The film “Brest Fortress” shown at the UN

Six weeks before the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War in the UN headquarters showed a film about the first day of a large-scale conflict in modern history. Painting Alexander Kott “Brest Fortress” was the second in the program of solemn events taking place at the United Nations on the eve of the Victory Day.

Film screening was organized by the Permanent Mission of Russia and Belarus. The idea was also supported by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. At the UN, the tape was shown in Russian with English subtitles.

Tuesday night in the audience in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at the United Nations are almost no vacant seats. The guests of the evening were the permanent representatives of the host countries cinema, as well as Syria, Chad, representatives of missions of Germany, Italy, Spain and other countries and journalists. The audience in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at the United Nations saw the events of the first hours and days of the war through the eyes of Soviet soldiers and their families.

“A real prototype of the people you see in this film, it is hardly expected that the characters go down in history” - said the Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN Andrei Dapkiunas, speaking before the film.

The defenders of the Brest Fortress took the first blow of the war, which was to last another four long and bloody years. Early in the morning of June 22, 1941 the fortress was opened artillery fire by the German invaders. Plan of attack ordered completely take the fortress by noon of the same day. However, the defense of the fortress lasted more than a week, and some of the men held out for almost a month. One of the inscriptions in the fortress, left on July 20, says: “I am dying, but do not give up! Farewell, Motherland. 20.VII.41″.

“What made them to continue to fight when the fortress was already deep behind enemy lines? Civic duty, discipline, state of shock? My own idealistic guess is that they were forced to fight love. Love is the most near and dear to people whose lives have been threatened . Love of country, whose existence has been questioned. Love to the world from which they were forced to abandon “- shared Dapkiunas.

At the end of cinema in an interview with Russian journalists Dapkiunas noted how important was the presence in the hall representatives of the countries that fought the Soviet Union 70 years ago. He expressed particular appreciation to the Permanent Representatives of Germany, Spain and Italy, which, he said, “is not so easy to be in this room.” “I even someone of his colleagues said that after what they saw on the screen, they regretted the German Ambassador, who all had to look and experience,” - said the head of mission in Belarus.

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