Japan in the Great Patriotic War Museum Minsk

Japan in the Great Patriotic War Museum Minsk 大祖国戦争史国立博物館 We recently visited the Great Patriotic War Museum Minsk, Belarus, and the Japan-related exhibits there were particularly interesting. As a whole the capital city, Minsk, is beautiful. Belarus is Europe’s last dictatorship, and Minsk very much feels like an archetypal dictator’s showcase city. The streets are quiet and clean, there are a lot of parks and landscaped areas, much of which is purposefully grandiose, borrowing not a little from 1930s German and Russian ideas of public space design. A lot of the architecture, too, echoes “glorious,” “heroic,” “ever onward” totalitarianism. One of the most striking architectural presences in Minsk – and by far the most modern – is the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War. The Belorussian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War is unique because it began even before the “Great Patriotic War” was over, i.e., in 1942. History To provide a little background … Belorussian history is complicated. Belarus began in about the 6th to 8th century when peoples from further east settled there. And since about the 13th century it has been something of a ping-pong ball paddled between East […]

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