- At Victory Headquarters is both a historical and cultural exhibition, which has just opened at the Novy Manezh. It continues the series of five annual exhibitions, At Victory Headquarters, devoted to the 75th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War significant dates and covers the period from late December of 1941 to early January 1943.
The exhibition includes unique documents that have never been on display before which were drawn up by authorities at the top, the decisions of which greatly influenced the course of military actions taken in 1942, and the formation of an anti-Hitler coalition. The decisions also helped mould public life. Visitors will be able to view documents from the State Defence Committee of the USSR, resolutions by the Supreme High Command General Headquarters and the General Staff of the Red Army, the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party, the Council of People’s Commissars and the Supreme Council of the USSR. There will also be documents from the personal archives of Joseph Stalin, Andrei Zhdanov and Vyacheslav Molotov.
In addition to this, visitors will learn about the activity of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR and the Komsomol. A separate section is devoted to everyday life of Soviet families. Visitors will also be able to view a re-enactment of Stalin’s office in the Kremlin and models of military vehicles and weapons used by the Red Army. In total, there will be over 400 exhibits on display.
Among the exhibitors are the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History, the Central Archive of the Defence Ministry, the Central Archive of the Federal Security Service, the Archive of the Russian President, the Federal Protection Service, the Historical and Documentary Department of the Foreign Ministry, the Russian State Archive, the Federal Archival Agency, the Russian Historical Society, and the History of the Fatherland Foundation.
The exhibition will be on until 25 June during the working hours of the Novy Manezh (from noon to 9 pm).
According to Minister of the Moscow Government and Head of the Department of Culture Alexander Kibovsky, the opening of the exhibition gave a festive start to events in honour of Victory Day.
“In the next few days, hundreds of concert, theatrical, sports and animation programmes will be held at dozens of venues, but museum and exhibition projects play a special role here,” the minister said.
He added that entrance to such museums as the State Museum of Defence of Moscow, The History of the T-34 Tank Museum and the Museum of Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia will be free. Exhibitions devoted to the war heroes and photo chronicles will open in boulevards, squares and in public gardens.
"We have special projects with the TASS Agency, devoted to the historical parade on Red Square in different years. However, this project is special, because it is addressed to those who want to study more deeply and carefully this great history, the memory of which we celebrate these days. 1942. Victory Headquarters is a unique composition of documents, which includes 750 truths from that particular era, which have been made available for the first time to the public at large. They are represented here. During the public holidays, entrance to this exhibition will also be free. I would really like as many people as possible to come and feel the atmosphere of how the Victory was created, which we will celebrate in the near future, "Alexander Kibovsky said.