04 октября / 2013

The delegation of the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 visits Slovenia

Fr om September 30 to October 4 Vladimir Zabarovsky, Director of the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 and Viktor Skryabin, Museum Deputy Director for exhibition activity paid a visit to Slovenia. The purpose of the visit was to study the issue of establishing of a museum memorial in Maribor dedicated to our soldiers who died in Slovenia in the period of the two world wars as well as the development of direct relations with the Slovenian military and historical museums.

The building of the Nazi concentration camp wh ere in 1941-1942 the Soviet prisoners of war were held and, in fact, doomed to death, has been preserved in Maribor. In 2011 the President of Slovenia and the Russian Ambassador to Slovenia opened the memorial plate on that building. The idea of a museum was supported by the Slovenian authorities, veteran and other civic organizations.

The Director of the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 was received by the Secretary of State (the Deputy Minister) of the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia Andrej Černič, who appreciated the idea of opening ​​a memorial.

The meetings were held with directors of the National Liberation Museum of Maribor, the Ljubljana Museum of Modern History, the City Museum of Ljubljana. During the negotiations carried out on the threshold of the two anniversaries - the 100th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 70th anniversary of the Victory over the Nazi Germany - the parties discussed the issue of participation of military and historical museums of Slovenia in the creation of an exposition dedicated to our soldiers who died in Slovenian land in the period of the two world wars.

The delegation had separate meetings with the mayors of Maribor and Ljubljana.

Zabarovsky also visited the Russian Chapel under the Vršič Pass that has become a symbol of Russian-Slovenian friendship.