That day when war at last was brought to end…

08.05.2017

The Coastline

Aleksandr Tvardovsky

 

That day when war at last was brought to end,

And all the barrels shot for celebration

There was one minute in that hour that led

Our souls to deep and profound meditation.

 

At journey’s end, with our homes far away,

We truly said our first farewells, left standing,

To everyone who’d fallen in the war

The living parting ways with those who’d perished.

 

Until that moment, at the bottom of our hearts,

All our goodbyes were never truly final.

As if in war our parts were equal parts,

And only tally records could divide us

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The Sacred War (1941)

The Second World War started in 1939 in Europe but the Russian Great Patriotic War began with another date – June 22, 1941. Although it started later for us, the Soviet Union, without a doubt bore the brunt of it: in total in those 5 years we lost more than 26 MILLION people (around 2/3 of them were civilians). For people of our country the Nazi army was the infernal evil. They got up to fight it and they won. We post this song in remembrance of their valour and their ultimate sacrifice.

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Buchenwald Alarm Bells (1958)

This is another powerful anti-war song, sung by the great Muslim Magomaev.
It is about the victims of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
It was over its gates that the infamous slogan Jedem das Seine (“to each its own”) was written… For those of you who have never heard about the place, there is a Wikipedia page: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buche…
Although dozens or maybe even hundreds of thousands died in this hellish place, the translator, Olga Yurchenko, wants to dedicate this video to one of its few German inmates, Ernst Thälmann.

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