And Here, World Peace Begins

In anticipation of the Victory Parade 2020, let’s look through old French, Italian, American and Swiss newspapers from the WWII era. Partially yellowed and covered with ink spots, they announce the victory of the USSR and its allies in the anti-Hitler coalition over Nazi Germany.

The scans of the newspapers were presented to Rossotrudnichestvo by one of its friends in Italy, the head of the Center for the Promotion of Italian Books Giovanni Cipriani. He selected and scanned about 400 newspaper strips from World War II. Here is what G. Cipriani said at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Rome, presenting his online exhibition: “The main idea of the project, entitled as “Russia and the Great Patriotic War, seen by the press and international documents” is to show how media was perceived by public at the time. By reading newspapers and other periodicals of those years, we learn how the great battle unfolded, in which the Red Army and the Soviet people became the main characters who defeated the invader and achieved Victory”.

We do not provide translation of all headlines, which reveal historical events of the spring 1945. We believe they can speak for themselves.

The end of April, an assault on the German capital is in full swing. “Red Army In Berlin. Battling against fanatical resistance by suicide troops of Hitler’s elite guard” American Stars and Stripes wrote. The headline of the Paris “Ce Soir” says: “The Soviet Flag Rises Over the Reichstag.” “Marshal Zhukov is in the heart of Berlin,” – the French “Le Depeche” published.

On April 25, Soviet and American troops met at the Elbe River, near Torgau in Germany. The New York Times wrote: ” Heads across the Elbe; Americans and Russians meet in Reich.”

On April 25, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump adopted a joint statement commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the meeting on the Elbe. On the same day 75 years ago, the San Francisco Conference laid the foundation for the United Nations.

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