People’s Council commemorates those lost during Siege of Leningrad, German concentration camps prisoners

On January 27, in the debating chamber of the Government House, deputies of the DPR People’s Council honoured with a minute of silence the memory of the victims of Nazism during the Great Patriotic War.

“Exactly 76 years ago, a landmark event happened in the history of our great Fatherland – the besieged Leningrad was completely liberated from the Nazi invaders. Today is also Day of Military Honour of Russia.

The Siege of Leningrad lasted 872 days. This is one of the most tragic periods in the history of the Great Patriotic War, since the enemy, understanding crucial strategic importance to the capture of the city, used the most cruel and inhuman methods for this. Nazi troops intended to starve the city, wipe it off the face of the earth. Hundreds of thousands of civilians who died from cold and hunger, soldiers who laid their heads on the battlefield — the price of freedom, peace and prosperity was so prohibitive.

Later, on January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the prisoners of Auschwitz. This day has been declared by the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Today, when, unfortunately, history is being mercilessly distorted, and attempts to destroy historical memory are increasingly being made, I want to remind the whole world that the liberation of Auschwitz is a merit of the Soviet troops, the Soviet people, and it was thanks to them that peace came.

We are followers of the people who defeated fascism. We must always remember this. To remember those who died in that terrible war, to honour those who withstood everything in spite of all difficulties and hardships, to be grateful for being alive today.

In memory of all those whose lives were claimed during the Siege of Leningrad, during the liberation of the city from Nazi invaders, prisoners of the German death camps, a minute of silence is declared in memory of all soldiers and civilians,” Chairman of the People’s Council Vladimir Bidyovka appealed to his colleagues.

We shall recall that January 27 is Day of the complete liberation of Leningrad from the fascist blockade (1944). During the blockade, about 150 thousand shells were fired at the city and over 107 thousand incendiary and high-explosive aerial bombs were dropped. At the Nuremberg trials it was said that about 632 thousand people died in Leningrad. Of these, only 3% died from bombing and shelling, the rest died of starvation.

Also, January 27 is International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, approved by the UN General Assembly in 2005. On this day, in 1945, Soviet troops liberated the prisoners of the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz in southern Poland. During the existence of the concentration camp, over one and a half million people died in it, according to various estimates.

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