A mourning rally commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Fascism was held at the square of the Fallen Heroes in the city of Pskov, Russia, on September 11, the official website of government bodies of Pskov region informed.
Representatives of the local authorities, elected officials, and local residents came to honor the victims of fascism with a minute of silence and laid flowers at the memorial.
“Many of our compatriots died during this war. Tens of thousands of children were deprived of their childhood. They had to live with fear from an early age. Fascist Germany prepared in advance for this war but all Soviet people, young an old, stood up against it and stopped this infernal machine, dealing a crushing blow to it,” said Vladimir Vorobyov, the deputy mayor of the city of Pskov, adding that during the Great Patriotic War [referred to as World War II in Europe – editor’s note] more than 244 thousand people died in the city of Pskov. He thanked all those who were rebuilding our country during the post-war period, and expressed hope that such a tragedy will never happen again.
The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Fascism has been commemorated since 1962. The second Sunday of September was chosen as the day for the remembrance because the beginning and the end of World War II falls precisely on this month: the Nazi attack on Poland on September 1, 1939 and the surrender of Japan on September 2, 1945. World War II has no equivalents in terms of casualties. The Soviet people suffered particularly heavy losses during the war against fascism, losing 27 million lives.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency