A new historical documentary virtual exhibition, ‘Feat for the Motherland. Memory for Life’ opens on 5 May on the Moscow Main Archive Directorate website to mark the 50th anniversary of the national military memorial Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
“The virtual project’s opening coincides with Victory Day, marking the Soviet people’s victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War and continues the cycle of ‘One Document Exhibitions.’ In this case, the main exhibit is a photograph that captures the event of 50 years ago, a fragment of the ceremony to light the Eternal Flame on 8 May 1967 during the opening of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The photo by well-known photographer Valentin Sobolev shows a group of Heroes of the Soviet Union, headed by Alexei Maresyev, walking towards Alexandrovsky Garden and the Kremlin wall with the torch that will be used to light the Eternal Flame, which symbolises the memory of the selfless feats performed by the heroes who gave their lives for the Motherland. The flow of people to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has never ended in the fifty years that have followed. People of all ages and all nationalities bow their heads in memory of those unknown soldiers who gave their lives to defend their homeland’s freedom and independence, peace and happy future. This memorial is a sacred place for our people and is our memory, pride and conscience,” said Director of the Moscow Main Archive Directorate Yaroslav Onopenko.
The exhibition presents the history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’s creation and offers unique sound recordings of recollections of soldiers and the memorial’s initiators, along with archival documents and photos.
The virtual exhibition can be visited on the Moscow Main Archive Directorate and the Moscow City Central State Archive website.