77 years ago, the Red army defeated in the battle of Stalingrad

Today is the 77th anniversary of the red army’s victory in the most bloody and large-scale battle in the history of mankind — in the battle of Stalingrad. 330 thousand captive generals, officers and soldiers. Captured Soviet military was a German field Marshal Paulus, who played a crucial role in exposing the Nazis in the Nuremberg Tribunal.

Today is the 77th anniversary of the red army’s victory in the most bloody and large-scale battle in the history of mankind — in the battle of Stalingrad. The prisoner was 330 thousand German, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Italian and Croatian generals, officers and soldiers. The Soviet military was captured by German field Marshal Paulus, who was destined to play a crucial role in exposing the Nazis in the Nuremberg Tribunal.

This is the basement of the Central Department store of Volgograd — 77 years ago Stalingrad. Actually there was a point in the battle of Stalingrad — the Nazis surrendered. Figuratively — it is also kilometre zero (the Germans say), which began the liberation of Europe. This is the first. Second, captured the commander of the 6th field army of field Marshal Paulus, we have acquired a crucial witness, who then stood on trial in Nuremberg and was told about the crimes of the Nazis. In this room, and there were just the capture of Paulus.

“for the First time was taken by field Marshal Paulus. Because Paulus is one of the developers of the plan “Barbarossa”, the plan of attack on the Soviet Union. In our hands we got the person who knew all operative business of land forces, and was familiar with the leadership of the Third Reich. Therefore, it is difficult to overestimate this Stalingrad trophy” — explains the Deputy head of the Museum “Memory” in the city of Volgograd Oleg Firsov.

Fearing the testimony could give Paulus, German intelligence had prepared his abduction from Soviet captivity.

“It is, of course, very much guarded, that there was no provocation. After all, there have been attempts of subversive groups from the German side Paulus to destroy. But Paulus is very quickly evacuated from Stalingrad, and a few days later he was in Moscow”, — says Deputy head of the Museum “Memory” in the city of Volgograd Oleg Firsov.

After the war, the Soviet military secretly took the field Marshal in Germany, in Nuremberg, where Paulus acted as the main witness, denouncing fascism and Nazism.

Lawyer, historian, former Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia Alexander Zvyagintsev had been studying the crimes of the Nazis, the Nazis during the Second world war and the circumstances of its beginning.

“There is the only solution of the Nuremberg Tribunal, which defined the aggressor. They were Germany. I repeat, the important testimony of Paulus is that he said that aggression was prepared by Germany, from the very beginning, in 1940, the year. The Soviet Union (and they had such data of its intelligence service) is not prepared for any aggressive action attack on Germany. Paulus gave this testimony under oath,” — emphasizes the former Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia, historian Alexander Zvyagintsev.

on the day of the 77th anniversary of victory in the battle of Stalingrad to Volgograd there has arrived the Ambassador of Germany in Russia géza Andreas von Geir. He laid flowers to the Eternal flame in the Pantheon of Glory on Mamaev Kurgan. We asked how the Ambassador refers to the current attempts to distort the history of the Second world war:

“What are the feelings you had when you first came to Volgograd? What do you think of that great history are now trying to change, to rewrite it in Europe? Won’t this cause harm to Germany’s relations with Russia, Europe? How it will change everything?”.

“of Course, for me it’s a very exciting time to be here today in this special place. It is a place of mourning for us. And at the same time is the place where I experience deep gratitude, in spite of the horrors that were brought here by the national socialist terror. FLreconciliation relies on our memory, and that memory serves to remind us that we need to do everything possible in order to keep the peace on our continent”, — said extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Germany in Russia géza Andreas von Geir.

But on the question of new interpretations of history in Europe, Mr. Ambassador, unfortunately, not answered. This is probably a very difficult question.