a very tall hall.
Our feelings at the end produced a mix of thoughts for the bravery of people of Belarus, along with that huge sacrifice.
Perhaps this is the reason such museums must exist as we had the same feeling when we visited Dachau in Munich.
Stand by for our visit to the Art Museum of Belarus.